Thursday, 15 September 2016

Helvellyn ridge with a wild camp Sept 2016

We only had time for another short trip,so we left my car at St Johns vale and drove Lees up to Dumial Raise

The route took us down to the Birkside Gill which was looking good with all Fridays rain in it.Striding edge was its busy self but other than the summit it was reasonably quiet

The ground was pretty dry  but the streams we crossed (Can see in video more) were showing the effects of the very heavy rain we had Friday night

We choose to camp on Randerside,close by the summit,camped here a few times,litte did we know that some "Trek-Lite" members were camped up on Stybarrow Dodd summit

I had one of these sent to try from a nice young late,WOW is al,id say the best tasting FD meal ive tasted..lets hope someone can get them at a good price


It had been a nice day with a little breeze and nice blue clouds floating around,max temp I saw was a warm 18c

It turned into a nice evening but the temp followed the sun down

         Lees Tramplite shelter catching the last of the days rays

Pics are a little mixed up and are a mix off the phone,an old Lx3 and the night shots came off my Gopro

I had planned to take some night pics with my camera aswell as the Gopro but the low ish temp and a fresh wind made for some cold hands

Did enjoy taking the Gopro pics using Wi-Fi on the phone !

We had a pretty good dawn too and were away fro 7-30 missing the Trek-Lite lads somewhere....

Now the twist ....back to my car for 10 am (lee wanted to be home for 12 and I wanted to be home for 11,as I had a car to go and look at in Yorkshire) as we approached the car I remembered were my keys were......sadly in Lees glove box   DOH   .tries thumbing it upto Swirls carpark then took the forest track back to the car an extra 9 k I didn't need..walked the uphills ran the downs and flats...sod this running lark

So if any wants a solid,reliable walking mate.....think Lees looking for a new walking mate !!

Heres a pic of route and a link

Heres the video,thanks for looking Peter and Oscar the mountain dog !

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Glenshee Munros August 2016

 So as we had to cancel a trip away in the caravan,i found myself with an extra Scotland trip in the offing

On a winter trip a few years ago,we dropped Meall Greigh,from the Ben Lawers group,due to very deep snow.So we decided to do it on our travel up day.Did get a cracking dawn at camp,think it was Nov 2013

So on the drive up from Penrith we decide to just nab this one as a short day walk.Weather was mixed but mainly sunny but a fierce wind chased us off and 500 ft down the summit

This was one of a few gusts !

Then it was an hours drive to our B&B for the night the Red house at Ballintium,near Blairgowrie,great stay and a huge breakfast and all for £25 pp  we will be back I think.The numbers 01250 886217,Oscar made another fan too

Last Meal !

A short drive then took us to Spittal of Glenshee, a short drive up the road took us to Dalmunzie hotel were you can park for £2.50 a day

It was a very humid day so I had got Oscar into a few pools before this pic,but sadly he came out covered in mud out of one of them,which then dried.So when we crossed this stream I spent five minutes washing off,safe to say my hands were cold by the time id washed him off again

I wont go on about the route as theres a map and link at the bottom of this blog,plus its easy to follow on the video 

We camped on the spot height 818m between Beinn lutharn Mhor and Carn Bac,which we did after we had pitched.For note all the ground was a bit rough around here but theres a great large patch of flat ground right on the spot height of 818m

We had seen some deer groups through the day but as we returned to our camp from Carn Bhac we spotted a huge herd, I would say at least 150 strong,always great to watch these animals cover ground so easily

After a warm humid day it was great to sit out with Whisky and food,luckily our pitch caught some breeze which kept the beasties away

Oscar was feeling his Nine ish odd years too  

My new inner from Ron at MLD was a perfect fit and worked realy well under my trusty Trailstar

Can just make out our shelters as we returned from Carn Bhac


Sadly we got no sunset and only a little colour in the morning

Got to love a flame for first brew

Packing up in the Morning

The next morning started with a sharp steep climb up onto Beinn lutharn Mhor,think it was 15 years ago when I first did these hills

The views at first were a little misty but soon cleared out again

Loch nan Eun was still as a mill pond,and had some rough ground surrounding it all directions

As we had made good time we decided to add on Carn a Gheoidh,after we had bagged An Socach.Which gave Lee six new munros and seven with the one we did on the day up

A steep drop off put us in the lovely and huge valley of Gleann Taitneach

              Heres a link to the route and a picture of the route


And heres the video,not liking this one but these aren't the most exciting Munros to do,some rough ground in places too,thanks for looking travels Peter