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Flying solo on Meall Geordie take 2

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Munros: Meall Ghaordaidh
Date walked: 12/06/2021
Distance: 10.2km
Ascent: 935m
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Avon for the 3rd time, Bhuird 1st time from the Sneck

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Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn a' Bhùird, Ben Avon
Date walked: 06/06/2021
Distance: 38.3km
Ascent: 1630m
Comments: 2
Views: 7


Another outstanding day out

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Munros: Beinn Bheoil, Ben Alder
Date walked: 30/05/2021
Distance: 48.1km
Ascent: 1787m
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Another pensioners adventure

Munros: Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl), Càrn a' Chlamain

Date walked: 22/05/2021

Time taken: 9.7 hours

Distance: 43.6km

Ascent: 1929m

This would be our 2nd week on the trot whereby we are improving out our biking skills, that is the theory anyway, My rear end was still tender from last weeks 10 miler each way, luckily this cycle was a much shorter - but still essential.
The plan was to attempt the 2 Perthshire hills in a oner rather than 2 visits. We did plenty of research and between us we had 3 different routes, BIG shout to Tomsy as his route between the two summits was pretty good and helped us navigate our way through the peat hags.
Another 6am meet as I thought the car park at Bridge of Tilt would be busy and we must have been too early for the day trippers, it was fairly full on our return.
For those who are thinking about tackling these two hills together, we opted to tackle Beinn Dearg first as the wind was forecast to be a brisk northerly. Other fellow walkers estimated it takes about 2hrs 30mins between the 2 hills, we found it took us almost 3 hours.


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Empty car park at 7.20am

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Just for a change we went the wrong way, at least it gave me a chance to photo geese "social distancing"

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My electric bike is the 'bees knees', no more pushing uphill - hopefully

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George concentrating, no sign of Parminder

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River Tilt, water nice and brown - plenty of peat in this area as we were to discover

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The way ahead, Parminder about to disappear out of view

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Belongs to Marble Lodge

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Looking back, there was plenty of traffic so we had to be careful. EE were having some sort of outdoor teamwork / bonding session that these big companies love. There were signs all over the place

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Waiting for Parminder

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The way ahead, Marble Lodge in the distance

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Gaws Bridge, we would dump/park our bikes on the grass on the other side of the bridge

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Bikes carefully parked & secured

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We were now heading up the grassy slope that would eventually take us to the "New Bridge"

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Looking back down towards the bridge (Gaws)

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Looking further up the track

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Plenty of deer on the horizon, they were soon galloping off

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Very undulating, we would be heading to the left of the lump in the middle Beinn Mheadhonach

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These two little cuties were tempted to follow us - until Parminder arrived

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We picked up the path that would take us down to the New Bridge

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The 'New Bridge' doesn't look that new to me

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Looking down on the burn from the New bridge

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Look to be fairly well used - not sure why because it is miles from anywhere

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Looking north bit of a feeble rainbow

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I had safely crossed the Allt Diridh, but my 2 colleagues opted to find an easier crossing point

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Parminder thinks he can make it here

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But he didn't, almost across before retreating

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Climbing back up the bank

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George has found a spot

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Halfway across

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Balancing & using your poles is key

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Almost on the island

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Parminder take 2, demonstrating the splits

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Nearly there

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The easy bit

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Showing off now

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Our first encounter with peat hags and they were quite extensive

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We are now on the luxurious track which goes all the way to the summit, although we did deviate a wee bit further on

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The path zig zags, so we opted for a short cut which involved a steep heather descent

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Quite a few animal tracks in the heather

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We are now ascending up the other side of the glen

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Our first view of Beinn Dearg summit

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Not quite sure why there is such a big cairn, 800m from the summit

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Not far now

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George approaching the shelter on the summit

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Our stalker arriving

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Quite a rocky summit area, plenty of spare ones to make the shelter

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We are heading that way, keeping to the high ground

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The lower ground is literally like this, not pleasant to walk on or around

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This burn wriggles it's way all around the peat hags

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Looking back, you can see the terrain in the background

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Looking south

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A hole that enables the snow melt to filter away

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Social distancing to the extreme

We kept to the west of Braigh Sron Ghorm to avoid extra ascent and then headed south towards Aonach na Cloiche Moire where we picked up an ATV track and then a track that takes you to the summit of Carn a Chlamain.

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Very odd grassy stuff

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Luckily the ATV track avoids this stuff

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You can see the track - bit flatter

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Carn a Chalamain in the distance

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Summit area of Carn a Chlamain looking across to Beinn a'Ghlo

We met 3 other walkers on the summit who were relaxing, we had a chat before heading down in an effort to be a bit lower when the next shower arrived.

