A long walk to Mount Keen
by MountainKaty » Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:02 pm
Route description: Mount Keen by Glen Tanar
Munros included on this walk: Mount Keen
Date walked: 15/01/2013
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I have to say i was so excited, the path would be ideal for this we couldna really go wrong. Parked up at the end of the Glen Tanar road and got suited and booted and off we went.
The path ahead........ooohhh its dark!
We don't tend to stop much on walks due to time and weather but today was to be lesuirely and a half way hut sounded like a great place for a brew on a cold morning!!!!!
Kev enjoying the brew and view!
It was a great morning for a walk, it was dry and crisp, path was slippy in parts with ice, cloud was a little low but the glass is always half full and we were fairly confident that it would clear..........
It took a while before we got sight of Mount Keen but the path was good and so was the chat! Eventually we reached the bridge where we left the main track and now hit the deeper stuff!
The path from here is actually well signed, about 1km up there is an arrow sign pointing way to Mount Keen! The path was a little hard going in places due to the snow drifts across it.......higher than me in parts (not difficult tho.....i'm nae the tallest!!!!) The sky was clearing nicely tho and the sun was teasing us from behind the summit!
View to Lochnagar
It was a fair hike to the summit in the snow, it had firmed up a good deal and we spent the last few hundred metres having fun following the hares.....well we were playing catch up the whole time......they were playing with us with their bounding uphill.....it was great to see them its been a while since we have seen hares!
The views were amazing, had a bit of a Point Break moment......hence the sky diving on the summit!!!!! I crack myself up sometimes!!!!!!
It was very chilly on the summit so a quick sandwich was inhaled then we headed back the way we came. The look back to summit on the way down added to a great day out.
Nearly back to the bridge and back to the main path
It was then back to the long walk to the car, which was fantastic.....didn't see that much on the way in and the walk through the pine forest was beautiful! So all in all a great day out in the hills, along walk in and out but well worth it!
Two happy walkers at the end of the day!........got a wee inversion on the way home......
by PeteR » Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:26 pm
You're right about the long walk, but when you get the views you did it's well woth it Seems like the perfect winters day.
by Ian Johnston » Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:28 pm
The sort of day that just re-affirms why we get out there.....
by foggieclimber » Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:38 pm
Love the trig point sky-dive.
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