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Ice Water Challenge - DONE

Ice Water Challenge - DONE


Postby Fife Flyer » Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:33 pm

Route description: Beinn Bhrotain and Monadh Mòr , from Glen Feshie

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Bhrotain, Monadh Mòr

Date walked: 23/08/2014

Time taken: 10 hours

Distance: 29 km

Ascent: 1505m

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This walk was iniated by Gary (backpacker) and the plan was to start off nice and early - 8am :o
Gary had decided to spend the night in his comfy car rather than drive cross country at the crack of dawn, I however prefer to sleep in my really luxurious bed and then get up in the middle of the night :lol: I had set the alarm for 5am, but as usual my body clock decided to wake me up at 4.30am, so I was on the road by 5am :lol:
My main concern with driving at sunrise is deer, as my experience with the local constabulary taught me that the worst time for road accidents involving deer is either sunrise or sunset. So a safety first drive north with hardly any traffic was pretty non eventful & I only saw one deer & that was near Kincraig :lol:
I arrived at the car park at Auchlean rather early (just before 7am) and I could see Gary was still in the land of nod with his windows a wee bit steamed up :lol:
As soon as I opened the car door everyones favourite eating machines appeared, it was almost as if they were waiting for me to arrive :lol:
Gary surfaced and after a really healthy breakfast of a packet of fags, a couple of tins of something fizzy and some fruit 8)
We were going to wait till 8am to see if anyone else was going to appear but the midges were obviously wanting a tasty breakfast too :lol:
So at 7.30am we set off leaving the midges behind to attack the next victim :lol:

I won't describe the route as it is well documented, suffice to say that we set off along the tarmac road before turning left & heading uphill.
The weather was OK, we could see bits of cloud sitting at maybe 2500' and the forecast was good with only 10% chance of rain :lol:
As we trudged up the never ending well constructed path towards Carn Ban Mor, every time we stopped purely for photographic purposes we discussed the weather ahead, we knew we were going to venturing into the clag before we reached the top of the path :(

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View from the car park of my car aerial and bits of low cloud floating around

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The way ahead

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The well constructed path with the heather looking nice and colourful

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Gary having a close look at the low cloud ahead

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Looking back, bits of cloud & sunshine elsewhere


As we neared the top of the path, I noticed 2 individuals heading uphill in the distance, Gary had to take my word for it as he leaves his glasses in the car and can only see things a couple of yards in front (only joking Gary) :lol:
After crossing the River Eidart the 2 chaps were alot closer and I had a feeling that the 2nd one could be John (jupe1407) as he had a pale blue jacket on & was waving 8)
So we decided to wait & after a quick chat and introductions we decided to walk as a foursome. The first guy was Kevin (kev-dameekat) who admitted to being "a lurker" on WH and turned out to be great company :clap: :clap:
The River Eidart was easy to cross unlike the next wet obstacle Allt Luinneag. When we reached the Allt Luinneag a short time later we wandered upstream to see if there was a possibilty of a crossing without taking the plunge, however after much deliberating we decided there was nothing for it but to have a paddle :lol:

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Allt Luinneag - what no bridge!

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Allt Luinneag down stream


No photo's were taken of this paddling experience, you will have to wait for the 2nd crossing :lol: One thing I will stress and that is that the water was absolutely freezing. Gary & I had flip flops, whereas John & Kevin were "real men" and paddled across barefooted :lol:
The next part of the walk was pretty non descript, across the boggy ground, then it was a boulder field and onto the large plateau of Monadh Mor.

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Can't remember the name of this summit - queue Kevin, who pointed his phone at the summit and his phone is that clever that it displayed the name of the summit!!

