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Carn a'Gheoidh, the long way round

Carn a'Gheoidh, the long way round


Postby AngusCheyne » Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:10 pm

Munros included on this walk: Carn a'Gheoidh

Date walked: 11/01/2015

Time taken: 5 hours

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Was intending heading back up Glen Shee again this week, but snow gates were closed.

Decided to head up anyway, park at the Spittal and do something from there.

Studying the map, I could see that I could still target a Munro, with a scenic route; Carn a'Gheoidh via Gleann Taitneach.

Looked like reasonable paths for most of the way.

Headed in through the access to Glenlochsie Farm.

Snow was at around 2 inches most of the way on the tracks. Followed signs to the bridge over Allt Ghlinn Thaitneich.

Walking was getting trickier, poles were helping big time. Carried on up glen till line of trees bordering Allt Aulich became evident.

Headed up the hillside, to follow burn to source. I was calculating that, still a bit rusty, this would give easy navigation (proved spot on in the end).

Walking was now tough, drifts of 2 feet causing issues. I am learning to navigate the route better by looking at undergrowth patterns, assessing prevailing winds (drifts are down wind of these) and keeping high to avoid burn cuttings.

Took a bearing from tip of burn which took me into the clouds up the corrie back and directly to cairn at Carn a Gheoidh. Yet another successful bearing, my confidence is growing

Different from last week! Not a sole in sight.

Didn't hang about, literally retraced my, filling in, steps all the way back to Gleann Taitneach. Following my tracks gave me a slight sense of security, I was well aware of the remoteness of my location, and thoroughly poor conditions (it was now snowing quite heavily).

Stomped back on the path, keeping to the side of Ben Gulabin this time and arrived back at the north side of the military bridge at a frozen and snowed in car (it's ok, it's an Izusu trooper ).

That, for me at this stage, was epic, roll on next week.

Looking back up Gleann Taitneach; can you make anything out?
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Re: Carn a'Gheoidh, the long way round

Postby Silverhill » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:45 pm

Hi Angus, super navigation there, in those conditions! :thumbup:
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Re: Carn a'Gheoidh, the long way round

Postby AngusCheyne » Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:21 pm

Hi Silverhills,

Thanks for that, if you read my blog postings, you will see I got a right fright earlier in the year when I got lost.

I am slowly building my confidence back up now :)
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