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Carn a Chlamain

Carn a Chlamain


Postby dawnfoth » Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:43 pm

Route description: Càrn a'Chlamain

Munros included on this walk: Càrn a' Chlamain

Date walked: 20/10/2012

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 29 km

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So here goes my first Walk Report....

The forecast I saw had indicated fog and mist. Not a great day for someone who doesn't navigate very well. However, I am climbing the walls and need to get out. And this is the hill because I have had my eye on knocking it off since long before I climbed Beinn Dearg (its neighbour) a few weeks ago. The drive from Dunblane to Blair Atholl was indicating that the forecast might just be right... :roll:

I left the car at cowboy time bursting for a pee (yeah I know you really don't want to know)... Being a woman though - this is a problem. There is never anywhere to hide! :?

I was taking my bike for this trip and the route was right across the road from the car park (the sign is a bit of a giveaway). The trees are bursting with colour and the river is running wild at the bottom of a very deep gorge. I kept going past Marble Lodge, a lovely wee self catering cottage and continued on to the bridge opposite Balaneasie. 1hr 10mins

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I think thats my hill....

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Marble Lodge


This is where I dumped my bike and started walking up the side of the grassy hill. I was so desperate for a pee I had to go on the middle of the open hillside. I just got my trousers up when I saw a chap at the bottom of the hill. Phew! :shock:

The weather was looking good and I got a glimpse of the grey rocky summit. However, 20 minutes later cloud appeared, so I played my Safety Card, which was to follow the track all the way as it takes a detour. The chap behind me had gone cross country.

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Last jaunt to the summit


Anyway, I eventually reached the summit all clouded in, but moving.... I briefly chatted to the chap on the summit, whilst scoffing lunch and grapes. Another guy appeared over the shoulder after Chap 1 took off. I stayed on the summit for about half an hour. It was really nice and Beinn Dearg and the Beinn a Ghlo range were both clearing. The munro tops are littered with dribs and drabs of snow, but don't get excited.... Chap 2 arrived (Ahhhh.... mr man I met in the car park).... Gee whizz, he was motoring on... took me 2hrs from bike park..... half an hour on summit

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Thats me on the summit

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Looking East to Beinn a Ghlo

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Looking back down the glen from the summit


I left the summit wearing four layers on top and two on the bottom and I was starting to get cold... so I decided this time to go cross country. There is actually a wee path and a gap in the dyke where it heads down to meet the track. This path is a little soft in places, but nothing serious.

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Carn a Chlamain


Carn Liath, Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain and Carn nan Gabhar were all clear now as I was heading down. Back at the bike in an hour.

I must say I am not excited about the bike out.... it's not downhill all the way. I am going to have to do some work. Layers off :clap: Back on the bike. I met a bike, at least 16 people, 1 dog and 2 cars.... Busy busy place.

Took me 45mins to cycle back to the car. :clap: Great day!


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Re: Carn a Chlamain

Postby Lenore » Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:06 pm

And a good first report it is!

I recognize those anxious moments us ladies have to endure out there in the open with our trousers down haha!
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Re: Carn a Chlamain

Postby dooterbang » Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:08 pm

Well done on your 1st report.

I remember doing both Munros few months back and not wearing padded cycling shorts, the agony :shock:
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Re: Carn a Chlamain

Postby dawnfoth » Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:29 pm

Lenore wrote:And a good first report it is!

I recognize those anxious moments us ladies have to endure out there in the open with our trousers down haha!

Thank you Lenore - there is nowhere to hide up there I can assure you :lol:
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Re: Carn a Chlamain

Postby dawnfoth » Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:31 pm

dooterbang wrote:Well done on your 1st report.

I remember doing both Munros few months back and not wearing padded cycling shorts, the agony :shock:


hahaha... my backside was alright as far as the cycling was concerned :wink: Thanks
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Re: Carn a Chlamain

Postby pigeon » Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:54 pm

Nice first report,and if you've got to go ,you've got to go :lol: :lol:
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Re: Carn a Chlamain

Postby Paula Hubens » Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:28 pm

Good first report!
I love Glen Tilt, apart from the fact that there is no way of discretely answering a call of nature :lol: I found this out a few years ago.
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Re: Carn a Chlamain

Postby monty » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:40 am

Nice first report Dawn. Aye there's no place to hide on this route :lol: :lol:
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Re: Carn a Chlamain

Postby iainwatson » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:19 pm

good first report! :D

still to do this so your timings will be useful,thanks
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Re: Carn a Chlamain

Postby dawnfoth » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:45 pm

Thanks guys! What I forgot to mention are the red squirrels I saw on the way in..... :D
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Re: Carn a Chlamain

Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:26 pm

Good report, wish I could do as well. Looks like the day although cold was pretty kind to you as long as you kept walking. Not a day for hanging about. Look forward to seeing other reports from yourself :)
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Re: Carn a Chlamain

Postby ken reid » Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:41 pm

great first report, I remember doing this hill on the 31 dec 2011. there was a lot of ice on the track on the way in and out but the hill was clear mind you I walked in and out not having a bike with me so it took me a bit longer.looking forward to your next report . ps have you heard of a little device called a shwee my walking partner often uses one and they are very discreet
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Re: Carn a Chlamain

Postby dawnfoth » Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:45 pm

ken reid wrote:great first report, I remember doing this hill on the 31 dec 2011. there was a lot of ice on the track on the way in and out but the hill was clear mind you I walked in and out not having a bike with me so it took me a bit longer.looking forward to your next report . ps have you heard of a little device called a shwee my walking partner often uses one and they are very discreet


A shwee? No, but I will be looking it up - I can guess - thanks for the heads up. Now perhaps I can be ladylike :lol:
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Re: Carn a Chlamain

Postby mrssanta » Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:24 pm

it's actually called a shewee. I haven't got one and I don't want one either, but apparently they are popular. boys certainly have an easier time in this department :roll:
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Re: Carn a Chlamain

Postby Bod » Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:16 pm

The Glen Tilt road, Gilbert's Bridge and Marble Lodge, takes me back to my years of wonderful adventures in Scouting :D
Great report, well done :D :D :clap:
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