camp at Loch nan Eun with 2 munros thrown in.
by mrssanta » Sat Nov 08, 2014 7:04 pm
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Iutharn Mhòr, Càrn an Rìgh
Date walked: 29/10/2014
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Wednesday looked like the day, with a good forecast, and not too awful for Thursday either, so we got a nice early start and drove to the Dalmunzie hotel. the party consisted of me, Rudolph and Coldwetandhungry.
Plan A was to walk up Glen Lochsie and across the top of Glas Tulaichan to dump the camping stuff at the loch and then do the round of Carn an Righ, Beinn Iutharn Mhor and An Socach, with a camp depending on the timing, and walk out by Glen Taitneach back to the car.
When we reached the hotel the place was deserted apart from a young man in a cook's uniform trying to find a way in to start his first day of work there. A note on the door told us the hotel was shut till tomorrow, but before long an estate worker/ghillie/owner approached us and advised us that Glas Tulaichan was out of bounds all week for stalking but there would be no problem with the other three hills. So on to Plan B.
So it was just before 10am that we set off up Glen Taitneach which is really lovely. It's a long glen with a rickety rackety bridge where we dodged the trolls, and several burns to ford which were all pretty full of water after the recent heavy rain. But it was a pleasant day with clear summits, no wind and a bit of hazy sunshine.
There are several burns to cross which were quite full. CWH and I did not want wet feet so crossed carefully. Rudolph however went straight over the first one and on the way spotted a rather nice GPS lying in the water. We later traced its owner by finding the waypoint named "home" and it took us straight to a house in Banchory. He had lost it falling off his bike in the ford, was very pleased and we felt very virtuous so all was good.
Just before the glen steepens there is a ford which Rudolph splashed across relying on his heavy gaiters for protection, but CWH and I after a bit of messing about discovered that it is unnecessary to cross here, as there is a good path all the way up the east bank of the burn, which becomes the main path later on.. Rudolph had a bit of trouble getting back over to our side when his path ran out .
We reached the loch about one o'clock. You come over the top of the glen and suddenly you are there. It was glassy still and beautiful.
We found a wee peninsula protected by a good chunk of bog, on the southwest side of the loch with a lovely view over to An Socach. I don't have a picture as CWH had the camera at this point and didn't take one. Oh well. We pitched the tent on the water's edge and stopped for lunch before tackling Carn an Righ.
It was quite a long way before we picked up the stalker's path which skirts the bottom of Mam nan Carn. This took us to the bottom of a nice path up Carn an Righ. The path peters out near the top as it gets rocky.
It was getting towards sunset by the time we reached the top and we had to decide whether to miss out Beinn Iutharn Mhor or do a bit of night navigation. It was a fine evening and very little wind so it was inevitable really.
On the way up Carn an Righ you can look back and see the path winding round to the left up to the bealach between Mam nana Carn and Iutharn Mhor. We decided not to go that way as it looked like it might get a bit boggy. Instead we went straight up the shoulder of Mam nan Carn to about 900metres then struck left to descend a bit to the bealach with nice short, springy turf underfoot.
We dropped our bags at the bealach for greater speed taking pocketfuls of snacks with us. It was quite dusk by the time we reached the top.
By the time we got back to the bags we had difficulty seeing them, and of course it hadn't occurred to us to leave my bag with the reflective picture pointing upwards!
anyway they were not hard to find and it was now pretty dark, needing head torches to see the ground properly.
We contoured east and walked for 800 metres by pacing. then we popped across the ridge and came down the steep heathery slope to the loch. It all worked rather well, which surprised us a little!
Things look different in the dark. we could see the loch and the horizon, but even when walking right by the loch side it looked like there was a steep bank down into the water.
Back at the tent it was cold and still. there was frost on the tent but no wind at all and we sat outside for a good while eating and drinking and chatting till we ran out of steam and went inside to bed. We played I Spy till it got silly and went to sleep.
Overnight the wind got up and the rain came and in the morning we could barely see the water even though it was only a couple of metres from the tent, so we made a democratic decision to go home without climbing An Socach. Navigation practice is all very well, but being warm and dry is even better!
So we retraced our steps back down Glen Taitneach back to the car.
Pictures are mostly by Coldwetandhungry but some are mine! on my camera
by gammy leg walker » Sat Nov 08, 2014 8:39 pm
by Gordie12 » Sat Nov 08, 2014 9:14 pm
Did these hills plus Glas Tulaichan during the summer and really enjoyed them. Somebody else was camping in the same spot as you when I went past - looked really appealing.
by kev_russ » Sat Nov 08, 2014 10:10 pm
by Alteknacker » Sun Nov 09, 2014 10:28 am
I smiled aloud - if such a thing is possible - at the rationale for not going into the hills on the second day. I'm with you all the way on this. We have some hardened fellow WHs (eg Spiderweb) who wouldn't be put off; but like you, I'm a wimp....
by Johnny Corbett » Sun Nov 09, 2014 4:41 pm
by Silverhill » Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:12 pm
Some very nice pictures by CW&H. I had to chuckle with Rudolph carefully picking a spot to cross the river and then just splashing across. Were the gaiters of any use there?
by dogplodder » Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:26 pm
by mrssanta » Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:06 pm
CWH is much prettier than me!
Rudolph's boots took the rest of the week to dry. CWH and I had dry feet. But it was quite funny.
by Huff_n_Puff » Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:11 pm
by SecretSquirrel » Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:30 pm
by rockhopper » Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:54 pm
by StevenF » Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:37 am
I'm always looking at gear:
I stopped using those type's of sleeping mats in cold weather after trying an inflatable one. They are so much warmer and more comfy, well worth the weight penalty. (but more expensive )
by The Rodmiester » Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:06 am
by robertphillips » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:59 pm
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