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Back in boots. Taking it easy above Caenlochan.

 
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kinley
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:37 am    Post subject: Back in boots. Taking it easy above Caenlochan. Reply with quote

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Date: Saturday-Sunday 11th-12th July 2020
Distance: 14.9 +9.5km
Ascent: 850 + 60m


Its been a long 3 and a half months. Working lives being turned inside out and back to front was made immeasurably harder by the loss of freedom to get out of the Central Belt and out on the hills.

Set off from Edinburgh early doors and headed to Auchavan in Glen Isla. The forecast looked quite promising with light-ish winds and dry weather so we decided to take the tent out for a high camp.

I was a little nervous wondered how the lack of activity would affect hill fitness.

Parked up and set off on a relatively simple route with good underfoot conditions. Headed up Glen Isla and then up Monega Hill. This gains height and views quickly.

Glen Isla from Monega Hill:



Sat and had a late breakfast on the lee side of Monega Hill the wind was a little brisker than expected.

Carried on over Little Glas Maol and Glas Maol before heading round towards Cairn of Claise. Having seen few people on the Glen Isla side there were suddenly quite a lot of folks between the Munros.

We broke off the Red Route about 800m before Cairn of Claise and headed for Druim Mor. The swathes of cotton grass I saw pictures of a month ago have thinned a little.

Glas Maol over cotton grass:



Reached Druim Mor and found our previous pitch site about 150m east of the cairn. Set up the tent and called an early stop at an extremely lazy 1400hrs.

Druim Mor pitch:



I was pretty pleased with the legs wed both managed well, if a little lacking in full fitness. Quite a relief.

The wind was quite a bit stronger than had been forecast, probably would have taken the Scarp if Id known that. The Double Rainbow is a bit flappy when the door is open. [EDIT: Perhaps if we'd remembered to use the top cross strut it would have been better. Doh!]

Still, sat down to enjoy watching the world go by. Druim Mor is a fine place to sit around.

Monega Hill from Druim Mor:



Double Rainbow and Monega Hill:



We got some intermittent sunshine, napped through the late afternoon. Visibility was quite good we could see St Abbs Head lighthouse way out past Fife at 130km.

Had a wander after having tea, just up to the cairn and back.

DR view to Mayar and Dreish:





Theres a decent view of Lochnagar, although the hill looks far less dramatic from this side.

Druim Mor view to Lochnagar:



Sunset was a bit of a cloud smudged affair. Got our heads down to sleep a little after 10 and slept well. I got up at 0200 to have a look for Comet Neowise but there was cloud to our north.

Back to sleep before getting up to see what dawn would bring. Quite a nice morning as it happens.

Dawn from Druim Mor:





Went back to sleep we were not in a hurry. Eventually got up at around 0800. The winds had dropped out and the day looked very nice.

Sunshine after a long lie:




Mooched around for a while before getting packed up at about 1000hrs.

Glen Isla from Druim Mor:



We were heading for the Caderg zig-zag track about 1km to our east which gives a very easy descent to the glen floor. Curved round the little depression between Druim Mor and Caderg. A huge herd of deer were resting up between Druim Mor and Tom Buidhe.

Deer herd:



Spotted a Golden Eagle briefly, circling a little down Glen Isla. Heard but failed to spot a Ring Ouzel.

Picked up the top of the Caderg track and headed downhill. Between avoiding stepping on frogs the view up Caenlochan Glen is superb.

Headwall of Caenlochan Glen from Caderg:



The floral clock has moved on a lot last time we were out we were looking forward to the first growths of Spring. Weve missed the Purple Saxifrage, the Butterworts have gone over. The floral clock is pointing to high summer yellow saxifrages and orchids. The Bog Asphodel is even starting which means were close to the slide towards autumn.

Yellow Saxifrage:



The track peeters out at about the 600m mark but its easy walking from there to the ruin on the glen floor. The whole area is teeming with voles seen briefly darting through their tunnel runs.

Descent to glen floor:



Canness Glen looks amazing weve still not been up there. On the to do list.

Canness Glen:



and then to the glen floor. Quite a nice spot in its own right.

Ruin:



It was fantastic to be out in so much space again. Much as Holyrood Park had given us a retreat into a bit of nature, the absence of true open spaces was wearing. Quite a wake up call in terms of taking some things for granted.

A view up Canness Glen:



Wed been watching a herd of stalking ponies grazing from our tent pitch. Passed by them on the way down the glen.

Ponies:



An easy amble back to the car. A lovely crop of wild pansies.

Wild pansies:





So good to be back out again. Feels like a little bit of normal.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely - a much quieter approach to these hills than going up from the Glenshee ski centre.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A 2pm pitch, I usually fall out of my tent at that time Razz
Lovely photos as usual.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A terrific route Kinley, Caenlochan Glen is so impressive but I wonder if it is seldom seen when in pursuit of the large number of Munros that may pull people away from it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good choice to avoid the crowds. Would hate to think what Ben Lomond or Ben Lawers looked like.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that we've all had that wee concern about hill fitness.......... What a braw view! The air quality must have been excellent for you to see so far.

BTW, how many kilos of carrots did you need to bribe the deer Wink

It sure is mighty fine to be treading the ground again rather than drooling over maps (nowt wrong with the map drooling though Laughing )
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks and sounds amazing, I bet it felt so good to be out again.

The yellow saxifrage is lovely, cheers.
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