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Looking south

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The way down fairly obvious, snow shower has just arrived

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The worst shower we encountered and that only lasted 5 minutes

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A proper rainbow

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Looking across the glen to the Beinn a'Ghlo massif

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We decided to take a short cut on the descent - which worked a treat. The main track heads east and we opted to head south down a recently man made path which brought us out at a bridge Slochd Dail Mhoraisd

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The bridge can be seen as can the main track

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Water feature taken from the bridge

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Nice peaty water in the Tilt again

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The old bridge of Tilt

Another tough but excellent day out, we are gradually chipping away at Parminder's remaining hills - he has 55 left to visit. It sounds easy, but they are all the far away ones or big days out. We will get there but probably next year, we are blaming Covid just like everyone else.

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It doesn't get much better than this or tougher

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Munros: Aonach Beag (Alder), Beinn Èibhinn, Càrn Dearg (Loch Pattack), Geal-chàrn (Alder)
Date walked: 15/05/2021
Distance: 50.1km
Ascent: 2072m
Comments: 1
Views: 12


3 Fanny's in the Fannichs

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Attachment(s) Munros: An Coileachan, Meall Gorm, Sgùrr Mòr
Date walked: 08/05/2021
Distance: 27km
Ascent: 1588m
Views: 18


Glen Kingie Epic

Attachment(s) Munros: Sgùrr Mòr (Loch Quoich)
Corbetts: Sgùrr an Fhuarain, Sgùrr Cos na Breachd-laoidh
Date walked: 30/04/2021
Distance: 24.3km
Ascent: 2065m
Views: 206


Turned out to be another epic

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Munros: Aonach Beag (Nevis Range)
Date walked: 23/04/2021
Distance: 16.1km
Ascent: 1561m
Views: 51


At long last, Tumps are history

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Munros: Beinn Mhanach
Date walked: 16/04/2021
Distance: 19.6km
Ascent: 895m
Views: 75


Fences and Gates a plenty

Attachment(s) Date walked: 10/04/2021
Distance: 17km
Ascent: 634m
Views: 202

Fife Flyer


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Location: Guess?
Occupation: Retired
Interests: Driving, cycling & music
Activity: Munro compleatist
Pub: None in particular
Mountain: The last one
Place: Knoydart
Gear: Walking poles
Member: Scottish National Trust
Camera: Sony
Ideal day out: Anywhere as long as the weather is half decent
Ambition: To stay safe
Munro rounds: 1

Munros: 211
Corbetts: 49
Grahams: 24
Donalds: 50
Hewitts: 2
Sub 2000: 121
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2021

Trips: 23
Distance: 533.9 km
Ascent: 24108m
Munros: 17
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 1

2020

Trips: 39
Distance: 684.95 km
Ascent: 39742m
Munros: 28
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 13
Donalds: 44
Sub2000s: 19

2019

Trips: 40
Distance: 587.45 km
Ascent: 38667m
Munros: 43
Sub2000s: 39

2018

Trips: 43
Distance: 722.9 km
Ascent: 45363m
Munros: 59
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 40

2017

Trips: 32
Distance: 491.3 km
Ascent: 29918m
Munros: 35
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 15
Donalds: 14
Sub2000s: 15

2016

Trips: 55
Distance: 938 km
Ascent: 56940m
Munros: 44
Corbetts: 9
Grahams: 14
Donalds: 57
Sub2000s: 6
Hewitts: 2

2015

Trips: 61
Distance: 1027.1 km
Ascent: 64822m
Munros: 84
Corbetts: 12
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 12
Sub2000s: 4

2014

Trips: 47
Distance: 742.3 km
Ascent: 45170m
Munros: 58
Corbetts: 9
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 7
Sub2000s: 12

2013

Trips: 11
Distance: 199.65 km
Ascent: 11664m
Munros: 21
Corbetts: 3
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 1

2011

Trips: 1
Distance: 14 km
Ascent: 614m
Munros: 1

2007

Trips: 4
Distance: 53.5 km
Ascent: 4251m
Munros: 7

2006

Trips: 4
Distance: 60.5 km
Ascent: 3543m
Munros: 4

2005

Trips: 1
Distance: 7 km
Ascent: 800m
Munros: 1

2004

Trips: 3
Distance: 86 km
Ascent: 5885m
Munros: 3

2003

Trips: 1
Distance: 24.25 km
Ascent: 1436m
Munros: 2

2002

Trips: 3
Distance: 48 km
Ascent: 2261m
Munros: 4

2001

Trips: 7
Distance: 104.5 km
Ascent: 6383m
Munros: 10

2000

Trips: 10
Distance: 133.75 km
Ascent: 9525m
Munros: 17

1999

Trips: 11
Distance: 189 km
Ascent: 11976m
Munros: 27

1998

Trips: 2
Distance: 27 km
Ascent: 1823m
Munros: 5

1997

Trips: 3
Distance: 51 km
Ascent: 2515m
Munros: 7

1996

Trips: 4
Distance: 47 km
Ascent: 3950m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 1

1995

Trips: 2
Distance: 11 km
Ascent: 1350m
Munros: 2

1994

Trips: 5
Distance: 56 km
Ascent: 4188m
Munros: 6


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