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Breakfast with Satan and a rendez-vous with the Big Hill

Breakfast with Satan and a rendez-vous with the Big Hill


Postby Graeme D » Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:13 pm

Munros included on this walk: Monadh Mor, The Devil's Point

Date walked: 26/06/2014

Time taken: 5.1 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 1090m

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What a way to end the school year and start the summer holidays! I was supervising a Gold Assessment from Aviemore through the Lairig Ghru to White Bridge and then via Geldie Lodge through into Glen Feshie and out to Kingussie. Being a gold assessment, a "light touch" was the order of the day in terms of supervision, so I felt quite entitled to plan a few side trips for personal reasons.

After a long first day from Aviemore train station, I left the group camped about a kilometre and a half short of Corrour Bothy and carried on myself to the bothy where I threw the tent up for the night. Having looked at our route, I could see I had numerous options for claiming new Munros and made Monadh Mor via the Devil's Point a priority job.

I opted for an early morning walk rather than a late evening one and settled down for an early night, the alarm set for 3.30am.

I was up and onto the path up through Coire Odhar by 3.45. I was traveling light - the map, compass, phone, camera and a cereal bar.

I was back at the tent next to the bothy by 8.45 in plenty time to grab a spot of breakfast while I watched the group saunter down the Lairig Ghru and off towards White Bridge.

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Starting up the Devil's Point shortly before 4am

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Big slab of ice just below the top of Coire Odhar

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Trying to give some sense of perspective to the ice slab

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Nice bit of shelter below the overhang

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Coire rim visible over the ice slab

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Back towards the top of the coire

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Approaching the summit

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Breakfast with Satan

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Locals on Buidheanach of Cairntoul en route for Loch nan Stuirteag

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The meeting of the outflow of Loch nan Stuirteag and the Allt Clais an t-Sabhail

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Loch nan Stuirteag and the northern slopes of Monadh Mor

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Through some crags on ascent

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Looking back down on the loch

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Looking west from the summit of Monadh Mor

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Rendez-vous with the Big Hill

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South to the 1110m top

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Massive snow field above Glen Geusachan

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Glen Geusachan around the side of the Devil's Point

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Beinn Bhrotain

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The Devil's Point from the SE

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Up the Lairig Ghru to Corrour Bothy and beyond

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Up Glen Geusachan to Monadh Mor

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The Devil's Point from the path to White Bridge



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Re: Breakfast with Satan and a rendez-vous with the Big Hill

Postby Collaciotach » Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:16 am

Sneaky ................ :clap: :clap:
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Re: Breakfast with Satan and a rendez-vous with the Big Hill

Postby AnnieMacD » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:52 pm

That is one spooky view in the first photo. Breakfast with Satan, indeed :crazy: That has got to be the business trip of the year!
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Re: Breakfast with Satan and a rendez-vous with the Big Hill

Postby rockhopper » Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:45 pm

glad to see I'm not the only one who gets up a wee bit on the early side :wink: nice one, Graeme, and a great use of your time out there ! - cheers :)
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Re: Breakfast with Satan and a rendez-vous with the Big Hill

Postby dogplodder » Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:51 pm

Nice when teacher duties get you two new ticks! :D
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Re: Breakfast with Satan and a rendez-vous with the Big Hill

Postby Fife Flyer » Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:18 pm

Nice one Graeme, always said it was easy being a teacher :lol: Wouldn't say that to my wife though :roll:

I suppose one problem with starting in the middle of the night, is early morning mist/clag etc :lol:

Some good photo's even though the weather could've been better :wink:
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