Munro Bagging

We have bagged ourselves a Munro!  A Munro is a Scottish mountain over 3000 feet high, and there are 282 of them...and so far we have bagged a whopping TWO of them!  Our first was Mount Keen, our local Munro that we climbed a couple of years ago (couldn't see a thing from the top that day because of thick mist)!  Our second and latest conquest is quite a famous one too, not as famous as Ben Nevis of course, but certainly well known as it was used to calculate the weight of the earth!  Don’t know why, apparently the answer “the earth is very heavy” is not a suitable answer in scientific circles so they have to find a way of calculating it.  All very complicated maths stuff, so let’s get on with talking about our Munro bagging adventure!

Well firstly our adventure very nearly didn't happen! Katherine couldn't find her keys (they were in the kitchen) but eventually we set off towards Aberfeldy and the Munro we were to climb, the special mountain used to work out the earth was very, very heavy, Shielhallion!

We arrived at the back of 9 am raring to go, and set off on our uphill journey. The sun was blazing down and it was a bit on the hot side, we actually started to wish we had got involved in the Active Hound competition to test out one of the Hurtta Cooling Vest after all! We weren't in a rush though and took things easy with plenty of stops for photos and a drink.

A muddy grouse butt provided a lovely cool place to chill out for a bit, we might not have a special Hurtta Cooling Vest but mud certainly makes a good alternative!

We couldn't sit in the grouse butt all day, and eventually we continued on along the very easy to follow path along the ridge of Shiehallion. There is only one distinct path, there is an older path that left a scar across the face of the mountain so a new one was put in place that wouldn't leave such a mark on the Munro. Now the old path, which we think we saw signs of a couple of times, is vanishing beneath the vegetation.  With the clear skies, the views were amazing, though we did sometimes feel we were climbing the wrong mountain...

...over there where the snow is (yup, still snow up there!) looked like it would have been a much better place to go!  But we weren't over there we were over here on Shiehallion and though we saw a tiny patch of snow, we couldn't get to it. So no snow for us today, just the moist peat to cool us down!

We reached the end of the clear path, and between us and the summit was a landscape of hard rocks. To reach the summit, we had to make our way over the rocks, so over the rocks we went! Millie led the way, she is good at picking out paths so following her was a good bet that we would end up on a reasonable route. Even she found it a challenge to find an easy route over the rocks though. Going uphill it was impossible to pick out if a path went any real distance or fizzled out, but Millie found the way forward and we followed!

Less than three hours after we set off, we reached the top of Schiehallion! 

The views around us were amazing!  Unfortunately there is nothing at the top to tell us what we were looking at, but we saw lots of other Munros, Corbetts (hills between 2500-3000 feet) and Grahams (hills between 2000-2500 feet).  

While admiring the views, we enjoyed a nice picnic of tripe sticks and a banana along with a refreshing drink at the top of the mountain. We were in no real hurry so had time to have a welcome rest.

The rocks don’t make the comfiest of beds, but it was better than nothing! After a rest, we posed for some photos at the top of the mountain, you know us by now we love to pose for photos!

Lunch and posing over, it was time to start heading back down. While Millie leads the way up, Fly leads the way down! On the return leg, Fly is always very keen to get back and she picks the easiest route she can find to get her to her destination (which is usually Brum Brum, the car). And there is no hanging around either, need to be quick to keep up! The downward route was much easier than the uphill one with the routes to take much easier to spot among the grey rocks. Though it's not always so easy to spot us dogs...we are both in this photo, but can you see both of us?

Eventually we were back on the clear path (it is the same route up and down the mountain) and heading back down to the car. Home was a two hour drive away, but once home what better to finish off our day than with a nice cold trachea pop?

Perhaps we should explain what a trachea pop’s like an ice lolly for us dogs. Katherine made them for us. She got two raw trachea (windpipe) from a local pet shop, stuffed them with some of our raw mince and froze them for us to have on a hot day!

They were great!  You don’t have to use raw trachea though, you can get it dried or use other fill-able things such as hooves, and you don’t have to use raw mince you can stuff them with whatever you can stuff into them and freeze! A great treat for your dog on a hot day!

Until next time, Kat T, Millie & Fly x


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