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Glenshee Nine

Glenshee Nine

Postby Scotshiker » Tue May 17, 2011 4:28 pm

Munros included on this walk: Cairn of Claise, Càrn a' Ghèoidh, Càrn an Tuirc, Càrn Aosda, Creag Leacach, Glas Maol, The Cairnwell, Tolmount, Tom Buidhe

Date walked: 14/05/2011

Distance: 37 km

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We had planned to do the eastern side of Glenshee on the Saturday and then the 3 on the western side on the Sunday. We drove to Glenshee Friday night and pitched tent near the carpack
IMG_0026 Creag Leacach behind.jpg
at Creag Leacach & Meall Gorm, we woke to completely miserable weather, it was raining all through the night and very windy so we did a weather check and decided to switch plans and do the western 3 first. We headed out around 11.30am on the ascend up to Carn Aosda summit and reached the summit around 12.40
IMG_0038 Carn Aosda (3008ft).jpg
IMG_0060 Me at Summit of Carn Aosda (3008ft).jpg
IMG_0055 Derek at Summit of Carn Aosda (3008ft).jpg
Panoramic (45-50).jpg
. This area is so scarred by mans touch, every where you look you see the damaged caused. We head off again to our 2nd Munro of the day Carn a' Geoidh, the weather started to get worse although it was already miserable. It was raining, sunny(for very short periods), hail stones, misty and windy and cold. We reached the summit of Carn a' Geoidh around 2.30pm
IMG_0109 Derek at Carn a' Gheoidh (3199ft) summit.jpg
IMG_0115 Me at Carn a' Gheoidh (3199ft) summit.jpg
Panoramic (45-50).jpg
had a wee break then headed over to The Cairnwell. The last time we tried to ascend this 1 was back in 09 and the wind was so strong that we could hardly walk and never reached the summit but headed back down due to safety.
IMG_0163 The Cairnwell summit (3061ft).jpg
IMG_0145 Rainbow.jpg
DSCN2087 Me on descent of The Cairnwell.jpg
We reached the summit took a few pics and headed straight down towards the carpark as we were soaked through and cold. Next day we started on our hike of the eastern 6 Munros of Glenshee,
IMG_0179 Carn an Tuirc (3343ft).jpg
we left the carpark area at base of Cairn an Tuirc around 8.30am and reached the summit around 9.45
IMG_0184 Me at Carn an Tuirc Summit (3343ft).jpg
IMG_0182 Derek at Carn an Tuirc Summit (3343ft).jpg
, the weather was just as bad as the day before - cold, wet, dull and miserable. We had decided to do the 6 because this was our 3rd time in this area and both previous hikes were failures to reach summits due to severe weather conditions and we did'nt want to come back again. We headed over to Tolmount and arrived at the summit around 11.00am
DSCN2110 Me at Tolmount summit (3143ft).jpg
DSCN2108 Derek at Tolmount summit (3143ft).jpg
and crossed over to Tom Buidhe and reached it's summit around 12.00
DSCN2112 Derek at Tom Buidhe summit (3140ft).jpg
DSCN2115 Me at Tom Buidhe summit (3140ft).jpg
. We did'nt get to many photo opportunities due to the weather and low cloud cover. We took a wee break here and then head over and up towards Cairn of Claise which was under cloud cover and so we were using a GPS unit and memorymaps quite a lot at this point
IMG_0229 Wall on Cairn of Claise and summit marker.jpg
. We reached Cairn of Claise summit around 1.00pm
DSCN2123 Derek at Cairn of Claise summit (3491ft).jpg
IMG_0236 Me at Cairn of Claise summit (3491ft).jpg
. We wish the weather had been kinder to us for photos. We set off towards Glas Maol again using the GPS unit due to poor visabilty because of low clouds/mist & rain. We took a lunch break at Glas Maol summit
DSCN2130 Derek at Glas Maol Summit (3504ft).jpg
IMG_0246 Me at Glas Maol Summit (3504ft).jpg
which we reached at 2.30pm then head for our last Munro of the day Creag Leacach, it's rather boulder on here and the rocks were a bit slippy due to all the water going around and for most of the time we were surrounded by clouds/mist
DSCN2143 Low cloudmist on Creag Leacach.jpg
. We reached the summit around 3.30pm
IMG_0249 Derek at Creag Leach Summit (3238ft).jpg
and desend via the bealach between Creag Leacach and Meall Gorm and had the wonderfull walk back up the steep road and down to the carpark near Carn an Tuirc. The Cairnwell looks quite impressive from Meall Gorm. Although it was not such a good weekend for photos it was for us as we had completed the Glenshee nine.
IMG_0251 Me at Creag Leach Summit (3238ft).jpg
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Re: Glenshee Nine

Postby kevsbald » Tue May 17, 2011 8:18 pm

Affa weel done :clap:
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Re: Glenshee Nine

Postby ChrisW » Tue May 17, 2011 8:34 pm

That's a great effort guys, well done for sticking with it irrespective of the weather. You got some great pics on day one :D

What's with 'Derek the destroyer' on the summit of Carn Aosda :lol: or does he just like to carry big rocks about :D
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Re: Glenshee Nine

Postby monty » Tue May 17, 2011 9:14 pm

Good effort guys. The weather has not been the best lately. Its a bit of a bleak flat landscape if the truth be told so not the most photogenic anyway. Well done :D

Re: Glenshee Nine

Postby rockhopper » Tue May 17, 2011 9:27 pm

Great pity about the weather but well done all the same :D

Walked these hills myself only a couple of weeks ago - got lucky with the weather for once - what a difference it makes 8)

What you really need for the photos of the cairns is a mosaic :wink: :wink: :lol:
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Re: Glenshee Nine

Postby andyroog » Tue May 17, 2011 9:52 pm

Well done guys excellent report glenshee rocks :D
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