Carn a believe it...!

Route: Càrn a'Chlamain

Munros: Càrn a' Chlamain

Date walked: 26/10/2013

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 26km

I set off at a fair pace having left it late in the morning to start. Couldn't decide whether to go up, given the dire MWIS warnings of 50-70mph gusts. But I figured I could turn back if I was being beaten up by the wind.

I biked up from Blair Atholl and stashed my mtb under the bridge opposite Balaneasie bothy. Obviously I forgot the chain. However I doubt anyone would want my old bike.

The route is dead easy, even a beginner bagger like me could hardly go wrong. A steepish grassy slope (slippy with mud, which caught me out on the return journey) and straight onto a landrover track that takes you pretty much to the summit. Accompanying me for the first part of the track was an incredibly strong stag stench, the unmistakable scent of the rut! The hinds really go for it apparently.

The wind was blowing like a world champion bagpipe player with almost as much noise and the mist rolled in, completely obscuring the summit. As I got to Grianan Mor, I was leaning into the wind like MJ in his smooth criminal video and really considered aborting. After a bit of indecision, I decided that was incredibly wussy and I have hardly bagged any munros so I had to keep going. Another twenty minutes though and the mist blew off with the wind somewhere else. There were even some flashes of sunshine with fantastic views across to Beinn a'Ghlo and the Tarf water.

When I got to the top, it was a slight anticlimax - arriving at the cairn so suddenly after the long drawn-out ascent. I actually asked myself whether my navigation skills were so atrocious (they aren't the best) that I had mistaken a smaller summit for Carn a'Chlamain.

A few snaps and OS identification of other summits (which happily confirmed I had reached the object of my mid-day venture), a celebratory slurp of tea and half a sandwich, then I set off back down the hill. The wind was having a second, well, wind and it was a slight struggle to stay on course.

On the way, I sang really loudly to some music on my ipod, possibly out of tune as wearing earphones. I like a tune or two to power my hikes at times. Up popped a previously unseen, fellow hiker, much to my embarrassment. Anyway, the wind was such an enthusiastic competitor I'm sure he couldn't hear me.

Very glad to see my old bike still peacefully waiting under the bridge as I reached the road. I polished off the rest of the sandwich and tea to pep me up for a fast bike back. It had started to rain.

All in all, a fantastic little trip which made me feel I deserved a large beer and some curry on arriving back at my digs.

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Activity: Hill Bagger
Mountain: Schiehallion
Place: Knoydart
Gear: Old whistle my mum gave m

Munros: 22
Corbetts: 3
Fionas: 3
Wainwrights: 10
Hewitts: 16

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Trips: 1
Distance: 26 km
Munros: 1

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