Stob Dearg

For many years, Joachim, Markus, Stefan, Thomas and I spend a long weekend together for hiking every year. After we were rather “flat” on the way, the choice for 2008 fell to Scotland. For a long time I wanted to bring the boys the beauties of the Highlands and above all my passion for the Munros. However, I was also clear that, unlike the previous hikes, I should and should have pointed out seriousness, weather conditions and conditional conditions. What should also be true of course. And since we still had a bed free and in my view Cord would fit well with the guys, we also gave him asylum for the 4 days in Scotland.

After we had flown the day before from Cologne to Edinburg, Cord came in Cologne from Berlin to come, followed first the journey to Kinlochleven. In Callander we bought food and drinks and then drove through the Rannoch Mor with obligatory photopause. The weather was fresh, but pleasant. As we approached Glen Coe, guarded majestically by the great shepherd, my hint “there we go up tomorrow” cried out rather disbelieving head shaking. In the Glen Coe itself we made another photopause. Afterwards we went directly to Kinlochleven, to the beautifully situated Garbh Bhein Cottage, which offers great views of the Mamores. Beer, fire and dinner were the successful end of the arrival day.

The next morning it became clear that my advice to the Scottish weather conditions and the urgent demands to take rain-proof clothes with me were not in vain. It was raining heavily, the visibility was severely limited and the motivation had dropped significantly. Here, however, it proved to be an advantage to have motivation artists and raincoasters. At 10 o’clock we were standing still in the parking lot near Altnafeadh, though still somewhat uncertain, but still fully […]

2017-09-19T14:17:07+00:00October 15th, 2008|2008, 2009 - 2000, Strath Orchy to Loch Leven|

Na Gruagaichean

Tag 2 unseres 2008er Schottlands-Wanderwochenende. Thomas hatte uns am Abend reichlich und gut bekocht und wir liessen den Abend gemütlich bei Bier und Feuer ausklingen! Das hatten wir uns verdient.

Nachdem wir am Vortag den großen Hirten erwandert haben wandten wir uns am 05.10 sozusagen unseren Hausbergen zu. Die Mamores lagen direkt vor der Haustür und wir hatten einen direkten Blick auf  Na Gearanach, was soviel wie “Die Mädels” heißt. Auch dieser Tag sollte in mehrfacher Hinsicht erinnerungswürdig bleiben.

Wir sparten uns einige Höhenmeter und fuhren mit den Wagen zur Mamore Lodge, wo wir gegen ein akzeptables Endgelt parken konnten. Vor allem Thomas litt an Knien und Muskeln und da kam jeder gesparte Meter gerade recht.

Gut gelaunt und viel wichtiger – bei bestem Wetter – marschierten wir los. Nur Thomas nicht, der schoss los und hatte bald einige hundert Meter zwischen sich und uns gebracht. Irgendwas hatte er wohl gefrühstückt, was wir nicht hatten. Wir nutzen dennoch die Gelegenheit, um die Gegend rund um Kinlochlewen aus anderen Perspektive zu erforschen und betrachten. Der Blick auf Loch Leven war ebenso eindrucksvoll wie die Erscheinung des Blackwater Reservoirs. Nun hieß es aber wieder die Gäule einzufangen und Thomas rechtzeitig darauf hinzuweisen, dass der Weg nicht weiterhin so idyllisch Richtung Loch Eilde Mór mäandern würde, sondern dass auch heute 2 Munros auf den ambitionierten Steiger warteten. Und das hieß, richtig, Anstieg.

Wir querten dann auch das Gelände Richtung Sgor Eilde Beag auf einem ausgezeichneten Stalkers Path, der die steilsten Partien in Serpentinen erschloss. Hier zeigte sich dann, dass Thomas wirklich litt und die Zähne zusammen beissen musste um hier zu bestehen. Ein Zustand, der sich den ganzen Tag über leider nicht ändern sollte. Dennoch erreichten wir nach knapp 1,5 h den ersten Gipfel des Tages, den des 956 m hohen Sgor Eilde Beag. Der erste Munro sollte ca 1,5 h […]

2017-09-19T14:17:07+00:00October 5th, 2008|2008, 2009 - 2000, Loch Linnhe to Loch Ericht|

Binnein Mor

Tag 2 unseres 2008er Schottlands-Wanderwochenende. Thomas hatte uns am Abend reichlich und gut bekocht und wir liessen den Abend gemütlich bei Bier und Feuer ausklingen! Das hatten wir uns verdient. Nachdem wir am Vortag den großen Hirten erwandert haben, wandten wir uns am 05.10 sozusagen unseren Hausbergen zu. Die Mamores lagen direkt vor der Haustür und wir hatten einen unmittelbaren Blick auf Na Gearanach, was soviel wie “Die Mädels” heißt. Auch dieser Tag sollte in mehrfacher Hinsicht erinnerungswürdig bleiben.