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Zoom into same summit


Kevin will add his comment later & tell us the name of the "APP" :wink:

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Typical Cairngorm scenery

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Devils Point

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Zoom into Devils Point


The summit of Monadh Mor was not very exciting, in fact I can't have been impressed as I didn't take any photo's :lol:

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The way down & then up to Beinn Bhrotain

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The view SSW, note all the standing water after the recent spell of inclement weather

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One of quite a few rainbows that appeared

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Lunch time on the top of Beinn Bhrotain

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A little feathered friend who was looking for a free lunch


Anyone able to identify the little bird? Unfortunately none of us are 'twitchers' and we knew that someone would be able to assist :lol:
There were two main topics that kept spirits up on the trek back, firstly was how inaccurate the forecast had been, we got battered quite a few times by hailstones :( The other was trying to forecast what time we would arrive back at the cars :lol: Our first estimate was 4pm but that was before we encountered the boulder field on the way down and before the river crossing, it turned out we arrived back at 5.15pm, so we were rather optimistic :lol:

As we were crossing the lower slopes of the boulder field we could see 3 persons on the other side of the river wandering up and down the bank looking for a crossing point, next thing they turned round and headed back uphill :o
Now for the photo's of the river crossing, unfortunately I didn't take any selfies whilst crossing :lol: I just wanted to get across as soon as possible :lol: John volunteered to cross first, followed by Kevin, Gary & finally me :wink:

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John decided to keep his boots on - midstream

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Kevin amusingly slipped down the bank, ended up with a slightly damp rear end

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Kevin putting on a brave face and looking for the audience

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Cold feet Kevin?

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John took so long to cross that I managed to take 18 photo's, he must have really enjoyed it?

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Gary testing the temperature by putting his big toe in first

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Gary showing off his expensive foot wear

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Trouser malfunction, unfortunately no spare hands


Unfortunately no more photo's can be attached :(
The walk back was a real slog, uphill initially until the crossroads is reached, then it was the never ending descent down the path :roll: As we reached the lower slopes of the path and were just drying out, yet another shower appeared, but after the earlier batterings it felt like warm rain :lol: Luckily we still had our waterproof (ish) jackets on, mainly because we couldn't be bothered to stop & take them off :lol:
The final straw of bad luck was the midges were ready and waiting for us when we got back to the cars, so there was no taking ones boots off slowly :lol:
Now for the drive home down the A9, everyone's favourite road :lol: You will all be pleased to hear that the camera's have now crept up past Kingussie, albeit not recording yet. What a complete & utter waste of money :( :roll: :crazy:

Another great day, with great company, with great scenery :lol:
What's next? :wink:

Edit - sorry for being a muppet, yet again forgot to add a map :oops: The return leg was exactly the same :(
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Re: Ice Water Challenge - DONE

Postby Backpacker » Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:48 pm

The bird is a Snow Bunting, David Main kindly informed me last night :D

Cracking report and some great photo's.

Thankfully my legs are now back to normal

BTW good shot of my beer gut :lol: :lol:
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Re: Ice Water Challenge - DONE

Postby MunroMadMen » Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:55 pm

Great report Martin with some very nice pics, you certainly got the weather :)

Our small team of climbers is now even smaller now with Tam dropping out so it's only myself & Andy that climb regularly now, be good to get out again soon m8

Njoy :)
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Re: Ice Water Challenge - DONE

Postby Gordie12 » Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:08 pm

Hi Fife Flyer

I did An Sgarsoch and Carn an Fhidleir yesterday (from Linn of Dee).

Knowing that Backpacker and yourself were on the nearby hills I was watching your weather and it seemed to get pretty black a few times. Feeling smug in the sunshine I headed up Carn an Fhidleir only for the heavens to open and a combo of sleat and hail came tumbling down. Same thing happened on An Sgarsoch but luckily the showers passed over and there were views from both tops.

Good to see your river crossing was as exciting as mine when I did these two last week - at least you didn't fall in like me :lol: :lol:

Despite the showers, a great day to be out.
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Re: Ice Water Challenge - DONE

Postby Fife Flyer » Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:17 pm

Gordie12 wrote:I did An Sgarsoch and Carn an Fhidleir yesterday (from Linn of Dee).

