There and back again, a Jordan’s tale – Munro Running!

Munro – Glas Maol   Munro – Creag Leacach   Corbett – Monamenach

The Route!

The Map!
The Map!
Elevation Profile from my Garmin!
Elevation Profile from my Garmin!


Lets Get Going!

Starting from Auchavan in Glen Isla I ran up the glen past Tulcan Lodge before heading directly up the ridge of Monega with good views over to the Snowy Creag Leacach to the west. After a hard climb up to the summit I was met with amazing views of the glen and spectacular view of the mountains fading away into the distance.

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Running Monega at the distant side of the Glen!
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Thats the hill!

Summit of Monega!
Summit of Monega!

From Monega summit I went west following the edge of the cliffs to the top of Little Glas Maol before heading NW directly to the stone trig point and shelter cairn at the top of Glas Maol, the first Munro at 1068 meters. More amazing Views of the Cairngorms Stretching out ahead!

Beautiful scenes!
Beautiful scenes!
MOUNTAINS!
MOUNTAINS!
Big Drop
Big Drop
people skiing were i'm about to run up!
people skiing were i’m about to head up!
Glas Maol Summit! (Munro Number 1)
Glas Maol Summit! (Munro Number 1)

From Glas Maol I ran down and up the impressive ridge to ascend to the icy summit of Creag Leacach at 987metres. This section of the run offered some of the most challenging climb due to the ice and snow!

The Ridge to Creag Leacach!
The Ridge to Creag Leacach!
On the Ridge!
On the Ridge!

Creag Leacach Summit (2nd Munro!)
Creag Leacach Summit (2nd Munro!)
View from the summit!
View from the summit!

Continuing along the ridge of the Creag Leacach summit, I reached Carn Ait before heading SE up the broad ridge then heading east. Old fence post’s marked a track leading from the bealach to Mallrenheskein and then down again to the low point, Easter Glacanbuidhe. These descents taught a useful lesson… It IS possible to ski in running shoes! haha!

The Route Ahead! Folow that wall!
The Route Ahead! Folow that wall!
Carn Ait Summit!
Carn Ait Summit!

Carn Ait  posin
Carn Ait posin

The climb up to Black Hill was made very difficult due to the peat Hags/ bogs. A lot of jumping from tuft of grass to stone is required! From the summit I went ESE and then SE following the fence posts to descend to Glack of Glengairney before the final steep ascent to the summit of Monamenach (Corbett).

The tough final climb!
The tough final climb!
A look back at my route!
A look back at my route!
Made it! Monamenach
Made it! Monamenach

This final section felt a bit brutal at the end of the day. However it was worth it to find myself suddenly at the summit and I was rewarded with incredible views in every direction.  The decent  (most of the snow was gone down here!) followed Glack Burn right the way down to the start point and a well earned picnic!

Keeping the Hobbit theme alive!
Keeping the Hobbit theme alive!

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