TGO Challenge 2015: Day 6 – Monadliath Sun

on Carn Odhar na Criche
On Carn Odhar na Criche. From left: Gordon Green, Lynsey Pooler, Andy Walker, Carl Mynott, Claire White, Alan Tinkler

I started off just before the others at 0830. It was overcast and a bit cold, but the visibility was good. Just after arriving at Carn Odhar na Criche, Claire White and Alan Tinkler also made the summit. The other group of 4 arrived about 10 minutes later. The rest of the day was pretty straightforward, just following the fence posts. Further along the ridge, the others did a short detour to the Munro Carn Dearg, but I have been up this hill 3 times, and did not want to lengthen what would be an already long day, so I carried on along the ridge.

snowy slopeThe weather improved, and it was quite sunny at times, even down to just wearing a base layer for most of the rest of the day. I stopped to make some soup on Carn Balloch.

I think the other folk behind me were either going to Newtonmore or Kingussie, but I was heading for a bothy or camp on the other side of Carn na Fhreiceadain . There were a couple about an hour ahead of me, but apart from that, I so no one else for the rest of the day.

This is a great walk on a grand day like today, and you can bag a Munro without even noticing (Carn Sgulain). Unfortunately there is a bit of a drop before Carn na Fhreiceadain, (which included quite a slow boggy stretch), and I was going quite slow up the final slopes of this Corbett. However, I managed to get a phone signal from the summit so phoned home with an update of my progress. I also sat here for a while as the air clarity made the views pretty good. Then it was off over the subsidiary top Beinn Bhreac, then straight down the slope in a SW direction towards Luachair Mhor, but hoping the bothy before there would be suitable for the night, and indeed it was.

comfortable bothyI got there about 1845 hrs. The bothy has two open rooms, two verandas and some locked areas. The second room has a window and a chair and settee so I bunked down there. It was also well stocked with firewood so I had quite a warm comfortable night. As you can see from the photographs in the Flickr pages it has some odd artefacts such as a wheel chair and a cast iron bath. Also, as well as the usual wine and whisky bottle candle holders, it had a large selection of empty champagne bottles, some quite big, so I guess there must be some partying up here at times.

See more photographs in my Flickr pages TGO Challenge 2015 Part 1 and TGO Challenge 2015 Part 2

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