Wir sparten uns einige Höhenmeter und fuhren mit den Wagen zur Mamore Lodge, wo wir gegen ein akzeptables Endgelt parken konnten. Vor allem Thomas litt an Knien und Muskeln und da kam jeder gesparte Meter gerade recht. Gut gelaunt und viel wichtiger – bei bestem Wetter – marschierten wir los. Nur Thomas nicht, der schoss los und hatte bald einige hundert Meter zwischen sich und uns gebracht. Irgendwas hatte er wohl gefrühstückt, was wir nicht hatten. Wir nutzen dennoch die Gelegenheit, um die Gegend rund um Kinlochlewen aus anderer Perspektive zu erforschen und betrachten. Der Blick auf Loch Leven war ebenso eindrucksvoll wie die Erscheinung des Blackwater Reservoirs. Nun hieß es aber wieder die Gäule einzufangen und Thomas rechtzeitig darauf hinzuweisen, dass der Weg nicht weiterhin so idyllisch Richtung Loch Eilde Mór mäandern würde, sondern dass auch heute 2 Munros auf den ambitionierten Steiger warteten. Und das hieß – richtig – Anstieg.

Wir querten dann auch das Gelände Richtung Sgor Eilde Beag auf einem ausgezeichneten Stalkers Path, der die steilsten Partien in Serpentinen erschloss. Hier zeigte sich dann, dass Thomas wirklich litt und die Zähne zusammenbeissen musste, um hier zu bestehen. Ein Zustand, der sich den ganzen Tag über leider nicht ändern sollte. Dennoch erreichten wir nach knapp 1,5 h den ersten Gipfel des Tages, den des 956 m hohen Sgor Eilde Beag. Der erste Munro sollte […]

2017-09-19T14:17:07+00:00October 5th, 2008|2008, 2009 - 2000, Loch Linnhe to Loch Ericht|

Carn a’Choire Bhoidheach

Apart from being a very economical way of adding almost two percent of the total tally of 284 Munros to our tick list this tour is also an interesting and entertaining long plateau walk. Since we wanted to do them all in one go we started our tour at the Spittal of Glen Muick. As described in my tour of spring 2001 we climbed the landrover track beside the Allt-na-giubhsaich in fine weather.

At the col above Glen Gelder we took the well engineered path which within maybe half an hour brought us to the col between the Ladder and Meikle Pap. There Frank and I sat on some rocks and looked at the cliffs of Lochnagar. As said before by many people: Great cliffs and a beautiful Loch. Then we and quite a few other people climbed the boulders of the Ladder, crossed some flatter terrain, climbed the final steepening and reached the wide summit plateau. At the summit tor we took a break and checked the indicator.

After having bagged this first Munro we turned south west, descended form the summit and headed for the rounded lump of the White Mounth aka Carn a’Choire Bhoidheach whose summit is marked by a small cairn. Easy walking but nothing exciting. From the top of this second Munro we descended more steeply to regain the path leading over from the Stuic. It skirts Carn an t-Sagairt Beag and in due time lead us to the path that climbs Carn an t-Sagairt Mor our third Munro. At the cairn we sat in the sunshine and in strong wind and took another well-deserved break.

Soon the wind chill drove us on and we retraced our steps heading south east over the grass and moss to Cairn Bannoch. This summit is not much more than some fairly big […]

2017-09-19T14:17:07+00:00May 9th, 2008|2008, 2009 - 2000, Glen Shee to Mount Keen|

Carn an t-Sagairt Mor

Apart from being a very economical way of adding almost two percent of the total tally of 284 Munros to our tick list this tour is also an interesting and entertaining long plateau walk. Since we wanted to do them all in one go we started our tour at the Spittal of Glen Muick. As described in my tour of spring 2001 we climbed the landrover track beside the Allt-na-giubhsaich in fine weather.

