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One crazy Christmas Day!

One crazy Christmas Day!


Postby Mrs Scoob » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:25 am

Munros included on this walk: A' Mhaighdean, Ruadh Stac Mor

Date walked: 25/12/2017

Time taken: 16.5 hours

Distance: 50.9 km

Ascent: 1969m

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We've had these last 2 Munros left to finish off our second round for a couple of months now, but were holding out for a good day for it. Having had our family Christmas time already, we decided to just go for it :crazy: :lol: Scoob's video shows our grand day out :thumbup:

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Leaving Poolewe at 4.30am :shock: we set off on our bikes wearing lightweight boots, with the winter boots in tow. After 6km, we left the bikes at the start of the forest just after Kernsary farm. The long walk in had a few obstacles - almost immediately in to a boot-sinking dung field :lol: then soon after the track was flooded so we instead went for a crawl under a fallen tree and swinging around another, hanging on to slimy branches :wtf: But once we were out of the forest it was a simple task of following the track, which we were grateful for in torch light. Water levels were very high, so we also went for the extra half km up Strathan Buidhe to cross the footbridge then back down again :roll: Day light was beginning to appear as we reached the path that would take us along to the causeway. Stopping to switch boots with much relief, it had taken us 4hrs to get to this point... so I was still confident we were on track for the 15hr day we had planned :eh: :lol:
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First light as we skirt the end of Fionn Loch
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Just crossed the causeway, using the edge as stepping stones!
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Our route ahead: up to the left then looped back around to come out on the right of this view

Having crossed the almost flooded causeway, we were now unsure of what to expect of the burn crossing up ahead of us. It was in spate, but we managed across without any big issues - feet stayed dry anyway :D So we carried on up the path between the 2 hills, pausing to check the glass-like water (no breeze at all today) and the stone circle (matching the one on Beinn a'Chaisgein Mor behind us). The path soon disappeared in the snow so we took a more direct line up to the shoulder of RSM.
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Stone circle looking on to A'Mhaighdean
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Steep line up to the more gentle shoulder of RSM
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Ruadh Stac Mor - almost on the summit with just one to go

Coming down RSM was a bit more slow and careful due to slippery, snow-covered boulders. We stopped for a quick bite at the bealach then slowly plodded onwards and upwards :lol: By the time we reached our final summit we'd already decided not to return the same way, but to make a loop off the hill and back to the other end of the causeway... just in case it was the water crossings slowing us down :? :lol:
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Feeling the burn! Final climb with RSM in the background
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View to Beinn Tarsuinn and Lochan Fada (our previous route in here)
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Topped out! Munro round 2 compleated on A'Mhaighdean :)
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Woohoo! Quick photo stop then time to get going again

We were keen to get back to the track in daylight, which we just managed :D Didn't bother to change boots again for the long walk out, happier to just trudge through the obstacles :lol: This time we crossed the burn at Strathan Buidhe, which was surprisingly low by now. Delighted when we reached the bikes again, but even more buzzing when we arrived back at the van at 9pm :D
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Heading down A'Mhaighdean avoiding the crags
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Gorm Loch Mor first, then down to Dubh Loch

As with our first round, this isn't the end of the road for us... we'll still be out hill walking somewhere more weeks than not, since this is one of our favourite hobbies/obsession :D :D :lol:
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Re: One crazy Christmas Day!

Postby pollyh33 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:31 am

Fantastic report Fi- certainly livened up a dull morning at work!

Congratulations to you both :clap: :clap: :clap:

Love the photo of Scoob ascending RSM- poor man needs a wee lie down!

Can't believe that I've missed another one of your compleations- mibbe manage along to your 3rd. :wink: :wink: :wink:
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Re: One crazy Christmas Day!

Postby Dunblane Bagger » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:20 pm

Congratulations Scoobs !!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Hopefully my wee tips on the cycle/walk in helped?? :crazy:

Your photo's make it look like the water level submerged the causeway? surely not ? :shock:

hopefully meet up soon bud!
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Re: One crazy Christmas Day!

Postby ancancha » Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:23 pm

Wow :!: twice round :clap:
How many pairs of boots is that :lol:
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Re: One crazy Christmas Day!

Postby GillSte » Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:24 pm

Nice! You did it then. Congratulations.
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Re: One crazy Christmas Day!

Postby Mrs Scoob » Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:52 pm

pollyh33 wrote:...Can't believe that I've missed another one of your compleations- mibbe manage along to your 3rd. :wink: :wink: :wink:
Thanks Polly :wave: Determination won out over exhaustion :shifty: :lol: Yep, fingers crossed for the next one - we'll give you plenty of warning :wink: :D

Dunblane Bagger wrote:...Hopefully my wee tips on the cycle/walk in helped?? :crazy:

Your photo's make it look like the water level submerged the causeway? surely not ? :shock:
Thanks - they did :thumbup: Scoob's video shows the causeway crossing better; we used the stones on the side to cross where it was past ankle-deep :D

ancancha wrote:Wow :!: twice round :clap:
How many pairs of boots is that :lol:
Thanks! Lost count, but this was the first trip we'd carried an extra pair :roll: :lol:

GillSte wrote:Nice! You did it then. Congratulations.
Thanks Gill! This one really pushed us; could have done with building up the bigger walks again leading up to this trip :think: :)
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Re: One crazy Christmas Day!

Postby gammy leg walker » Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:26 pm

As I've already said huge congratulations to you mad,crazy lovely pair
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Re: One crazy Christmas Day!

Postby pollyh33 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:14 pm

gammy leg walker wrote:As I've already said huge congratulations to you mad,crazy lovely pair


That's what people will be saying to us soon Gammy!
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Re: One crazy Christmas Day!

Postby rockhopper » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:25 pm

Many congratulations to both of you :clap: - that was some walk with which to finish your second round ! - cheers :)

pollyh33 wrote:
gammy leg walker wrote:As I've already said huge congratulations to you mad,crazy lovely pair
That's what people will be saying to us soon Gammy!
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Re: One crazy Christmas Day!

Postby malky_c » Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:17 pm

Brilliant 8) . And you probably got the best Christmas Day weather anywhere in the UK as well! Quite some effort to do this (4:30 am start :shock: ) but looked well worth it. Congratulations on your second round :D
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Re: One crazy Christmas Day!

Postby Alteknacker » Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:06 am

Brilliant! What a Christmas Day! Congratulations. :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: One crazy Christmas Day!

Postby wilkiemurray » Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:59 am

superb - a grand way to spend Christmas :) Enjoyed the video - Paradise indeed , its Gods own country up there :)

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Re: One crazy Christmas Day!

Postby jenniferc6 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:02 am

Congratulations on compleating round 2 - what a way to finish and on an excellent choice of hills! :D
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Re: One crazy Christmas Day!

Postby Paul Webster » Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:07 am

Awesome, I'm speechless!
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Re: One crazy Christmas Day!

Postby robertphillips » Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:45 am

well done guys great report of your completion. :clap: :clap: :clap: 8) 8)
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