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Monega disaster

Monega disaster

Postby Briqual » Sat May 27, 2017 10:31 pm

Route description: Monega Hill and Glas Maol round from Glen Isla

Munros included on this walk: Creag Leacach, Glas Maol

Corbetts included on this walk: Monamenach

Date walked: 27/05/2017

Time taken: 9.3 hours

Distance: 20.75 km

Ascent: 1059m

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Right, decided to do this walk today 27/05/2017 as it's close to home - 30 mile drive from Dundee - and it seemed a more interesting way to do Glas Maol and Creag Leacach than the usual route from Glen Shee, a place I've grown to dislike due to the extensive scarring on most of the hills around the ski centre. But I suppose they're as entitled to access the hills as we are.

Firstly this is a long walk at the best of times but I really wasn't ready for the heat that I experienced all the way bar about 30 minutes near the end when a cooling breeze came up and brought some light rain with it - never thought I'd welcome rain.

It's a good walk with some excellent views that you'd only get from this walk - however, it's brutal in places and particularly near the end when you pull up Black Hill then Monamenach. In fact no, Black Hill is brutal, Monamenach is hellish. My calves were burning when I got to the top, then the descent's nearly as bad. Still I did enjoy it and as I'm working on my fitness just now it'll do me no harm.

The reason I took so long on the walk is that one of my dogs went missing near the summit of Monega Hill and I spent a good hour and a half looking for him - unfortunately I didn't find him and spent the rest of the walk looking back for signs of him following as well as hoping he'd made his way back to the car. For that reason I don't have many pictures and the report is short.

Glas Maol.JPG

Me and Rudy on Glas Maol

Creag Leacach.JPG

Me on Creag Leacach - Rudy was gubbed by this point and wouldn't play


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Re: Monega disaster

Postby Briqual » Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:35 pm

After six days and five nights I got my dog Buster back, skinny and a bit quiet but back and still surprisingly healthy. The gamekeepers were brilliant during this time watching for him and chasing any signs.

Please get GPS trackers for your dogs, Buster never runs off bit he did that day.
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Re: Monega disaster

Postby Cairngorm creeper » Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:41 pm

I am so pleased to hear this, had been wondering how he was and imaging how you must of been feeling. Even the.best behaved dogs do unpredictable things and GPS trackers for dogs sounds a great idea.
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Re: Monega disaster

Postby dogplodder » Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:33 pm

That must have been a worrying few days - so glad you got him back!
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Re: Monega disaster

Postby Mal Grey » Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:25 pm

Great news!
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Re: Monega disaster

Postby Coop » Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:17 pm

Great news you got your dog back. Must've been a testing few days for you
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Re: Monega disaster

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:25 pm

Arrggghhhh - that could have been us - thanks for the advice :o
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Re: Monega disaster

Postby andypanda » Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:11 pm

Really good news about your dog.

I second the fact that Monamenach is hellish, cue wild celebrations and the odd tear after getting to the top.
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