Knowing that Backpacker and yourself were on the nearby hills I was watching your weather and it seemed to get pretty black a few times. Feeling smug in the sunshine I headed up Carn an Fhidleir only for the heavens to open and a combo of sleat and hail came tumbling down. Same thing happened on An Sgarsoch but luckily the showers passed over and there were views from both tops.

Good to see your river crossing was as exciting as mine when I did these two last week - at least you didn't fall in like me :lol: :lol:


Hi Gordie, we could also see the big black clouds approaching, but unfortunately they didn't miss us :lol:
How long did your walk take? I have those 2 on my hitlist :wink:
Look forward to your report :wink: :wink:
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Re: Ice Water Challenge - DONE

Postby Gordie12 » Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:01 pm

Fife Flyer wrote:
Gordie12 wrote:I did An Sgarsoch and Carn an Fhidleir yesterday (from Linn of Dee).

Knowing that Backpacker and yourself were on the nearby hills I was watching your weather and it seemed to get pretty black a few times. Feeling smug in the sunshine I headed up Carn an Fhidleir only for the heavens to open and a combo of sleat and hail came tumbling down. Same thing happened on An Sgarsoch but luckily the showers passed over and there were views from both tops.

Good to see your river crossing was as exciting as mine when I did these two last week - at least you didn't fall in like me :lol: :lol:


Hi Gordie, we could also see the big black clouds approaching, but unfortunately they didn't miss us :lol:
How long did your walk take? I have those 2 on my hitlist :wink:
Look forward to your report :wink: :wink:


As I'm a "purist", it took me ten and a half hours and came in at 27.3 miles but as a "non-purist" you will already know that you can bike up to Geldie Lodge and probably chop a good couple of hours off that time. Started at 7.45 and finished at 6.15 but the good thing was the last couple of hours was in sunshine which lifted the tired legs and body back to the Linn of Dee.

Save them for a good day, it'd be a long time to be out in poor weather.
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Re: Ice Water Challenge - DONE

Postby rockhopper » Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:13 pm

That looked a most enjoyable day despite the weather........
.....but isn't the iced water is supposed to go over your head ? :wink: :lol: - cheers :)
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Re: Ice Water Challenge - DONE

Postby BlackPanther » Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:38 am

Oooh something I'm looking forward to :D I mean the two Munros, not the river crossing... Though I had a little wade myself yesterday on the way down from the Grey Corries, but it wasn't as spectacular :lol: :lol:
Days are getting shorter so I don't know if I manage Mor & Bhrotain this year, but they are high on my to-do list.

As for midges, I think Glen Feshie is their favourite feeding place :lol: . We got our share last month - they attacked despite heavy rain.
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Re: Ice Water Challenge - DONE

Postby GillC » Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:56 pm

Smashing day by the looks of things, and a lovely warm footbath to boot lol NOT

Not spent any time in that part of the world yet,,,swathes of red balloons still, lol must get that fixed!! :D
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Re: Ice Water Challenge - DONE

Postby simon-b » Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:10 pm

Some nice pictures again, Martin, and good views of The Devil's Point. I did these two last year from the Linn of Dee, so I'm looking forward to visiting the Glen Feshie side for Sgorr Gaoith etc. one day. Your photos make me glad that Karen, Jimmy and I sneakily contrived a route for the Achaladair 3 on Friday that avoided river crossings.

At this time of year, you're unlikely to see snow buntings in Scotland anywhere other than the Cairngorms or Ben Nevis. That's a good picture you got of one.
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Re: Ice Water Challenge - DONE

Postby Fife Flyer » Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:22 pm

simon-b wrote:At this time of year, you're unlikely to see snow buntings in Scotland anywhere other than the Cairngorms or Ben Nevis. That's a good picture you got of one.


It was waiting on the summit for us, obviously used to getting fed, as it came quite close. Got about 6 photo's of it, with differing quality - mainly because it jumped around :lol:
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Re: Ice Water Challenge - DONE

Postby AnnieMacD » Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:52 pm

Great read, FF, and photos. Ah, but the river crossings are all part of the fun, no?
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