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Monadhliath in the snaw

Monadhliath in the snaw


Postby soapy27 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:55 am

Route description: Carn Dearg, Carn Sgulain and A'Chailleach

Munros included on this walk: A' Chailleach (Monadhliath), Carn Dearg (Monadhliath), Carn Sgulain

Date walked: 03/11/2012

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 25 km

Ascent: 948m

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After reading many reports on these boggy munros I've been waiting for a cold enough day to freeze up the terrain and make for a drier and maybe easier day out.With the forecast -4 in some glens and not much snow forecast this was to be that day.So bag packed with the extra winter gear it was off up the a9 through heavy snow showers going past Drumochter and wondering if this was a good idea or not.However by the time we got there it had settled down and conditions were near perfect.
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Looking down Glen Banchor

As daylight hours were not on our side and knew this round was gona take most of the day we decided to do the route in reverse in case we had to cross the Allt a'Chaorainn in the dark.
The going was not bad for the first mile or so till the path deteriorated and turn pretty muddy the frost had firmed it up a little but was still the odd squelch here and there.once getting upto the snow line things firmed up under foot but as the cloud was shrouding the hills there was no views for the next 4 hours can't win sometimes .
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Looking back down the glen
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Into the snow we go
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Arriving at A'Chailleach
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On route to Carn Sgulain
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On Carn Sgulain
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On the way to Carn Dearg we found a bit shelter out of the freezing wind to have lunch as Archie was looking rather spent and had been running about for 4 hours.
The going was tough and energy sapping in the snow really feeling like mountaineering now and winter has definitely arrived
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Follow the fence posts
.After walking for around 5 hours the cloud had started to lift and eventually we got some decent views thank god
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Carn Dearg
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Archie on Carn Dearg
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The final accent of the day
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Towards Drumochter
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The long walk out
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Locals
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We arrived back at the car after 8 hours of hard walking but the eventual views made all the effort worthwhile and another 3 in the bag happy days :D
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soapy27
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Re: Monadhliath in the snaw

Postby quoman » Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:53 pm

Hi soapy27

It looked cold up there and Archie looked **** off :lol: what make of dog is he..thats the same way as i did these three and it sure is a long walk back out.
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Re: Monadhliath in the snaw

Postby Lenore » Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:07 pm

Stunning pictures getting up to the summit!!! :clap:
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Re: Monadhliath in the snaw

Postby soapy27 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:46 am

Cheers guys .Aye it sure was a long walk out Quoman legs really felt it near the end.Archie is a field Cocker Spaniel he was fine after a bit food and running about again 8)
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Re: Monadhliath in the snaw

Postby pigeon » Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:08 pm

Well done soapy,did these back in February and seen next to nowt :( Thankfully had a good wee gang with me that day and a good laugh was had on a long dreich day.As you say , :thumbup: 3 more in the bag
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