Tracking a Black Panther, giving up, doing something else
by Frogwell » Wed May 22, 2013 12:31 pm
Route description: Glas Maol Munros circuit, Cairnwell Pass
Munros included on this walk: Cairn of Claise, Carn an Tuirc, Creag Leacach, Glas Maol
Date walked: 07/05/2013
Time taken: 5.55 hours
Distance: 19.63 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
A quick packing of the rucksack and I was on my way, phoning the school on the way down the drive. It's possible I should have tried to sound less happy as I told them of my daughter's vomitous morning.
Deciding to see if Nissan's sat nav could get me to the Cairnwell pass quicker, saw me arriving a good half hour later than expected, but I was booted and on my way by 11:30. A little over an hour of relatively straight forward ambling and I was at the top of Carn an Tuirc, the first Munro of the day. I sat in the little shelter out of the wind and ate my now slightly soggy cheese and pickle Sandwich.
There's not a massive amount of sightseeing to be done from Carn an Tuirc, so post sandwich I ambled off East to see what Tolmount had to say for itself. This is where things went a little wrong. There was still a good coverage of snow, but only 3 to 5 inches maybe, but very, very slushy so progress was very slow. I kept trying to walk round the patches of snow but the ground was so boggy it was no easier to walk on. It looked like the most of the distance to Tolmount was going to be pretty hard going, although the ground towards Cairn of Claise and beyond looked a lot better. I really didn't fancy a five mile slog through slush and bog, so I decided Cairn of Claise, Glas Maol and Craig Leacach would be a better bet for the day.
The three remaining Munros are particularly easy as there is little descent and ascent between them. Probably not what you'd call a spectacular walk for that matter, but still a far better way to spend a Tuesday afternoon than sitting in an office. Once I'd reached Craig Leacach I looked at the remainder of the route as it descended a ridge to the South and onto the main road, but I really didn't like the idea of that so I retraced my steps back to the other side of Glas Maol and followed a ridge to the North West back to my start point, where my car was waiting, having not been stolen.
Another curious Scottish wall. It's a wonder that livestock never think to walk round them.
A stone shelter between Glas Maol and Craig Leacach. Inside was a large pile of snow, sheltering from the cold presumably.
A more ill positioned lobster pot than most.
by Mantog » Wed May 22, 2013 1:37 pm
by kevsbald » Wed May 22, 2013 1:48 pm
by Frogwell » Wed May 22, 2013 2:33 pm
Mantog wrote:Nice report. Oh to live so close to Munros! If I want to go climb a munro it requires minimum 2 days and realistically 3, plus hundreds of pounds in fuel, accomodation, booze and cake fancies!
It's the cake fancies that are the killer!
kevsbald wrote:And I thought I was the only one who took pleasure (and employment) in infectious disease. Hope she's feeling better.
Seems to be. Weather looks good for Friday though so I'm hoping she picks something up at nursery today or tomorrow.
by ballarat » Wed May 22, 2013 5:06 pm
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by Frogwell » Wed May 22, 2013 9:04 pm
ballarat wrote::? im sure im missing something here,so hope no offence taken,what did you do with sick daughter
Told my wife about her as I left
by johnkaysleftleg » Thu May 23, 2013 8:45 pm
by rockhopper » Thu May 23, 2013 9:46 pm