Off to Arctic Sarek

Sounds a like a great trip…

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On Saturday afternoon a bus will deposit Chrissie and myself at the end of the road at Kvikkjokk, above the Arctic Circle. From there we will head into the wilds of Sarek for a week, exploring some of its hidden valleys and exposed plateaus. I went to Sarek last year on a longer trek, visiting some of the more popular through routes. This trip is shorter but potentially more committing, a bit more off the beaten track and climbing to 1200 metres. The planned route is 94 kilometres. There is no plan B.

I have spent the last couple of weeks tracing our route on Google Earth, from which you can pull photographs that have been submitted. The photos below are bang on our route, in chronological order. Just looking at them is giving me butterflies, both of nerves and excitement.

Please note that these photos are not mine but taken…

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TGO Challenge 2015: Day 2

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Falls of Glomach to Loch Affric

Distance: 17.8km
Ascent: 269m

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The weather forecast for Saturday was for good weather and we weren’t disappointed. The main decision for me was whether to stick with my intended route over the north Affric ridge or take my FWA along Gleann Gaorsaic. There was still quite a lot of snow up high. It seemed a bit of a risk to attempt the ridge without an ice axe or crampons, so I decided to take the low road.

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The morning sunshine dried off our tents. Before leaving our pitch I wandered a hundred metres downstream to take a photo of a waterfall. We followed the Allt Coire lochain for about 500m then struck south down Gleann Gaorsaic.

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Gleann Gaorsaic has a bad reputation as a boggy hell. However, on a sunny day, it was no worse (or…

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The llama in shadow, 10/11/14

A sobering read

not really a llama

“…he fell from the high place and broke the mountainside where he smote it in his ruin.”

JRR Tolkien, The Two Towers

It’s a dreich November morning in the Lakes and I’ve chosen Cam Crag (a grade 2 scramble) as a route up Glaramara because:

  1. I’ve done the route half a dozen times and I know the line. I can navigate from Langstrathdale to the summit and back down into Borrowdale even in low visibility (which is what this morning brings).
  2. It really is dreich, but I know the route is well within my limits. The geology is good, grippy, volcanic rock that I can trust even in the wet.

I park just past Stonethwaite school and follow the road into the village, whence it becomes a farm track running up into Langtsrathdale. It’s pleasant (if damp) going, winding up through old woodland, mist-shrouded and hung with moss. Where Stonethwaite…

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AND IN OTHER NEWS I LOST MY DSLR ON BEN VANE YESTERDAY 😦    BUT ON RETURN HOME FOUND I’D BEEN PICKED TO BE A TRAIL AMBASSADOR FOR GOSSAMEAR GEAR,FROM THE USA …WILL TRY AND DO A BLOG TOMORROW WITH PHONE PICS I HAVE

Sept 14……. Lees first trip to the Cairngorms,me ive had a few trips here…..but need more

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It was moist for a while

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Day 3 heading back to car park

 

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Dodgy duo

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Ive had a few good camps int Gorms but this was a belter,it had been a long day and we couldnt find a nice spot out of the wind then 5 mins later found this great spot….nice and high still too

So a good friend Lee taylor needed some more Munros for his growing collection so i planned a rough trip for us                                                                .DSC_0004 (853x1280) DSC_0011 (1280x853) DSC_0016 (853x1280) DSC_0018 (1280x853) DSC_0020 (1280x853) DSC_0022 (1280x853) DSC_0024 (853x1280) DSC_0025 (1280x853) DSC_0027 (1280x853) DSC_0028 (1280x853)We parked the car at ski station and got a taxi down to feshie,near the old eco house,a reasonable £20 DSC_0030 (1280x853) DSC_0035 (1280x853) DSC_0036 (1280x853) DSC_0037 (1280x853) DSC_0038 (1280x853) DSC_0039 (1280x853) DSC_0041 (1280x853) DSC_0043 (1280x853) DSC_0046 (1280x853) DSC_0049 (1280x853) DSC_0055 (1280x853) DSC_0056 (853x1280) DSC_0060 (1280x853) DSC_0065 (1280x853) DSC_0066 (1280x853) DSC_0068 (1280x853) DSC_0069 (1280x853) DSC_0071 (1280x853) DSC_0072 (1280x853) DSC_0077 (1280x853) DSC_0079 (853x1280) DSC_0081 (1280x853) DSC_0083 (1280x853) DSC_0086 (1280x853) DSC_0089 (1280x853) DSC_0094 (1280x853)

Heres a link to the map                                                                                                  http://www.shareyouradventure.com/map/51745/munro277/A-stroll-between-camps-in-the-Cairngorms