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08 - 10 Carn a'Gheoidh, The Cairnwell & Carn Aosda 28.07.09
by Tenbob » Mon May 23, 2011 7:53 pm
Route description: The Cairnwell Munros
Munros included on this walk: Carn a'Gheoidh, Carn Aosda, The Cairnwell
Date walked: 28/07/2009
Time taken: 4.75 hours
Distance: 11.8 km
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Browsing my Munro guidebook for my next foray into the hills I decided to head for Glen Shee, an area of Scotland I hadn't been anywhere near. The book gave the horror description of the Glen Shee ski centre development but the blow was softened when I read that with the car being parked at an altitude of 675m, the summit of these Munro's were to be had with very little effort.
I left the car park and headed behind the ski centre buildings to the abandoned ski tow and followed this to the path which leads to The Cairnwell.
Luckily for this little fellow I spotted him before he got a walking pole in his throat!
The summit of The Cairnwell isn't the most natural you will see on your rounds.
Next on the agenda was Carn a' Gheoidh, simply retrace your steps back to the top of the abandoned ski tow then follow the path which skirts round the corrie to Carn nan Sac. You will notice I forgot to include this on my map at the end of the post. It's just a small deviation from the way to Carn a Gheoidh.
Upon leaving Carn nan Sac you pass yet another cairn on your way to Carn a' Gheoidh.
It's just a straightforward walk from here to the summit of Carn a' Gheoidh.
Final push for the day and onto Carn Aosda, which is in the far centre of the next shot. Bulldozed track and ski tow runs can clearly be seen like deeply gouged scars.
The way to Carn Aosda is very straightforward. Follow the path round the corrie then detour NE and join the track which leads to the stony summit of Carn Aosda, and, for me it's time to get the trangia on the go and have a cup of tea and bite to eat.
You get a good view down to the ski centre from Carn Aosda. Not that it is a very pleasant one.
You can choose the track to make your way back to the car park but I chose to walk down past the second ski tow. Passing something which surely cannot still be in use - looks like some sort of obscene torture device!
Apart from the obvious eyesore that this walk brings it was still very enjoyable. When you get past the ski paraphernalia and onto Carn a' Gheoidh it feels as remote as many other Munro's.
by ChrisW » Mon May 23, 2011 9:14 pm
by Tenbob » Tue May 24, 2011 11:48 am
ChrisW wrote:.....why so long before the post?
Because I'm a lazy son bitch when it comes to walk reports. As you can see by my Munro tally I have quite a few to get through, hoping that at some point I will catch up and be able to write up a report in the same week I have completed a walk.
by mojomcl » Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:36 pm
Maybe a daft question, but how steep are the climbs? I'm noticing that the height of the summits is no indication of the severity of the ascent....
by ChrisW » Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:08 pm
by Tenbob » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:53 pm
mojomcl wrote:Thanks for this - I'm thinking of doing these during the Tomintoul Walking Festival.......... how steep are the climbs? I'm noticing that the height of the summits is no indication of the severity of the ascent....
Hi mojo, only just noticed you replied to my thread. I don't know if the Tomintoul festival has happened yet and if you have tackled these munro's yet but fear not, they are not steep at all. The route took me just under 5 hours but I had quite a few stops for photo's, food & water. Have fun!
by mojomcl » Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:41 pm