With my knee still waiting to be fixed and being determined to get back into the mountains (OCD keeping the other OCD at bay - see below posts for explanation) I turned to my mountain bike as a means of getting away. The poor summer weather was fine as it meant I wasn't missing too much but this glorious Autumn weather has seen me getting frustrated looking at all the social media pictures from the TGO!! Having successfully cycled up Glen Almond and the knee surviving I had my plans set on another Glen I hadn't been to for some years (embarrassing as its only 30 minutes away!!!). Glen Tilt. 10 years previously (17th April 2005) I had cycled almost to the summit of Carn a' Chlamain reaching the summit before 9am according to my notes. It had taken me only 2 hours so I thought this was a good objective for this outing. A nice easy munro. I have written a little below about my rushing, but I was well behind schedule when I left the car at 1630, should have ben leaving at least 1-2 hrs before this time. I wanted to camp near the summit but as you can see from the film I got to about 700m and not a bad spot for a camp. The weather wasn't too great for sunset shots but I got a nice treat in the morning! It was also pitch black! the moon was in its earliest phase and it was rather cloudy. Amazing how much light the stars and moon provide and how much darker it is when they are not present!!! The stags roared all night too, another memorable thing about this trip:) Anyway pre dawn till I got back to the car were amazing (will let you watch the film as opposed to me writing more drivel here ;) Film below:
Section of walk report from WH report
Rushing : Sneeking in a Wild Camp and Bike n (small) hike
Rushing – too get to Blair Atholl (due to family commitments J)– eventually left car about 16.40….
Rushing – to get to pitch site before dark (failed pitched at dusk on shoulder- no too shabby though….)
Rushing – to get summit sunrise …(failed due to gammy knee and claggy summit;)
Rushing - to get camera set up (batteries needed changing due to cold drain) some passable shots…
Rushing – to get drone up over summit clag (limited success as I phone battery died- lesson learnt)
Rushing - to strike camp (failed – views were too good to take eyes off!)
Rushing – to get home for family commitments (passed – just…..)
Okay- so above text is (meant to be ) very tongue in cheek… Had a great tip, away from the dead batteries, broken drone propellers (and bruised cut hand- another story ;), I phone draining, gammy knees and back breaking push of heavy bike – there was also, spectacular sunrises, temperature inversions, standing above the cloud, blue skies, blazing sun, clearing mists, superb visibility, roaring stags, great Mountain bike free wheel almost all the way back, wild life aplenty, beautiful scenery, roaring river, autumnal forests……….. Highland Perthshire. Cracking wee peak Carn a’ Chlamain- hopefully not leave it ten years before another visit J Some pictures below
Some thoughts and reports from my outdoors activties...