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My Sisters first and 2nd Munro Ben MacDhui and Cairngorm
by Ray Mackay » Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:03 pm
Route description: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm
Munros included on this walk: Ben Macdui, Cairn Gorm
Date walked: 22/04/2011
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 17.5 km
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So this report also includes 2 walks like i say but more Importantly, it includes my sisters first Munro, Ben MacDhui, and her second 'Cairngorm' thought may as well whilst we are up there,when in Rome and all that, I was so glad that I was there with her as I knew what the feeling was like standing at the summit of your first Munro, and I was chuffed to be there to experience that feeling with her,
But I'll start with the Lairig Ghru, which is a walk my sister Isla (HeelenGal) always wanted to do, growing up in Aviemore and moving away she never got round to it, I had walked it from Linn of Dee when I was 12 for the annual Rotary Club sponsored walk with an uncle and to be fair always knew i would do it again some day,
Isla got her taste for the hills living in North Wales and has walked a couple of the 'Welsh Munro's' so the occasion arose when she visited home for a few days and she had arranged for a few of her friends to tag along and to make a day of it and that is was, there was no hurry, plenty of time to stop, eat, hydrate take in the views and catch up with the banter and most importantly, have a good old laugh
Also arranged for a couple of friends to take us through from Aviemore to Linn of Dee so we could finish in Aviemore so we wouldn't have the long journey back after a good walk in the hills (thanks Peter and Charlie) and just as well we did as we had a bit of a casualty in Eilidh who REALLY struggled with the last few miles with the very last one she was almost crawling to the finish, which was part of the day being such a success and an achievement for some,
Onto the Isla's next visit and her first Munro, Ben Macdhui, the warm April spell was perfect timing as Isla had been building up her excitement for a couple of months and I was trying to contain that excitement as April is normally still cold with lots of snow and winter walking equipment normally a requirement, but April past there was uncannily warm with most of the snow melting in just over a week, beautiful blue bird blue sky day, perfect timing,
we were up and I had made us all the obligatory Munro Baggers Brekkie, big bowl of porridge, great start to the day, jumped in the car and headed up the 'Gorms' to the Corie Cas car park, got our boots on and started walking, 9 oclock on an April's morning and we were walking up the hills in T-shirts and shorts, weird, anyway well prepared as I am a bit of a wimp and always get cold on the summits when i stop walking,
Of we trundled up Coire an Lochan past patches of snow and ptarmigans shedding their winter foliage up over the top of Coire an Lochan there was a fair head on breeze but still wasn't cold, it was a fairly uneventful and easy going walk up to the summit of Ben MacDhuie
HeelenGal chuffed to have 'bagged' her first Munro but she said that she found it much easier going than she thought it would be, and that's where i told her that she might be standing on the top of the second highest mountain in Britain but the hardest part was yet to come,
I had allready planned the circular route round and down past Loch Etchachan and down into the Loch A'an bowl and to show her and Martin the shelter stone crag and to sign the visitors book that has been a new edition since i was there last, and then up Coire Raibert to 'Bag' Cairngorm before the easy stroll back down to the car.
so that's exactly what we did, strolled down past Loch Etchachan and down into the Loch A'an basin before stopping for lunch at the shelter stone and a few photo's before setting off again,This was to prove the hardest part for HeelGal, crossing the river of fresh snow melt that feeds Loch A'an, but with a little encouragement she jumped across with little hesitation and only one wet foot to boot,
On the other hand Martin didn't need any encouragement at all when he pipes up "I'm going for a swim, do you fancy it," "are you mental" I asked "That water is fresh snow melt and is freezing", but turns out it's quite a common thing for him to do when walking in the hills of Wales so here's the photo to prove it, hardy Welshman..
Then the start of the accent up Coire Raibeirt beckoned, and as many of you know, it's a steep Coire where hands are needed in places, this was to prove a little trickier for my sister and as we exited the Coire at the top she was showing signs of tiredness, from here I pointed out the top of Cairngorm for her second Munro and that spurred her on to the summit,
the summit was awash with people on the guided walk from the funicular top station and there were a few straggler skiers and snowboarders that were jostling for what little snow there was left, just the descent down to the car park to go and we chose the man made path that goes down the east side of the Coire Cas along the side of Sron an Aonaich which turned out to be really slippy on the loose stones in many places, was easier and safer to walk to the side of the path which is fround upon i know on the Cairngorms
So 2 in the bag and back to the house in Aviemore where the weather was still beautifl and the first BBQ of the year was had, as well as many a bottle of fizzy and many a bottle of beer, great day out, my love for the Cairngorms grew another bit stronger
And please walkhighlands can we have a bigger limit than 25 attachments, i could have put over 50 on this one, but saying that it was reporting 2 walks
by JGKES » Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:01 pm
by Ray Mackay » Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:55 pm
JGKES wrote:Superb weather,great report and pictures.The stone direction indicators found on summits or viewpoints are called toposcopes.I did MacDhui in 1978 and !981;the walk across the plateau from Carn Lochan seems much longer than it looks on the ground.Deceptive.The 78 trip was at Whitsuntide but my walk journal tells me there was considerable expanse of soft snow on the slopes of MacDhui.I found it a long but straightforward ascent-just my kind of Munro- but conditions were good.I believe it's a different proposition in bad weather.Not a bad bag for your sister's first Munro!I hope I get your weather on a trip to Glenshee in a fortnight's time.
ah so they are called toposcopes, seen a couple of them now, another on Lochnagar and another somewhere else but i dont recall, need to look through photo's, thanks for letting me know, you first climbed Macdhui when i was only 4....hope i'm walking the hills for many years to come, was a bit of a late starter, only started 2 years ago, but got the bug bad now
by Morag M » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:48 pm
by JGKES » Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:46 pm
by HeelanGal » Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:10 pm
Honestly bro, i've read heaps of reports on this site & yours are my VERY favourite, there are some LOVELY people leaving comments too
RIGHT ~ Next trip home (Aviemore) at the end of next month i shall return to North Wales & write my FIRST blog, might need your help though
EVERYONE i've shown this too has thoroughly enjoyed it Mr Mackay ~ We ALL look forward to your next walk
Your Sista Loves Ya xxx
by Holly » Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:19 pm
by Paul Webster » Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:41 pm
by Ray Mackay » Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:01 pm
but it's never too late, Valmer1965 (my neighbour and fellow Munro bagger) his dad only started this year,(macbean12) and he is 71 and has bagged 10 Munro's allready, and some of them after a round of golf, hat's off to him.
I wrote on my first Munro report that the addiction is growing to the point where i am writing the reports now instead of just ticking my red balloons to make them go blue
but even now reading the feedback from everybody i feel my addiction getting worse, i think walkhighlands may turn into being my walking facebook social networking site, and by the way Paul, your site IS the only one that i bother with, too many jumping on the bandwagon in my opinion
So Sis, which Munro do you want to do next in July when you are up, and by the way, "Gagging to go Bagging" is now my favourite quote
Thanks again to JGKES, Morag, Holly and Paul for your kind feedback, i look forward to interacting more on the site, i feel part of it now
by HeelanGal » Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:30 am
by pollyh33 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:28 pm
by walk aboot » Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:06 pm
Ben MacDhui is my favourite hill I've still to do (if that makes sense) and I'd love to swim in a loch/an but so far I've been too feart brrr