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Cairngorms overnighter - Derry Cairngorm and Beinn Mheadhoin

Cairngorms overnighter - Derry Cairngorm and Beinn Mheadhoin


Postby ikt68 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:42 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Mheadhoin, Derry Cairngorm

Date walked: 11/06/2011

Distance: 27 km

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Day off on Friday, weather forecast iffy but since a day off work is not to be wasted decided to go for an overnighter in the Cairngorms. Had originally planned to do Beinn Mheadhoin and camp at Loch Etchachan as we set off about 10 from the Cairngorm ski centre car park.

Followed the ski road up to beyond the pump hut before cutting off right on a clear path to climb the right hand side of Coire Cas to a large cairn.

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From there we headed south under Cairngorm to the start of Coire Raibert. The path was loose and rocky in places and a bit tricky with a large pack.
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When we reached Loch Avon and headed round towards the western end, there were a few small beaches. Deciding this looked like a good place to camp (and being glad to lose the extra weight) we pitched up here about midday.
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After lunch we headed up toward Loch Etchachan.
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The climb up to Beinn Mheadhoin was pretty steep and I was beginning to flag a bit by now. Was worth the effort as the granite tors came into view though.

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We then retraced our steps back the way we had came to Loch Etchahcan.
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I was against doing Derry Cairngorm initially, but we'd had a good day so far,and since DC would be my 50th thought it would be a great hill to reach that milestone. So off we went over Creagan a Choire Etchachan towards DC.

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We had great views over to the Lairig Ghru munros.
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Then the long way back to Loch Avon for boil in the bag and bed for about 9pm. We had a tiny bit of rain, but overall a very dry day.

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Awake at 5 the next day, freezing cold. Soon warmed up with the climb up Coire Raibert.
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Back down a very misty Coire Cas to get back to the car for 8am. Coffee at the bakers then the drive south.

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Great weekend!

Iain
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Last edited by ikt68 on Sat Jun 11, 2011 6:31 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Cairngorms overnighter - Derry Cairngorm and Beinn Mheadhoin

Postby skuk007 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:47 pm

Congrats on the 50 milestone :clap:
Can't see the images, all I see is a red box?
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Re: Cairngorms overnighter - Derry Cairngorm and Beinn Mheadhoin

Postby Scotjamie » Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:04 pm

good report and would love to see the pics but likewise I can see only red boxes instead of images
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Re: Cairngorms overnighter - Derry Cairngorm and Beinn Mheadhoin

Postby ikt68 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:18 pm

Have started to move pics over to different host - will complete later - hope this works. Sorry!
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Re: Cairngorms overnighter - Derry Cairngorm and Beinn Mheadhoin

Postby HighlandSC » Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:30 pm

Most pics are working now. I think snapfish hosted pics has caused people problems before for some reason.

Good trip :) It's a great area that I've been at a couple of times- still want to do Beinn Mheadhoin though and will likely overnight similar to you guys.
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Re: Cairngorms overnighter - Derry Cairngorm and Beinn Mheadhoin

Postby ikt68 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 6:33 pm

Think that should be the pics fixed now. Could have been me being a luddite, but will avoid Snapfish in future just in case! Thanks
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Re: Cairngorms overnighter - Derry Cairngorm and Beinn Mheadhoin

Postby Alastair S » Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:46 pm

Pics all look good to me :D Super report from a great area. Great spot you got for your pitch.
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Re: Cairngorms overnighter - Derry Cairngorm and Beinn Mheadhoin

Postby Gable Gable End » Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:04 pm

nice report and pics; Also like the look of the spot too :)
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