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Carn Bhac from Inverey

Carn Bhac from Inverey


Postby Gordie12 » Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:14 pm

Munros included on this walk: Carn Bhac

Date walked: 25/08/2014

Time taken: 5.8 hours

Distance: 26.7 km

Ascent: 769m

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I seem to be ticking off the Gorms at the moment – not sure why but pretty soon I’m going to have to start heading west.

Anyway, the forecast for today was good so I was parked up at Inverey and walking by 7.20am (with the car telling me it was MINUS 1).

Walking past the houses at the start I ignored the track heading left through the trees and continued towards a gate.

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On clearing the gate the glen opened up in front of me but with the sun still low in the sky it was still cold but now that I was moving I was warming up a bit.

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Ey Burn


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Herding the sheep up the track


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Looking up the glen


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Looking back towards Inverey


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Auchelie ruin


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Clear, clear skies


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A lot of photo stops wandering through the glen......


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Great view up Glen Ey


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Getting closer to Altanour Lodge


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Beinn lutharn Mhor now dominating the view


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Finally reaching Altanour Lodge


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Altanour Lodge


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BLM


There are no navigation issues walking through Glen Ey, it’s just a case of following the main track as it snakes through the glen. It took me an hour and forty minutes to get to Altanour Lodge where I stopped for five minutes to check my route.

The track deteriorates after the lodge but the route remains fairly clear, after about 400 metres the track crosses a small burn and immediately afterwards I took the track on the right as it starts to climb away from the floor of the glen.
The view continued to be dominated by Beinn lutharn Mhor which looks far more impressive from the north compared to when I climbed it from the Glenshee side.

Continuing to climb (and looking like the track is heading for Beinn lutharn Mhor rather than Carn Bhac) I noticed a large group following me up the track. This seemed surprising as there didn’t seem to be anybody behind me so my first thought was a large group had biked up to the lodge but on closer inspection I could see they had guns with them so as with Saturday I was going to be close to shooters. I decided to wait for them as I was beside some butts so I wanted to know if they would be using them. The guy in charge asked that I use the western slopes of Carn Creagach to return to the lodge as they would be shooting on Carn Bhac as well as using the butts on the lower slopes.
Carn Bhacs an odd hill, you don’t really appreciate your climbing it as the focus is more on the views to BLM. Suddenly the track changes direction and heads away from BLM and the summit is in sight.

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Finally, Carn Bhac is in view


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There were good views from the top so I spent ten minutes looking around me before heading back down on my new route. I thought about covering the tops of Carn Creagach and Creag an Lochain but decided against it in case there were any more grouse shooters out.

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Carn Bhac summit


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My route down was initially boggy but I was soon on solid ground and the walk back down to the lodge was easy going.

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Looking back to Carn Bhac


I was amazed to see how many vehicles were parked at the lodge, with that many guns on the hill I wondered how many grouse would be left alive by the end of the day.

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All that was left now was the walk back down Glen Ey, surprisingly for a bank holiday Monday I didn’t see anyone else out in the hills apart from the grouse shooters so I had the glen to myself.

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Must say, I loved the walk out, the sun was higher and it was a sunny and warm walk back to the car. Glen Ey is a lovely quiet place, and well worth a visit.

Walking time today was 5hrs 21 mins and I was stopped for 34 mins so just shy of 6hrs.
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Re: Carn Bhac from Inverey

Postby Silverhill » Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:58 pm

Oooh, Glen Ey looks fantastic in your pictures! 8) I came down Glen Ey on a grey day and wasn’t that charmed by it. Am now looking a bit more forward to bagging Carn Bhac! :D
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Re: Carn Bhac from Inverey

Postby Fife Flyer » Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:20 pm

Some cracking photo's Gordie, last time I was in Glen Ey I used my bike :wink:
Can't actually remember doing Carn Bhac, just checked my records & not surprised as it was Aug 1996 :lol: :lol:
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Re: Carn Bhac from Inverey

