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Four wheels, two pairs of boots and a Munro

Four wheels, two pairs of boots and a Munro


Postby railton22 » Fri May 16, 2014 6:36 pm

Route description: Mount Keen by Glen Tanar

Munros included on this walk: Mount Keen

Date walked: 02/05/2014

Time taken: 5.12 hours

Distance: 28 km

Ascent: 989m

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Wasn't expecting this part of the world to be as beautiful as it was. Lovely drive from house and Glen Tanar was very picturesque.
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Glen Tanar......a bit of a stunner1
Noting the "long walk in" we took the mountain bikes and once parked up at the end of the public road and we walked/biked through the stunning pinewoods with the river framing our view to the left of us.

Really tough going on the bikes as it was a constant uphill even though it looked benignly level!
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LOTS of uphill. Granted it was a gradual incline (I just put it down to me being a bit of a girly wimp). The return was a LOT easier.
Scarlet-faced and a lot of huffing and puffing we carried on in the bike/walk fashion
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Lovely and warm in Glen Tanar
until the penultimate bridge near the iron gateway just past the remote cottages.
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You don't need a compass to work out which direction we are headed for! Mount Keen and Tanar water.
At this point (about 5.5miles from the start) we rested the bikes
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Bikes "rested" and we continued on foot.
and continued on foot to a final and very pretty bridge
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Last chance for a bit of a laze about before the HARD work starts
near where a group of youngsters and their instructors/chaperones had made a camp.

After crossing the bridge
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Looking back down Glen Tanar
we began to climb and the ascent did not let up until the summit. Absolutely no respite in the lay of the land. On the plus side we gained height fairly quickly even tough we required a few "breathers" on our ascent.

Met up with the "campers" who we perched on the hillside near where the tracks split and trying to look all "roughty toughty" we smiled a cheery good morning" and then huffed and puffed our way onwards.

The climb really began to pull at this point and the track got rockier and steeper with each step. Huffing and puffing our way to the trig summit
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Summit cairn.
perched precariously on the rocky ground we stopped for photos, lunch and to drink in the fabulous views from every direction.
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Phew! *wipes sweat from brow*
The snow-dusted High Cairngorms to the NW and Lochnagar were mightily impressive.
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Lochnagar and the High Cairngorms beyond


Returned exactly the way we'd come, passing the campers on the steep descent.
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....and back down again. Looking forward to those bikes!
Boots took a hammering on the descent, picking up lots of little gravelly stones.
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There's all kinds of things in those boots. Dig deep enough and I'm sure that Shergar will pop out.
Before too long we were back at the bikes and pretty much freewheeled the 5.5miles all the way back to the carpark.
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A break from freewheeling to pose for a quick piccie at the Halfway Hut


Good weather, sun, light cloud, great views and a thoroughly grand day.

Walked/biked by Sarah and David in 5hours 12mins
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Re: Four wheels, two pairs of boots and a Munro

Postby Fife Flyer » Fri May 16, 2014 7:12 pm

Nice one Sarah - it must be much harder from Glen Tanar :lol:

I do sometimes wonder if cycling uphill before one starts walking affects our stamina, probably more so because we don't cycle too often :roll:
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