MUNRO ADVENTURE 2015 DAY 46 ( 15th JUNE ) Bothy Bound Again – Geal Charn

Geal Charn – 926 metres Munro 260 “the white hill”

Geal Charn

Geal Charn

Returned home last night after getting news that Shona was in hospital after a horse riding accident shes got a stable fracture on her lower spine, it’s the second time she’s done this 2003 being the last time , hill-walking is definitely safer , she’s determined that I carry on with my adventure . I paid her a visit in the morning before heading off to Laggen and up the narrow road to park at Garva Bridge, it was clear skies above and quite warm , as it was just a quick up and down route it was done in shorts and tee shirt , the track all the way was extremely dry underfoot and trainers on the feet were fine , followed the river and then a stream before heading up the heathery ridge and the final stony plateau to the summit cairn which is the best feature of the hill . Reversed the route and was back at the van in 2hrs 30 mins. Had a brew before heading to Kingussie for fish and chips for tea. Now for the second part of the day , drove to Dalwhinnie and parked beside the station, packed a rucksack with just a sleeping bag mat small stove kettle and hill food for the next day (and penny’s food of course) travelling light I suppose you would call that. Got on the bike and a pleasant cycle along the estate road past all the beautiful granite buildings with Loch Ericht always in view on the left, a steep climb and out into the open countryside with Ben Alders snowy corrie in full view.

Beinn Alder and Culra

Beinn Alder and Culra

Just before Loch Pattack I took a single track which eventually followed the river and a good bridge to arrive at Culra Bothy, it had warnings all over it DO NOT USE ASBESTOS PRESENT . The doors were open and I was quite happy to take the risk to stay for the night and accept the consequences if any occurred , it was now 9 pm so a cup of tea and head down listening to the rain on the roof, hopefully it clears by the morning.

Today’s totals:17.77mls,772m ascent.4hrs 6mins

134 Munros to date.

All my love to Shona get well soon from Heavy xxx

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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