Postby Gordie12 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:02 am

Silverhill wrote:Oooh, Glen Ey looks fantastic in your pictures! 8) I came down Glen Ey on a grey day and wasn’t that charmed by it. Am now looking a bit more forward to bagging Carn Bhac! :D


Hi Silverhill - Carn Bhac isn't the most exciting hill to climb but on a good day Glen Ey is brilliant, especially the closer you get to Altanour Lodge. Hope you get a good day.
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Re: Carn Bhac from Inverey

Postby Gordie12 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:06 am

Fife Flyer wrote:Some cracking photo's Gordie, last time I was in Glen Ey I used my bike :wink:
Can't actually remember doing Carn Bhac, just checked my records & not surprised as it was Aug 1996 :lol: :lol:


Hi Fife Flyer - you walked (and cycled) it in '96 - I've been driving past Inverey to head for Linn of Dee since '92 so it was time I got it done - and I'm glad I did, a great day out.
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Re: Carn Bhac from Inverey

Postby The Rodmiester » Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:21 am

Gordie12 wrote:
Fife Flyer wrote:Some cracking photo's Gordie, last time I was in Glen Ey I used my bike :wink:
Can't actually remember doing Carn Bhac, just checked my records & not surprised as it was Aug 1996 :lol: :lol:


Hi Fife Flyer - you walked (and cycled) it in '96 - I've been driving past Inverey to head for Linn of Dee since '92 so it was time I got it done - and I'm glad I did, a great day out.

Hi Gordie, thank's for the refresher course on this one, did it in 1991, had totally forgotten what Glen Eye looked like, nice day for it with good piccies. Yep in those days back then it was few and far between photographs on film! what's that then! :lol: :lol:
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Re: Carn Bhac from Inverey

Postby Gordie12 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:27 pm

The Rodmiester wrote:
Gordie12 wrote:
Fife Flyer wrote:Some cracking photo's Gordie, last time I was in Glen Ey I used my bike :wink:
Can't actually remember doing Carn Bhac, just checked my records & not surprised as it was Aug 1996 :lol: :lol:


Hi Fife Flyer - you walked (and cycled) it in '96 - I've been driving past Inverey to head for Linn of Dee since '92 so it was time I got it done - and I'm glad I did, a great day out.

Hi Gordie, thank's for the refresher course on this one, did it in 1991, had totally forgotten what Glen Eye looked like, nice day for it with good piccies. Yep in those days back then it was few and far between photographs on film! what's that then! :lol: :lol:


Not sure about "back then" - it was only about 3 years ago I switched to digital. I've gone from two cameras, tripod, 4 lenses including a huge 100-400 job to a small digi that attaches to the strap of my rucksack. Still miss the "old" days of slide film but the back prefers the digi option as the rucksack is a hell of a lot lighter these days.
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Re: Carn Bhac from Inverey

Postby jepsonscotland » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:50 pm

Hi Gordie,
Fantastic pics. :clap: :clap:
A really nice way to do Carn Bhac. Looks great.
Flump and I did it from Glenshee, a few weeks ago, and I can't emphasise enough, how this is not the way to do it.
Amazing how many were out shooting!!
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Re: Carn Bhac from Inverey

Postby Gordie12 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:14 pm

jepsonscotland wrote:Hi Gordie,
Fantastic pics. :clap: :clap:
A really nice way to do Carn Bhac. Looks great.
Flump and I did it from Glenshee, a few weeks ago, and I can't emphasise enough, how this is not the way to do it.
Amazing how many were out shooting!!
Chris


Hi Chris

I did the three from the hotel at Spittal of Glenshee a couple of months ago and left Carn Bhac for another day - really glad I did it that way as Glen Ey was great (even if Carn Bhac is a bit disappointing).

The odds looked to be stacked against the grouse that day - can't imagine many were left on Carn Bhac.
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