I am catching up on a few of my walk reports whilst I have a little time to myself. So without further ado...
As the May Day bank holiday looked like it was going to be a cracker I had decided to rope my friend into a long over due camping trip. We settled on a walk in, camp, hill(s), walk out plan. Unfortunately she had work on the Monday (boo) so we had to be back home for the Sunday evening.
I had a route planned out for us, taking in Carn Bhac and Beinn Lutharn Mhor, as they are often climbed together, as per the walk highlands recommended route.
We arrived at the car park at Inverey at a reasonable time despite stops for essentials like gin in a tin etc at the Tesco in Banchory on the way up.
A brisk(ish) walk in along the good land rover track up Glen Ey followed after the dogs had relieved themselves and had some water after being cooped up in the car for so long. Some speculation was had about who the Colonel was and why he would have a bed up here...
By the time we reached our camping spot we were extremely glad to take our heavy (so heavy) packs off and get the tents pitched. It was only around 4pm at this point and still a beautiful evening with the promise of a lovely clear night to follow.
We got the camp set up and sleeping bags out of the stuff sacks to air out, a quick snack and then decided that we may as well tick off one of the hills that we had come for, thus relieving some of the time pressure on us for the Sunday.
So off we set up Carn Bhac. Nothing particularly interesting to say about this hill, it has a pretty obvious path up to the top, through a small boulder field up to the summit plateau. It was however quite windy once we gained the shoulder, my soft-shell got a good testing on that, and performed admirably. Wooly hats even made an appearance! It was still May after all in the Scottish highlands.
A quick stop and sandwiches on the summit, a few quick pics, and mountain spotting was done and then back down to the tents. We did consider taking a different route down as the way up was quite boggy in places but we decided that we would just stick with the devil we knew...
Before we knew it we were back at the tents and it was tea time! Our friend had decided that he would join us for the camping part of the trip but not the hills part (sensible man) and turned up not long after we had started cooking our boil in the bag meals. I am not entirely sold on these, I am more a kinda cup a soup or pasta 'n' sauce pot kinda girl (slaggy I know )
A really fun night spent with good friends a few bevies and the dogs under canvas was then had. So good for the soul being outside and in good company.
The next day, we had a very leisurely start complete with a cooked breakfast, v tasty. We decided that with the prospect of a long walk out and the time constraint we would leave Beinn Lutheran Mhor for another day, it also looked really steep and my legs were protesting at the thought of it.
Oh no we will just have to come back! So sad
Lessons learned.... take less stuff! You don't need it all! Our camping packs were SO heavy, probably what didn't help the tired leg situation! I think our packs were about 18kg! Ridiculous. Needless to say I have bought a more reasonable sized and lighter pack for future camping trips.
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