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What else can one say - Mount Keen

What else can one say - Mount Keen


Postby Fife Flyer » Wed May 14, 2014 7:59 pm

Route description: Mount Keen from Glen Esk

Munros included on this walk: Mount Keen

Date walked: 14/05/2014

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 17.5 km

Ascent: 810m

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This was a short notice invitation - many thanks to Karen for inviting me :clap: The forecast was good so who can resist an invite onto any hill :lol:
I checked my Munro record & was quite shocked to see that I climbed it in April 2000, I do remember that it had a good path & was not difficult, apart from that I have forgotten everything else :roll:
We had arranged to meet at the car park at 9.30am. After turning off the A90 through Edzell then onto the unclassified road, I had to stop a couple of times to check the map as I seemed to be driving quite a long way & was wary of heading in the wrong direction :wink: I think it is 12 miles from Edzell, but as the road is narrowish & not built by the Romans, I couldn't even go at my usual speed :lol:
Arrived at the pleasant car park which is more than large enough for the amount of vehicles, certainly midweek & was just getting kitted out when Karen arrived & we were on our way at 9.30.
There is not much one can say about the route as the path all the way to the summit is in excellent condition & like a motorway compared to some paths. There is only one point where a decision is required as the path splits, after confirming our suspicions & checking the map we branched off to the right. It is then a straight forward route up to the summit. Here are a few photo's :wink:

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An example of the flat good path

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Looking back down Glen Esk

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Karen enjoying the sun

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Me at the summit

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Zoom - Lochnagar

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Panorama to the NW

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Looking back down the path

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Queen Victoria's Well

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Not what you would call drinking water


If you want an easy walk, they don't come much easier than this, you don't even need boots :lol: :lol:
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Re: What else can one say - Mount Keen

Postby Collaciotach » Wed May 14, 2014 8:40 pm

haha no she is no the most difficult :D

Did this one from the other side Glen Tannar .... brill day which surprised me no end :D
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Re: What else can one say - Mount Keen

Postby Gordie12 » Wed May 14, 2014 8:53 pm

Hi Fife Flyer

One of my local hills this one. As you say an easy Munro (if there is such a thing) and one I've done half a dozen times. Always enjoy it, always intend to walk in from Glen Tanar but each time I find myself taking the shorter car journey to Auchronie.

Looks like you had good weather in the hills while I settled for digging the garden :( :( :( :(
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Re: What else can one say - Mount Keen

Postby The Rodmiester » Wed May 14, 2014 9:17 pm

Got got a good day for that Martin, nice wee leg stretch, I'm envious, must get out again soon :D
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Re: What else can one say - Mount Keen

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Thu May 15, 2014 9:45 pm

Lovely hill, been up it several time (used to be a local) but when I went there was always a gale at the top - what.s the secret? :lol:
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Re: What else can one say - Mount Keen

Postby Johnny Corbett » Fri May 16, 2014 6:32 am

Mount Keen was one of my best walks, doing it in snow and blue syies helped. :D
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Re: What else can one say - Mount Keen

Postby BlackPanther » Fri May 16, 2014 10:50 am

For me, Glen Tanar was closer to drive to, still 2.5 hrs in the car each way... Found the walk-in in the glen more scenic than the Munro itself :lol: The other side looks just as lovely. Nothing can beat a sunny spring day :D
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Re: What else can one say - Mount Keen

Postby Fife Flyer » Fri May 16, 2014 3:58 pm

Thanks for the comments :wink:

There isn't really much one can say about Mount Keen, it is a nice relaxing walk in & a nice easy path like a motorway right to the summit :lol: For anyone who wants a nice easy walk & a Munro to boot, this is the one :wink:

Great view of Lochnagar, does look quite impressive 8)
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Re: What else can one say - Mount Keen

Postby railton22 » Fri May 16, 2014 5:22 pm

Cracking report and good to see the sunny approach from Esk. We did the walk from the Tanar side so really appreciate the Esk side photos :D
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Re: What else can one say - Mount Keen

Postby kmai1961 » Mon May 19, 2014 4:22 pm

Thanks for the company, Martin, not much to add other than what you've already reported. For me, it was a good warmup for the adventures that filled the rest of the week, which I'll post about in due course.

Lesson learned: Martin's fitter than I am! :clap:
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Re: What else can one say - Mount Keen

Postby Comacchio » Tue May 20, 2014 1:32 pm

Sounds good!

You say the path is like a motorway... Would I be able to fairly easily cycle up? I've just got an entry level mountain bike and looking to do a Munro on it!

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Re: What else can one say - Mount Keen

Postby Sarah86 » Tue May 20, 2014 1:54 pm

This sounds like my kind of walk :) It is on my to do list as one of my next munros. Looks like you had a great day for it.
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Re: What else can one say - Mount Keen

Postby jupe1407 » Tue May 20, 2014 1:58 pm

Comacchio wrote:Sounds good!

You say the path is like a motorway... Would I be able to fairly easily cycle up? I've just got an entry level mountain bike and looking to do a Munro on it!

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Maybe, if i remember right, the zig-zag path up the plateau is a gravelly, rocky affair. Fine to walk on though.

Glas Tulaichean might be a better bet for a mountain bike. Solid path almost all the way up to the summit.
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