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Mount Keen, fine to climb with your only pair of trainers

Mount Keen, fine to climb with your only pair of trainers


Postby The Rodmiester » Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:56 am

Route description: Mount Keen from Glen Esk

Munros included on this walk: Mount Keen

Date walked: 19/08/2015

Time taken: 4.25 hours

Distance: 17.64 km

Ascent: 737m

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Today was forecasted for the best weather of the week so with the Grandkids up from the South it was time to add to their Munro tally. As they had insufficient baggage room to pack their walking boots Mount Keen with a track and good path to the summit was to be the chosen hill. Glen Esk was chosen as the starting point to save a drive around to the North side.

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A happy group at the Car Park at the West end of Glen Esk
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After leaving the car parl turn righr along the tarmac road over a bridge and soon to find a directional sign on your right
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After passing through a metal gate it was a straightforward walk along the water filled track up the glen
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The heather was in full bloom
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First of three burn crossings this being the easiest
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Its fast walking along this almost level track
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On your right if your alert you will find this marker stone on your right
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Passing a tree plantation on your right
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The Queens Well comes into view after the tree plantation and before the now used Holiday Cottage which was empty when we passed
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On the track outside the Estate House now used for Holiday lets
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The most difficult river crossing you will find but unless it's after a prolonged spell of wet weather should provide no problems. It was here that James on his mountain bike overtook us splashing through the burn
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Looking back down the track
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Time for a drink at the sharp bend in the track
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Time for a wee rest
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Looking back down the glen from the track at high level before the cairn marking the junction of the well made up path to the summit
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The summit in the distance taken fro0m the large cairn at the trackside
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Abbey at the summit trig point
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Boundary marker stone near the summit
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Met up with James again at the summit
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Returning down the track
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House of Mark, now a B and B and Coffee /Tea stop off after your days exersions
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Tea/Coffee on the lawn in a wonderful setting, and the sun shining for once this Summer
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Family group taken at the summit shelter by James, thanks again James hope you got home safely
Last edited by The Rodmiester on Tue Aug 25, 2015 9:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Mount Keen, fine to climb with your only pair of trainer

Postby Petr Dakota » Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:29 am

Hi Rod, thanks for this report :clap: Mount Keen is on my list of the Munros I want to do with my daughter Cheyenne soon :D Happy to see how is it there now :D
Superb report and sure great family walk ! :clap: :clap: :clap: 8) :clap:
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Re: Mount Keen, fine to climb with your only pair of trainer

Postby AbbsFooty » Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:25 pm

Great report RodMeister! It was a lovely walk with you and the family :D
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Re: Mount Keen, fine to climb with your only pair of trainer

Postby jamesan89 » Mon Aug 24, 2015 11:53 am

Hi Rod,

It was a fine day and Mount Keen certainly expected by expectations with great views over to Lochnagar and the Aberdeenshire coast! I hope you and your family all enjoyed it and I made it back safely! - Thanks for the summit photo!

Cheers
James
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Re: Mount Keen, fine to climb with your only pair of trainer

Postby The Rodmiester » Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:38 pm

jamesan89 wrote:Hi Rod,

It was a fine day and Mount Keen certainly expected by expectations with great views over to Lochnagar and the Aberdeenshire coast! I hope you and your family all enjoyed it and I made it back safely! - Thanks for the summit photo!

Cheers
James

Hi James, we all really enjoyed our day, we picked well for the weather. It was an action all go week as you can imagine. :D May see you up another hill sometime :)
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Re: Mount Keen, fine to climb with your only pair of trainer

Postby BlackPanther » Tue Aug 25, 2015 10:27 am

Glen Esk looks nice time of the year, with heather in bloom everywhere :D

We did MK from the other side also in August, two years ago, I think it was, and Glen Tanar was a sea of purple. We actually enjoyed the walk-in more than the climb itself :lol: For us, the Esk approach is the inconvenient one (too far to drive).

I miss the hills already and thinking about another month without them... :sick: :sick:
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Re: Mount Keen, fine to climb with your only pair of trainer

Postby The Rodmiester » Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:29 pm

BlackPanther wrote:Glen Esk looks nice time of the year, with heather in bloom everywhere :D

We did MK from the other side also in August, two years ago, I think it was, and Glen Tanar was a sea of purple. We actually enjoyed the walk-in more than the climb itself :lol: For us, the Esk approach is the inconvenient one (too far to drive).

I miss the hills already and thinking about another month without them... :sick: :sick:

Sorry to hear about the lack of hills BP, hope your back very soon, Rod
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Re: Mount Keen, fine to climb with your only pair of trainer

Postby mountain thyme » Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:44 pm

Poor Noddy. Did he not feel left out :(
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Re: Mount Keen, fine to climb with your only pair of trainer

Postby The Rodmiester » Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:52 pm

mountain thyme wrote:Poor Noddy. Did he not feel left out :(


:lol: :lol: :lol: He did feel completely left out so Abbey took him out for a ride to the farm shop to get some strawberries the next day to make up. Tell you this there would have been a lot of ooooohs and aaaaaahs and probably been a few crash bang wollups as well as some parts were very stoney :lol:
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Re: Mount Keen, fine to climb with your only pair of trainer

Postby Mountainlove » Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:08 pm

Cracking day you had and how lovely to take the family. Good to know about the foot wear :D
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Re: Mount Keen, fine to climb with your only pair of trainer

Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:59 pm

Mountainlove wrote:Cracking day you had and how lovely to take the family. Good to know about the foot wear :D


We were very lucky with the day Mountainlove, there have been very few good hill days this Summer, so it was nice for the family to enjoy. In fact they had not a bad week full stop with only one rainy day which we went to the swimming pool.
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Re: Mount Keen, fine to climb with your only pair of trainer

Postby dogplodder » Wed Aug 26, 2015 4:37 pm

Lovely report of day out with the grands. :D
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Re: Mount Keen, fine to climb with your only pair of trainer

Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Aug 26, 2015 4:42 pm

dogplodder wrote:Lovely report of day out with the grands. :D


It was thanks dogplodder, pity there was no time to do others :D
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Re: Mount Keen, fine to climb with your only pair of trainer

Postby AbbsFooty » Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:31 am

Hi TheRodMeister, when are you going up a hill next, so I can check your next reports. Your reports are amazing!!! :D
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