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Mayar - my first munro in 27 years!

Mayar - my first munro in 27 years!


Postby mband » Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:59 pm

Munros included on this walk: Mayar

Date walked: 12/10/2010

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 688m

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Since I moved back to Scotland last year after living in the south-east for 6 years and commuting to London every day I have really appreciated how beautiful Scotland is. I'm determined to see more of this wonderful country and have started to walk more. Just a few glen walks until my dad (76 years old and many munros under his belt - I'm encouraging him to complete his "munro map" as I'm sure he's nearly there) said that his school friend had climbed Mayar 48 times and wanted to reach 50 and they were off to do his 49th time. I thought I might not be fit but I'm sure my dad would look after me and his friend Mac could surely show us the way since he's been up it 48 times!

We set off driving up to Glen Doll in thick mist with a temp of 3C. I really thought we were crazy to get out of the car and really couldn't see the point in struggling up a mountain in the cold and not even see anything. Well we set off from the ranger station up through the forest saying hello to half a dozen prisoners who were out repairing drainage channels on the path. Gradually we climbed through the forest with my dad trying to convince us that the cloud was clearing, I wasn't convince then suddenly the Erne Craigs loomed above us with blue sky behind. It was really quite foreboding but dad and Mac assured me that our way up was not so steep. Once we cleared the forest and stood in the sun admiring the view up Corrie Fee we realised that we had climbed up through the cloud and the tops were clear. It really is a stunning view looking up to the waterfall and although the path is steep, like climbing stairs at some points, I recommend this route as the view to the waterfall pulls you up. Unfortunately as I took my camera out I realised that the battery was going down so only one picture until I had my photo of me and my dad on the top in the bag.
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Dad, Mac and Gem in front of Corrie Fee


After the steep climb up the side of the water fall there was a bit of a pull to the top but the views emerging before us of the mountains above the clouds kept me going. At the top the views to the south and west came in to view and were really spectacular. I guess the mountains above 2000 feet were visible with thick cloud covering the lowlands. I've managed a few photos but couldn't really do the views justice. I got my picture of my dad and I at the top, the first munro we've climbed together. The weather was amazing, not a breath of wind, from setting of in thick mist I was wishing I had put on a t-shirt as I was so warm sitting eating our pieces. I knew that my work colleagues wouldn't believe me when I went back to work the next day with a sun-tanned face when they had spent the day in thick grey cloud.
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Dad and I on the top

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View towards Mount Blair

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Temerature inversion at its best

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Cloud over Glen Doll

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Looking down Corrie Kilbo

After a good 20 minutes enjoying the sun and the views we headed back down to the Kilbo path. We weren't planning to climb Driesh, one was enough for me so we walked along the Shank of Drumfollow with Gem putting up a couple of ptarmigans and a few hares - too quick for her. All the time we were looking down to the cloud in the glens with the sun on our backs. We could hear the stags roaring all around us and eventually spotted a few herds and could see a big stag strutting around bellowing out. As we reached the forest we stopped for a quick energy boost (Mac always has Kendal Mint Cake with him!) before heading in to the shade of the forest and back in to the mist. Walking through the thick forest with the mist arround us the sound of the stags became quite eerie. Back down to the car and feeling really good at finishing my first munro in 27 years. I don't think I could have climbed Driesh as well but I felt good and this gives me confidence to keep walking and once I'm a bit fitter I may tackle a few more munros, maybe help my dad do his last few.

I though that Mayar was my second munro (I don't think the Cairnwell and Cairn Gorm from the chairlift when skiing counts!) I had climbed Ben Nevis when I was on an outward bound course at Loch Eil when I was at school. I'm quite proud that we went via Corrie Leis rather than the usual "tourist route". Well I've found my diary from then in the attic and in between the comments about the awful food and the guys I fancied I found that I have climbed another 2 munros! - maybe more but I gave up my diary after the first 10 days!

So that makes Mayar my 4th real munro and first in 27 years, what a spectacular way start to the rest. When reading the other reports I realise how lucky I've been to have glorious sun on top of a munro in October! Thanks to dad, Mac and Gem for getting me up and down safely.
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Re: Mayar - my first munro in 27 years!

Postby Merry-walker » Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:12 pm

Great report and such lovely pictures mband. I love Mayar and this area (its part of my garden). Hope you do many more walks... :thumbup:
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Re: Mayar - my first munro in 27 years!

Postby Scotjamie » Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:44 pm

very enjoyable report and a great day - will join you to do Dreish in 2037 :)
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Re: Mayar - my first munro in 27 years!

Postby mountain coward » Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:28 pm

You should have gone for Dreish as well - it's really easy from there! But congrats anyway.

And all you guys are gonna have to go back to good ol' film cameras in winter in future to avoid all these battery problems! :lol:
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Re: Mayar - my first munro in 27 years!

Postby Phil the Hill » Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:19 pm

saying hello to half a dozen prisoners who were out repairing drainage channels on the path


I thought on first reading this that prison doesn't sound so bad if you get to go out and work on the hills - but then I realised that the punishment is that you're not allowed to go and bag the summit! :(

Well done, and I hope it won't be quite so long until your next one.
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Re: Mayar - my first munro in 27 years!

Postby Gable Gable End » Thu Oct 14, 2010 6:19 pm

im over in Cat Law on the pictures looking up to Angus, just peering in ahead of the cloud. Did you walk from Clova Hotel? The roadworks scuppered me getting in to do Jocks Road on Tuesday!
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Re: Mayar - my first munro in 27 years!

Postby Jockstar » Thu Oct 14, 2010 6:47 pm

I recently returned to hillwalking and Mayar was my first....could be obvious as my last name sounds the same but spelt differently. Love your photos and the inversion was just fantastic. I just wish you had gone on and done Dreish but the strength is in you to refuse. That will stand you in good stead for any 'shall I shan't I ?' moments. :D
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Re: Mayar - my first munro in 27 years!

Postby mband » Thu Oct 14, 2010 7:31 pm

Thanks very much everybody for your words of encouragement. It's great to know that you all read my first report :D . I think I could have done Driesh as well but I was just a bit worried about my fitness as this was my first hillwalk for a long time and didn't want to end up crawling back to the car! :?
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Re: Mayar - my first munro in 27 years!

Postby Fudgie » Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:03 pm

mband wrote:but I was just a bit worried about my fitness as this was my first hillwalk for a long time and didn't want to end up crawling back to the car! :?


My last hillwalk was my first for quite a while too but despite being very stiff for a few days afterwards, I've got the bug and I can't wait to climb more.
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Re: Mayar - my first munro in 27 years!

Postby Alastair S » Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:52 pm

Well done M - we are indeed lucky to live in such a wonderful country. And 49 times up Mayar! that must be some sort of record. Here's to the 50 - Boxing day or New Year perhaps?
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