Forfar & District
The club is beginning to introduce a partial programme of meets and events. Latest Mountaineering Scotland guidelines can be found here.
The scheduled Bike and Hike meet for June 2020 was to Glen Ey. So 12 months on, we’ve decided to finally carry it out.
I’ve been up Beinn Iutharn Mhor a few times now, in all sorts of conditions, but I’ve never followed the proposed route for this Sunday.
The weather forecast for Sunday is good!
The plan is to cycle up Glen Ey. It’s 9km (and 230m ascent) to the ruined Altanour Lodge. We had a camp there 6 years ago or so, where we walked in, set up camp and climbed An Socach with lots of snow around. Then bailed out early next day due to the weather.
I actually think we can cycle a bit past the lodge. However if we were to leave the bikes there, we would head for Loch nan Eun, but climb to the NE ridge of Beinn Iutharn Beag (963m), a Munro Top, then head SW to Mam nan Carn (986m), another Munro Top, then turn north in a horseshoe to reach Beinn Iutharn Mhor (1045m). The descent takes us down the NE ridge and back to the bikes. Walk 13km, 770m ascent.
See overview map.
See walking map.
As I said, I think the cycling might be up to 2km longer and the walking 2km less. Probably take an hour or so to cycle in, 5 to 6 hours for the walk and 30 minutes to cycle out downhill!
The problem will be parking. Reports are that car parks fill up rapidly in that area. And MS guidelines don’t recommend car sharing. I propose that we meet at Inverey car park at 08:00. That means leaving Forfar area around 06:30. For those that don’t know, Inverey is on the road from Braemar to Linn o’ Dee. (NO 090893).
Note we are following Mountaineering Scotland Guidelines for Covid-19. You should have received an email from me with details.
Colin, Meet Secretary
Bob Railton has made 6 blue tit, and 2 open bird boxes made out of marine ply, which should last a very long time. He's selling them for £5 each, and any monies would go to club funds.
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