At the col above Glen Gelder we took the well engineered path which within maybe half an hour brought us to the col between the Ladder and Meikle Pap. There Frank and I sat on some rocks and looked at the cliffs of Lochnagar. As said before by many people: Great cliffs and a beautiful Loch. Then we and quite a few other people climbed the boulders of the Ladder, crossed some flatter terrain, climbed the final steepening and reached the wide summit plateau. At the summit tor we took a break and checked the indicator.

After having bagged this first Munro we turned south west, descended form the summit and headed for the rounded lump of the White Mounth aka Carn a’Choire Bhoidheach whose summit is marked by a small cairn. Easy walking but nothing exciting. From the top of this second Munro we descended more steeply to regain the path leading over from the Stuic. It skirts Carn an t-Sagairt Beag and in due time lead us to the path that climbs Carn an t-Sagairt Mor our third Munro. At the cairn we sat in the sunshine and in strong wind and took another well-deserved break.

Soon the wind chill drove us on and we retraced our steps heading south east over the grass and moss to Cairn Bannoch. This summit is not much more than some fairly big […]

2017-09-19T14:17:07+00:00May 9th, 2008|2008, 2009 - 2000, Glen Shee to Mount Keen|

Cairn Bannoch

Apart from being a very economical way of adding almost two percent of the totally of 284 Munros to our tick list this tour is also an interesting and entertaining long plateau walk. Since we wanted to do them all in one go we started our tour at the Spittal of Glen Muick. As described in my tour of spring 2001 we climbed the landrover track beside the Allt-na-giubhsaich in fine weather.

At the col above Glen Gelder we took the well engineered path which within maybe half an hour brought us to the col between the Ladder and Meikle Pap. There Frank and I sat on some rocks and looked at the cliffs of Lochnagar. As said before by many people: Great cliffs and a beautiful Loch. Then we and quite a few other people climbed the boulders of the Ladder, crossed some flatter terrain, climbed the final steepening and reached the wide summit plateau. At the summit tor we took a break and checked the indicator.

After having bagged this first Munro we turned south west, descended form the summit and headed for the rounded lump of the White Mounth aka Carn a’Choire Bhoidheach whose summit is marked by a small cairn. Easy walking but nothing exciting. From the top of this second Munro we descended more steeply to regain the path leading over from the Stuic. It skirts Carn an t-Sagairt Beag and in due time lead us to the path that climbs Carn an t-Sagairt Mor our third Munro. At the cairn we sat in the sunshine and in strong wind and took another well-deserved break.

Soon the wind chill drove us on and we retraced our steps heading south east over the grass and moss to Cairn Bannoch. This summit is not much more than some fairly big rocks […]

2017-09-19T14:17:07+00:00May 9th, 2008|2008, 2009 - 2000, Glen Shee to Mount Keen|

Broad Cairn

Apart from being a very economical way of adding almost two percent of the total tally of 284 Munros to our tick list this tour is also an interesting and entertaining long plateau walk. Since we wanted to do them all in one go we started our tour at the Spittal of Glen Muick. As described in my tour of spring 2001 we climbed the landrover track beside the Allt-na-giubhsaich in fine weather.

At the col above Glen Gelder we took the well engineered path which within maybe half an hour brought us to the col between the Ladder and Meikle Pap. There Frank and I sat on some rocks and looked at the cliffs of Lochnagar. As said before by many people: Great cliffs and a beautiful Loch. Then we and quite a few other people climbed the boulders of the Ladder, crossed some flatter terrain, climbed the final steepening and reached the wide summit plateau. At the summit tor we took a break and checked the indicator.

After having bagged this first Munro we turned south west, descended form the summit and headed for the rounded lump of the White Mounth aka Carn a’Choire Bhoidheach whose summit is marked by a small cairn. Easy walking but nothing exciting. From the top of this second Munro we descended more steeply to regain the path leading over from the Stuic. It skirts Carn an t-Sagairt Beag and in due time lead us to the path that climbs Carn an t-Sagairt Mor our third Munro. At the cairn we sat in the sunshine and in strong wind and took another well-deserved break.

Soon the wind chill drove us on and we retraced our steps heading south east over the grass and moss to Cairn Bannoch. This summit is not much more than some fairly big […]

2017-09-19T14:17:07+00:00May 9th, 2008|2008, 2009 - 2000, Glen Shee to Mount Keen|

Beinn a’Bhuird

2008 in Braemar was a very entertaining hiking holiday. We enjoyed a lot of sunshine, rode our bicycles and ticked quite few of the great Cainrgom hills. Among them these two remote and very handsome, big hills. Form Invercauld Estate where we had parked our car we rode our bicycles up Gleann an t-Slugain almost to the ruins of Slugain Lodge. This ride was quite exhausting. The ruins are set in a curious hollow between two slopes which also contains a little lochain.

