Log 12 Oct 2008

GLENSHEE ROUND 12 OCTOBER 2008

KOON'S 100TH MUNRO

Ten members (Jim, Shirley, Ian, Noelle, Koon, Kevin, Mervyn, Donald, Ian, and Laurence) set off at 7.00am for Glenshee. The forecast was for reasonable conditions, bearing in mind the torrential rain recently, with some sunshine expected, perhaps some cloud, and occasional 20 - 40mph winds.

Donald and Kevin were dropped of en route, while the other eight decided to go on the same route covering 4 Munros to the east of the A93, parking just north of the ski area. It was chilly as we set off at 10.00 for the short climb to CARN AN TUIRC. The wind picked up, and combined with the low temperatures we all had the first taste of oncoming winter conditions. By 12.00 we were on TOLMOUNT and a welcome lunch stop. Clear skies gave us views in all directions while we ate and drank. A mixture of clouds, clear skies, and a cool wind accompanied us as we quickly descended and re-ascended to TOM BUIDHE.

On ward to CARN OF CLAISE, where a guard of honour greeted Koon on her 100th Munro - well done Koon. Mervyn introduced us to his version of the MMC initiation ceremony - the Turkey Trot (embarrassing photos to follow) and this was followed by a group turkey trot across the ridge (extremely embarrassing photos to follow!)

We sighted a multi-point stag just below the ridge followed by a herd of approx 40 deer silhouetted against the sky line. A steep grass slope took us down to the stream were Jim decided to dislocate and relocate his finger all in one go.  Back to the cars for 4.00, we collected Kevin, and met with Donald at the Bridge of Cally Inn.  Beer, tales of encounters, and an entertaining journey home for 7.30pm.

Report by Laurence Archer