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Mt Keen - Sons first

Mt Keen - Sons first


Postby Left Behind » Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:54 pm

Route description: Mount Keen from Glen Esk

Munros included on this walk: Mount Keen

Date walked: 30/04/2011

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 17.5 km

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Just a quick report for this one as I think the Mt Keen reports have been fairly done to death. :lol:

I'd decided to get my 6 year old son into the outdoors, too much Nintendo DS and not enough fresh air!

He'd had a sleepover at his grans the previous night and I picked him up at the back of 10 and arrived at Glen Mark after 11. The weather was fine, warm but not hot although there was a breeze gusting occasionally down the glen.

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Looking behind us over the Water of Mark.

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Son takes off down the path, though was swiftly brought to heel for the rest of the journey after taking a tumble over a wee stone. Grazed knees, hands and ego and holding his dads hand for the remainder of the walk but besides that he was fine! :D

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Up Glen Mark from the perspective of a 4 foot tall boy.

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The peak comes into view.

At this point there was a little grumbling coming from the wee man, especially at the top was always "just round the next bend", which worked for a while at first but he twigged eventually that I was just trying to gee him on. A few breaks were had on the way up but we made fair time reaching the summit in 3 hours.

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Views over to the 'Gorms.

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Short stuff bags his first munro. Hopefully the first of many! It was windy at the top hence the holding on for dear life! :lol:

We got back down to the car in just under 2 and a half hours, so around 5 and a half for total journey time which I think was great going considering. He fell asleep in the car within 10 minutes.
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Re: Mt Keen - Sons first

Postby Merry-walker » Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:08 pm

Awww, what a sweetie your lad is. He looks happy :D Hope his knees and hands are feeling better.

I dragged... sorry - took my 15 year old son for a walk the other week up a very small bump the size of a ant hill ... Face like a old wifey chewing raw fish :lol:

His hill walking days are over. Your lad's look like they're just beginning :)

Mount Keen can never be done to death, grand walk and lovely report 8)
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Re: Mt Keen - Sons first

Postby Stretch » Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:49 pm

Look at the smile on that youngster's face! Excellent!
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Re: Mt Keen - Sons first

Postby rogers » Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:58 pm

Brilliant :D That's what it's all about.

Future Walkhighlands contributor I reckon.
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Re: Mt Keen - Sons first

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun May 01, 2011 9:01 am

Well done to the wee man, you'll need to get him signed up on here to get his blue balloons marked off :D
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Re: Mt Keen - Sons first

Postby Left Behind » Sun May 01, 2011 2:57 pm

Thanks all.

I thought he'd be cream crackered this morning but he was up sharp at 7am and asked if we could go for another walk again today. :shock: I had to make my excuses, he's got more stamina than his old man. :lol: :lol:
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Re: Mt Keen - Sons first

Postby pollyh33 » Sun May 01, 2011 3:12 pm

Fantastic report!! His wee legs must have been done in!!

I'm a bit jealous that your child wants to go walking with you- long may it continue!! :lol:

As I've said before this is the closest I get to my kids climbing on a rock!

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