Aye Aye, 5 Munros in a good day from Glen Ey
by scottishkennyg » Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:44 pm
Munros included on this walk: An Socach (Braemar), Beinn Iutharn Mhòr, Càrn an Rìgh, Càrn Bhac, Glas Tulaichean
Date walked: 24/10/2013
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GlenEy5Oct2013 172 by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
To arrive at the picturesque Alanour Lodge ruins at 850. A view through the window of the ruins to Beinn Lutharn Mhor.
GlenEy5Oct2013 009 by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
I chose a steep climb up to Carn Creagach with views over to BLM
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And further on the Beinn a Ghlo looking grand with the clouds..
GlenEy5Oct2013 015 by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
then along ridge passed a posing hare
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then up to the flat stony summit of Carn Bhac at 1035.
A view over to the bigger cairn gorms and the devils point.
GlenEy5Oct2013 025 by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
looking ahead to Carn nan Righ with Beinn a Ghlo in background.
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I continued SW navigating 3km of wet peat and hag to 812m,
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then climbed steeply into the stony corrie with a nice little lochan
GlenEy5Oct2013 037 by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
and contoured to catch ridge leading to summit of Beinn Lutharn Mhor at 1200.
View back over to Carn Bhac
GlenEy5Oct2013 040 by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
View ahead SW to Glas Tulaichean
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I descended south for 1km then headed SW to col, view from ridge across to GT.
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Stashed rucksack at col then climbed up west ridge to summit of Carn an Righ at 1315.
View over to BaG
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Across to Lairig Ghru
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Back N over to previous two munros..
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Stony summit of CnR looking south
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I returned to col and headed SE to cross Allt a Ghlinng Mhor before traversing up sharp flank to reach broad grass ridge
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which led to summit of Glas Tulaichean at 1430. Looking North..
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Toward last munro of the day in the distance
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Toward Loch nan Eun and An Socach
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I pushed on down NE ridge to Loch Nan Eun , I climbed the wee hillock to gain a better view of the loch.
GlenEy5Oct2013 104 by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
GlenEy5Oct2013 108 by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
Outfall from loch, seemed like a great location to camp..
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I then followed the E side before crossing 2km of heather and peat, hard going but even harder if you were carrying a heavy pack like these four walkers on the horizon..
GlenEy5Oct2013 119 by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
To reach south ridge of An Socach with a hard 20 minute of sheer ascent. View back down and looking south.
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To the broad stone covered summit with two cairns on the West top at 1620.
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Fifth Munro of the day .... Grand views all around and some interesting colour collages.
GlenEy5Oct2013 147 by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
looking south back over walk
GlenEy5Oct2013 150 by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
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I proceeded N over stony ground to the steep heather descent
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to cross the river then follow the path back to the ruins at 1720.
GlenEy5Oct2013 008 by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
Then it was an easy cycle back down the glen with some photo stops to capture the colourful skyline, autumnal flora and fauna
GlenEy5Oct2013 170 by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
GlenEy5Oct2013 171 by scottishkennyg, on Flickr
to arrive back at the car at 1750.
The return drive in the car was anxious to say the least. First of all the garage in Braemar was shut as I passed at 1800. Then refuel light came on. And to avoid excess prose, I had an ultra-fretful coast back to Grantown for diesel. For those not familiar with the environment, suffice to say, remote and exposed, sparsely populated, no pavements or streetlights, extreme gradients up and down (20%) and to cap it all no mobile phone coverage. On this occasion I think someone was looking out for me as I was fortunate enough to nurse the VW Jetta 1.9 Tdi car to Grantown on Spey on what must have been close to fresh air as fuel and the forces of gravity.
MORAL, please fuel before entering this area.
The walk? It was long, physically demanding but very rewarding with fantastic scenery and wildlife.
The route, mainly pathless over some unpleasant boggy sections which would be featureless and awkward during poor visibility, but did enable a good circuit of 5 grand Munros in a long day, with the option to put in contingencies for foul weather.
by AnnieMacD » Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:33 am
by scottishkennyg » Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:18 pm
Not sure but the dark patches do stand out now that you mention it...I was travelling lower down in the valley over the dark peat sections and never noticed them. But if I was to go over the walk again I would be tempted to take the higher ground which would take me over these sections...and maybe avoid the deeper peat sections too..
by The Rodmiester » Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:50 am
by scottishkennyg » Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:04 pm
The Rodmiester wrote:Great stuff! Some lovely photographs. Having camped at Loch Nan Eun before I can highly recommend it, absolutely wonderful location. I'm off to read your report again
Thanks RM...it was a bonny place and is on the revisit to camp list.....
by robertphillips » Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:09 pm
by dooterbang » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:40 pm
by scottishkennyg » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:08 pm
dooterbang wrote:Big day out...well done
by wjshaw2 » Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:42 pm
by scottishkennyg » Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:19 pm
wjshaw2 wrote:The outfall to Loch nan Eun is a great place to camp. Although you got to see a lot more than I did from those hills. It took me two days and another day trip to finish off what you did in a day. Good effort.
Thanks WJ...you picked a great place to camp. I was fortunate to have good weather and a prevailing wind...
by bar72 » Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:47 pm
by scottishkennyg » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:05 pm
bar72 wrote:done this round on Saturday. Excellent day out.
Well done bar 72, hope you got the weather and some good views..
by Mattymatt » Wed May 13, 2015 6:38 am
by scottishkennyg » Thu May 14, 2015 7:48 pm
Mattymatt wrote:Great report, inspired me to have a go at all five, tomorrow! Fingers crossed the forecast holds.
Cheers Matt, weather looks sound, hope you enjoy the round and I'll look out for your TR.
by Mattymatt » Fri May 15, 2015 10:43 pm
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