Once in Glen Quoich we followed a very well-engineered path high above the Quoich water, passed the western slopes of Carn Eag Dhubh and Carn Eas and after the path got steeper passed the boulder called Clach a’Cléirich. In the upper reaches of the corrie there were still many snow fields which also covered the track so that we had the unexpected joy of tip-toeing over snow bridges and crossing large mushy stretches of snow. Then the col between the two Munros was reached and we turned east (right) to climb Ben Avon first. After another one hundred metres of climbing the plateau of this giant hill opened up before us. Vast is a good word to describe the views. After fifteen minutes of walking we climbed the granite tor of Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe from its north side. This was fun and a pleasant change in the days menu of endless steps on grassy plateau. We paused close to the summit of the tor in the broad sunshine. Frank and I had some tea and chatted a bit. Then it became a little cold in the wind so we packed up and headed back to the col between the two hills.

Then on the final fifty metres before reaching the next plateau we had to negotiate a tricky small snowfield […]

2017-09-19T14:17:47+00:00May 8th, 2008|2008, 2009 - 2000, The Cairngorms|

Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe

2008 in Braemar was a very entertaining hiking holiday. We enjoyed a lot of sunshine, rode our bicycles and ticked quite few of the great Cainrgom hills. Among them these two remote and very handsome, big hills. Form Invercauld Estate where we had parked our car we rode our bicycles up Gleann an t-Slugain almost to the ruins of Slugain Lodge. This ride was quite exhausting. The ruins are set in a curious hollow between two slopes which also contains a little lochain.

Once in Glen Quoich we followed a very well-engineered path high above the Quoich water, passed the western slopes of Carn Eag Dhubh and Carn Eas and after the path got steeper passed the boulder called Clach a’Cléirich. In the upper reaches of the corrie there were still many snow fields which also covered the track so that we had the unexpected joy of tip-toeing over snow bridges and crossing large mushy stretches of snow. Then the col between the two Munros was reached and we turned east (right) to climb Ben Avon first. After another one hundred metres of climbing the plateau of this giant hill opened up before us. Vast is a good word to describe the views. After fifteen minutes of walking we climbed the granite tor of Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe from its north side. This was fun and a pleasant change in the days menu of endless steps on grassy plateau. We paused close to the summit of the tor in the broad sunshine. Frank and I had some tea and chatted a bit. Then it became a little cold in the wind so we packed up and headed back to the col between the two hills.

Then on the final fifty metres before reaching the next plateau we had to negotiate a tricky small snowfield […]

2017-09-19T14:17:48+00:00May 8th, 2008|2008, 2009 - 2000, The Cairngorms|

Carn a’Mhaim

How to find better ways to a summit or This time from south. Mike and I had climbed Ben Macdui via Cairn Gorm in September 2002 on a very hot day in late summer. The approach over the plateau by way of Corrie Cas, Ptarmigain Restaurant and Stob Coire an Lochain had been a mixed bag of not so scenic tourist installations and of beautiful landscape before we reached the summit. In 2008, the approach from Deeside proved to be much more satisfying.

Starting at the Linn of Dee we cycled up the easy landrover track by the Lui Water to Derry Lodge where we left the bycicles. We crossed the Derry Burn and walked into the old forrest in Glen Derry with its enchanting atmopshere. The path was well engineered so we slowly but steadily gained some height. Near the northern end of the forrest we saw a big capercaille in a tree. As soon as the animal spotted us it flew down the glen. Great bird and a big one at that!

We recrossed the Derry Burn, continued up the wide and flat glen, took in the views of Derry Cairngom to the left and finally reached the fork in the path where we turned left and headed up Corrie Etchachan. A few minutes before reaching the Hutchinson Memorial Hut we took a break and basked in some sunshine while resting on a rock. Then the hut came into view. This bothy is very nicely situated in the corrie bowl. The corrie has a rather alpine feel about it with a lot of loose scree, rocky walls and only little vegetation. A very quiet and contemplative place and a great location to build a hut.

The next 250 metres in height were quite steep but that was just […]

2017-09-19T14:17:48+00:00May 7th, 2008|2008, 2009 - 2000, The Cairngorms|