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08 - 10 Carn a'Gheoidh, The Cairnwell & Carn Aosda 28.07.09

PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 7:53 pm
by Tenbob
01 Cairngorms signpost with Carn Aosda in background.JPG


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.

02 View of Carn Aosda from Glenshee Ski Centre car park.JPG


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.

05 Beginning of ascent, beneath abandoned ski tow.JPG


Luckily for this little fellow I spotted him before he got a walking pole in his throat!

06 Frog I spotted on ascent, nearly prodded with walking pole!.JPG


The summit of The Cairnwell isn't the most natural you will see on your rounds.

11 Me at the summit Cairn of The Cairnwell.JPG


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.

12 The Cairnwell from the summit Cairn of Carn nan Sac.JPG


Upon leaving Carn nan Sac you pass yet another cairn on your way to Carn a' Gheoidh.

17 Carn a'Gheoidh from 2nd Cairn after Carn nan Sac.JPG


It's just a straightforward walk from here to the summit of Carn a' Gheoidh.

18 Me at summit Cairn of Carn a'Gheoidh.JPG


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.

19 Ridge heading out towards Carn Aosda.JPG


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.

20 Time for tea - The Cairnwell (left) and Carn nan Sac (right) in background.JPG


You get a good view down to the ski centre from Carn Aosda. Not that it is a very pleasant one.

22 View of Glenshee Ski Centre from Carn Aosda.JPG


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!

24 Busted Ski Tow at foot of Carn Aosda.JPG


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.


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Re: 08 - 10 Carn a'Gheoidh, The Cairnwell & Carn Aosda 28.07.09

PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 9:14 pm
by ChrisW
Nice report tenbob and glorious green pics, I was up there last week and really enjoyed it.....why so long before the post? :D

Re: 08 - 10 Carn a'Gheoidh, The Cairnwell & Carn Aosda 28.07.09

PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 11:48 am
by Tenbob
ChrisW wrote:.....why so long before the post? :D


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.

Re: 08 - 10 Carn a'Gheoidh, The Cairnwell & Carn Aosda 28.07.09

PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:36 pm
by mojomcl
Thanks for this - I'm thinking of doing these during the Tomintoul Walking Festival, and knew I'd find more details of the route on here :) On one hand, I don't know if I'm ready for Munros, on the other hand, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger :lol: Hence thinking of doing it with more experienced walkers.
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....

Re: 08 - 10 Carn a'Gheoidh, The Cairnwell & Carn Aosda 28.07.09

PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:08 pm
by ChrisW
Hi mojo - thanks for the kind comments on my report for this route, the best way to get the route ascent profile is to look at the 'official' WH report for the walk and scroll to the bottom of the page where there is a very handy graph, have a squint here http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/cairngorms/cairnwell.shtml

Re: 08 - 10 Carn a'Gheoidh, The Cairnwell & Carn Aosda 28.07.09

PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:53 pm
by Tenbob
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!

Re: 08 - 10 Carn a'Gheoidh, The Cairnwell & Carn Aosda 28.07.09

PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:41 pm
by mojomcl
Thanks both - September is the festival, so I'm working on my fitness in anticipation ;o)