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Brother Wolf and Sister Moon

Brother Wolf and Sister Moon

Postby jonny616 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:21 pm

Route description: Carn a'Mhaim from the Linn of Dee

Munros included on this walk: Carn a'Mhaim

Date walked: 09/12/2012

Time taken: 8.5 hours

Distance: 22.5 km

Ascent: 648m

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This walk was dubbed ‘The Rehab walk.’ The route chosen by Gammy LW (dodgy ankle, leg & other parts) JockmacJock (man flu) Polly (deep water bends), Andy & I (dodgy backs). Had invited Fi as she had a dodgy arm & was the only body part we did not have a buggered one of. She politely declined.
As the day approached & the glorious cold & clear weather gave way to 65mph winds, rain & snow peoples ailments, reappeared, changed , got worse & generally scared them off. :crazy:
Only Andy & I have the mental strength & balls to walk through the pain barrier. We were joined by my friend Harry(who had not been out since September) & the legend that is the Quoman (he'd been chucked the previous day by Alec & Bryan) Not forgetting Kaiser & Millie.
Suited & booted at the Linn of Dee ice rink that should be a car park followed by a nervous-ish walk skeet along the track to Derry lodge. Walking directly into the strong wind & at this point driving rain. Just past there the Aberdeen Mountain rescue where hiding in their hut, not wanting to venture out in the foul weather. Handy to know they were about . I thought about knocking on the door to ask them if they remembered Scoob!
Continued on our way eventually coming to what was meant to be the ford across the river. Nae danger, so up the side of the river on the deteriorating path until we reached the beauty that is the bridge. Gotta love a bridge. :clap: :clap:
On the other side the ground is pretty boggy as we walked back on ourselves to gain the ridge were it was less steep. By now the rain had stopped & the sun put in an appearance the wind unfortunately had not abated & we were still walking directly into it. :crazy: :crazy:
We soon reached the snow line & the steepest part of the walk with the snow zapping the energy as we took turns at the front Some sections thigh deep and in a couple of places we needed to crawl.
Once of the steep ground the wind really took over, the weather above us looked ok but the wind was blasting us with icy snow it was picking up all the way to the summit which we eventually arrived at after four & a half hours with visibility being reduced to feck all. One minute I could see Andy & Wullie in front of me then like a dynamo trick they were gone. Some quick photos & of down we went.
We came to a great sliding opportunity & Andy was the first to give it a go. Never one to be outdone I took my pack off & whipped out my sledge. Hay ho lets go. Much fun at every available snowy slope, occasionally disappearing in deep snow. When we reached the steepest part, which had taken us about an hour to get up we were down in minutes. My gps showing that we peaked at 26kph. At this point our speedy descent was brought to an abrupt halt by Kaiser. Who being a kick ass German Shepard had this err that’s too steep I’m scared look on his face. For all Andy’s shouting, calling coaching gently he was having none of it. To the sound of ‘Kaiser yea fecking poof for feck sake’ we laughed & laughed as Andy had to re-ascend. Even when he reached Kaiser the only way he would come down was sitting on Andy’s lap. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Once below the snow line we took a more direct route to the bridge before the 9k trek back to the car of which the last hour was by head torch.
In spite the weathers best brutal attempt it was a day filled with great banter & lots of laughs.
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Main track from the first bridge
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Derry Lodge
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Scoobs pals
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River from the bridge
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Carn A'Mhaim
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Brother Wolf
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Sister Moon
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Re: Brother Wolf and Sister Moon

Postby soulminer » Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:40 pm

They are a bugger them big steps,but all filled in during the winter months :) At least you had a laugh, despite what the weather chucked at you :lol: We need to have the laughs, or we wouldn't do it :thumbup:
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Re: Brother Wolf and Sister Moon

Postby Tomsie » Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:45 pm

Bike is always good for the Linn gents , just pipped ye in the sledge times we recorded at 27kph, joking apart, wasnt an easy day out there well done on seeing it out.
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Re: Brother Wolf and Sister Moon

Postby rocket-ron » Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:03 pm

looks like you had a great day jonny. kaiser is a big softie :lol:
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Re: Brother Wolf and Sister Moon

Postby Jock McJock » Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:21 pm

Well done guys and dogs. Got a wee bum sledge myself now Jonny so I'll need to try and beat that speed :lol:
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Re: Brother Wolf and Sister Moon

Postby pigeon » Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:23 pm

Well done jonny and gang,looks like you made the most of a bad day :thumbup:
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Re: Brother Wolf and Sister Moon

Postby ChrisW » Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:18 pm

Great tale Jonny really had me smiling, those last two photos are brilliant and seem to capture the day perfectly :clap:
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Re: Brother Wolf and Sister Moon

Postby rockhopper » Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:43 am

looked a pretty yukky but nonetheless enjoyable day -well done all ! :thumbup: ....and looks like you still managed to see marginally more than I did (in the summer !) at the summit :roll: - cheers :)
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Re: Brother Wolf and Sister Moon

Postby doogz » Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:02 am

Hope that you went past the first big cairn to the summit way behind :lol:
I'd hate to think you would have to go back and get all that enjoyment again if you didn't

Looked tough going
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Re: Brother Wolf and Sister Moon

Postby SAVAGEALICE » Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:23 am

enjoyed your report Jonathan :) weather sounded shocking! ..love the bit about Kaiser doing a refusal!! ..will have to get out with you guys again soon :D
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Re: Brother Wolf and Sister Moon

Postby quoman » Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:32 pm

What a day it was pure magic :clap: :clap: .. the best bit was Andy shouting on Kaiser the dug just sat there looking at his master climbing back up the steepist part of the hill i about wet maself laughing :lol: :lol: Good to meet Harry and millie for the first time.
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Kaiser on summit
Harry and Jonny just about there.
Millie gettin out of the wind
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Re: Brother Wolf and Sister Moon

Postby SusieThePensioner » Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:11 pm

Great report, Jonny, and some brilliant photos showing the conditions you had :thumbup:
Glad you enjoyed the day and well done Kaiser, no point in doing something you don't want to :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Brother Wolf and Sister Moon

Postby fipriestley » Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:39 pm

Great report Jonny, love the photos! Glad you all had a good day despite the weather; sounds like much fun :thumbup: This route was my first trip from Linn of Dee... and I managed to lose the car park on the way back :roll: :shock: Got out without MRT though :D Wrist is coming along nicely btw - best rehab is to carry on as normal :lol:
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Re: Brother Wolf and Sister Moon

Postby pollyh33 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:05 am

Greetings Jonny!

Apologies for taking so long to reply but wi-fi signal in the decompression chamber is terrible :(

So sorry I couldn't join you on your walk but I will be out with you at the first opportunity :D

Oh just to let you know I got papped today on Mt Keen by someone who remembers your report with the infamous banana photo :wink: :wink:
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Re: Brother Wolf and Sister Moon

Postby jonny616 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:38 pm

Cheers for all the comments peeps.

Going to wax the bottom of my wee sledge to increase the speed. 8)

We did have a conversation about the cairn, but GPS was checked. :clap:
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