On Sunday 10th of April 2011, 20 Cairngorm
Club Members and 27 folk from the Stocket Hillwalking Club
shared a large coach for a traverse of the Mounth from Glen Isla
to Glenshee. The forecast was for a stoater of a day and so it
turned out. We had sun, very light winds, a harr and a
temperature of around 20C.
The day did not pass entirely without event,
however these are stories for another time and another place.
Two highlights were the big smile on our coach drivers face
after some nifty turning of the 51 seater coach at the road-end
and a 74 year old club member who managed two Munros and two
Tops despite thinking he was now a one trick (or one Munro) pony.
Well done Willie .....
What follows is a mostly pictorial account
of the President’s Party Route which went out past Tulchan
Lodge, across the Glas Burn and up the Monega Hill, onto and
over Little Glas Maol before ascending Glas Maol, Creag Leacach
and Leacach’s South West. Total trip time was 6 hours and 35
President’s Party gathered at Auchavan
Party leader taking the photo above
Setting out up Glen Isla
Monega Hill from Glen Isla
Scottish Rights of Way sign and Monega Hill
Looking back to Monameanach from Monega Hill
Creag Leacach from Monega Hill
Late breakfast/early lunch on Monega Hill
Canness Glen (right) and Caenlochan Glen (left)
Tramping o’er the Mounth – on the Monega Road
Snow at the head of Caenlochan Glen
After 3 hours of walking most folk reached the top of Glas Maol.
The rather flat and grassy Glas Maol
Glas Maol – Trig point and summit shelter
Carn an Tuirc (left) and Cairn of Claise
(right) from Glas Maol
Creag Leacach from the north east
There is a small howff (or shelter) on the ridge out to Creag Leacach. It’s not much to write home about but it does give protection from the elements…
The Leacach Howff
Inside “The Howff”
Creag Leacach and not much of a snow cornice
Looking back to Glas Maol
Creag Leacach (standing room only ! ! !)
The final pull up Creag Leacach with Glas Maol behind
Happy hillwalkers leaving Creag Leacach (the slabby rock)
A substantial dyke runs the length of the march over Creag Leacach and beyond.
Glas Maol and Creag Leacach from the South
Looking back to Creag Leacach
Heading for Spittal of Glenshee
“Are we nearly there yet ?”
Yes we are… a welcome drink in the spring
Bus sharing works and the result is often a
most memorable and rewarding day on the hill ..... thank you all
for another stoater of a day.