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Arrested Development on Mount Keen
by Stretch » Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:15 pm
Route description: Mount Keen from Glen Esk
Munros included on this walk: Mount Keen
Date walked: 05/02/2011
Time taken: 5 hours
Distance: 17.5 km
Ascent: 708m2 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
As the conditions improved throughout the morning, we made good time up the wide track through the glen and out onto the moorland that unfolds before the lump of Mount Keen. From here the wind picked up but it wasn't too bad and the views all around kept our spirits up. There was no need for crampons on Mount Keen today, in fact there was little snow on the approach. Most of it was on the wide path up the glen - I had made the dumb decision to leave my microspikes in the car. After nearly 2 1/2 hours we reached the summit, took in the great views of Lochnagar, and had our lunch out of the wind behind the rocks.
While the views were great and the lunchtime banter quite good, that simply wasn't enough entertainment for Alan and James. Both had been aching to try out their winter gear, Alan has yet to wear his crampons, and James wanted some ice axe arrest practice. When we reached the largest snow patch on the descent, the boys decided to give the ice axe arrest a go. The snow was fairly slick and packed down and even though it wasn't steep you could still pick up a little speed. Gammy and I watched as the hilarity ensued. I think the video will speak for itself, so I won't go into any more detail about the practice session.
Overall this was a fab day on the hill. Mount Keen wasn't a bad hill at all and the walk was enjoyable throughout. It was so nice to get out of St Andrews today and again I have to thank the boys for going a bit out of their way to pick me up. When we got back I took them to one of my local haunts for some much needed food and drink. I think the 'all-day breakfast' was the popular choice Let's do it again soon guys!
by malky_c » Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:43 pm
by JB likes a beer » Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:47 pm
by yokehead » Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:53 pm
And you even got half-decent weather!
by Gable Gable End » Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:15 pm
Looks like a good one!
by ChrisW » Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:25 pm
by rockhopper » Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:42 pm
by Alastair S » Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:23 am
by Merry-walker » Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:42 am
I really enjoyed Mount Keen
Thank you for posting
by gammy leg walker » Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:13 am
by Stretch » Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:42 am
Thanks for the comments folks. Looks like a few of us all flocked to the sunshine in the east yesterday.
by Paul Webster » Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:48 am
by Stretch » Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:57 am
Paul Webster wrote:Brilliant stuff - love it
Cheers Paul, with all the falls and gloom on the hills lately we thought we'd inject a bit of joy back into the hillwalking scene
by Astronick » Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:42 am
by pruney84 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:02 pm
The video is class!!