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Ben Alder in 24 hours.
by jw200 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:22 pm
Munros included on this walk: Ben Alder
Date walked: 09/02/2013
Time taken: 24 hours
Distance: 42 km
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The first stage of the walk was simple. That is, until we took the wrong track off into the trees. Extricating ourself from the forest after some time, we rejoined the path. After the dam at the end of the loch, the going got tougher, with much of the ground a nightmare of snow-covered bog. We eventually made it to the supposedly haunted cottage at around midnight, cracked open the whisky, enjoyed some quality chat, and hit the hay. Two of our group (one known for being slightly melodramatic), claimed in the morning that they'd heard footsteps on two separate occassions.
Leaving the cottage just after 8am, we headed straight up the slope behind the cottage, along the side of a stream. Personally, the ascent of Ben Alder was one of the most difficult things I have done. This is as a result of my boots being sodden from the bog the day before, resulting in my feet being alternatively numb and very painful all the way up, through the fairly deep snow. Eventually reaching the summit a few hours later, we rested, took pictures, and enjoyed lunch, as the weather started to clear, giving us fantastic views.
After massaging my feet and wrapping them in dry socks and carrier bags, we struck out due West downhill. The snow was still deep, resulting in many misplaced steps falling down holes under the snow. Reaching the footpath to the west of Ben Alder, we followed it down the valley back to the cottage, and then followed our original route (through the bog) back to Bridge of Ericht, finally arriving back at the car at 7pm, just under 24 hours after leaving it.
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