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My Last Two Glenshee Hills - Never Ever Again

My Last Two Glenshee Hills - Never Ever Again


Postby Backpacker » Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:10 am

Route description: Beinn Iutharn Mhor and Carn Bhac, Inverey

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Iutharn Mhor, Carn Bhac

Date walked: 28/06/2014

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 32 km

Ascent: 983m

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I had planned to do a couple of the eastern Cairngorms this weekend but the weather wasn't looking great, so I had a look further south and I had 2 left over near Glenshee, Carn Mhac & Beinn Lutharn Mhor, checked the forecast, no wind, 5 - 10% chance of rain and visibility G- VG (taken from the met office).

I did this via the WH route and biked it down the old shooting lodge, the terrain is pretty easy going only a couple of bits where I had to hop off. Riding down my 2nd objective was shrouded under clad and it started to drizzle but it was that kind of Scottish drizzle that just gets everywhere, once I arrived at the old lodge, the waterproofs were donned and I set off up towards the open hillside, there are no paths to follow, I just aimed towards where Carn Bhac should be, trudging through what seemed like endless miles of bog and heather (in actual fact it was probably only a couple of miles), the rain seemed to becoming down harder and the wind picked up a wee bit to add to the fun. As I approached the final pull up to the summit, the clag rolled in, nice and thick and this how it was going to stay.

Finally I hit the summit, took a bit of wandering about till the cairn/windhelter (which was pointing the wrong way today) loomed out the mist.

No sense on a day like today hanging around so I set off for Beinn Lutharn Mhor, the going was good initially, then you hit the peat hags, thankfully most of it was solid enough to walk on, however it still didn't stop me throwing a temper tantrum when the weather wasn't playing ball :lol: :lol:
Finally I arrived at the foot of the final ascent, **** ** that looks brutal and so it proved to be the case, I just picked a line and headed up and up and up and up, although it's only 200M you need to regain it feels like a lot more, my legs were screaming at me, finally I made it on to the summit ridge, I didn't stop, I walked over to the summit and walked straight back, I wasn't hanging about, the summit ciggie can wait till I'm back at the bike.

The walk over the ridge is pleasant enough, to the last 150M down to more bog,christ it's steep :shock: , few slips and slides and I made it down to more bloody bog, I just picked a way through the bog and heather till I hit some Landrover tracks which I followed down to the river, over that and it was easy enough now back to the bike. I spoke to a couple of Mountain Rescue guys while I composed myself for the 5 mile ride back out (I've really got to buy some padded shorts)

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Re: My Last Two Glenshee Hills - Never Ever Again

Postby Sunny Speyside » Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:24 am

Too bad about the rubbish day Gary, you should have been across at Loch Ossian with us, a bit claggy at first but cleared up in the afternoon so we could look back and see where we had been.
Summer in Scotland :roll: :roll: :lol:
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Re: My Last Two Glenshee Hills - Never Ever Again

Postby Backpacker » Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:37 am

Sunny Speyside wrote:Too bad about the rubbish day Gary, you should have been across at Loch Ossian with us, a bit claggy at first but cleared up in the afternoon so we could look back and see where we had been.
Summer in Scotland :roll: :roll: :lol:
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I was wanting to go but I'd rather do those ones with the OH, aye summer in Scotland, I believe there was a bit of snow forecast for the Cairngorms yesterday :lol:
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Re: My Last Two Glenshee Hills - Never Ever Again

Postby Gordie12 » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:20 am

Hi Backpacker

I was intending to do Carn an Righ and Glas Tulaichean yesterday (with the option of tagging on Beinn Lutharn Mhor if the legs were OK) but in the end chose not to go as I wasn't sure if there would be much to see (other than clag). Now that I've read your report I think I'll try and stick with this plan and do Carn Mhac as a single climb later in the year.

I've had those clag and bog days before, they can be really miserable :( :( :(
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Re: My Last Two Glenshee Hills - Never Ever Again

Postby dogplodder » Sun Jun 29, 2014 4:47 pm

It was a toss up between these and Beinn a' Bhuird last week. Sounds like Beinn a' Bhuird was the right choice. :wink:
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Re: My Last Two Glenshee Hills - Never Ever Again

Postby metafor » Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:13 pm

Well Done Backpacker!

Aye that is a fair auld jaunt! especially the bike ride in! I measured it when I done these two with the addition of An Socach and it came to 5.4mls and like you I too uttered the immortal words **** **! on a few occasions................make that a lot of occasions! My only saving grace was that I at least got it dry with good visibilty!
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Re: My Last Two Glenshee Hills - Never Ever Again

Postby Backpacker » Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:29 pm

metafor wrote:Well Done Backpacker!

Aye that is a fair auld jaunt! especially the bike ride in! I measured it when I done these two with the addition of An Socach and it came to 5.4mls and like you I too uttered the immortal words **** **! on a few occasions................make that a lot of occasions! My only saving grace was that I at least got it dry with good visibilty!


I could imagine them being alright with a decent dry spell and no clag, just a pity the Met Office got it wrong (again)
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Re: My Last Two Glenshee Hills - Never Ever Again

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:58 pm

Carn Bhac ......

No much of a hill right enough ! :?

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Re: My Last Two Glenshee Hills - Never Ever Again

Postby simon-b » Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:17 pm

Pity about the weather, Backpacker. Nobody who climbs a fair few Munros gets views from all of them, of course. A sensible move to bike in; I gave myself blisters doing this whole route on foot.

Well done on completing the Glen Shee hills.
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Re: My Last Two Glenshee Hills - Never Ever Again

Postby spiderwebb » Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:28 am

Shame about the weather, as these are a fine group. Did them Sunday together with Tulaichanand Carn an Righe superb round. Couple of showers into Carn Bhac but then cleared up to a lovely sunny day.
Steep ascents for the other 3 but no bog, maybe missed the usual trade routes linking the 4 :D
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Re: My Last Two Glenshee Hills - Never Ever Again

Postby BlackPanther » Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:20 am

Funny, this is the last couple of hills in this area I still haven't done. Now, I have to wait for a really good day to climb them :lol:

We camped in Glen Clunie earlier last week, managed three Cairngorms Munros, weather was quite good and surprisingly, very few midges.

I think we will take a tent and make CB and BLM a weekend trip. 2.5 hours drive each way on the same day is a nuisance...
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