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