Overnighter in the Southern Cairngorms from Glen Feshie
by rockhopper » Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:42 pm
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Bhrotain, Cairn Toul, Carn a'Mhaim, Monadh Mor, Mullach Clach a'Bhlair, Sgor an Lochain Uaine, Sgor Gaoith, The Devil's Point
Date walked: 01/08/2011
Time taken: 23 hours
Distance: 59 km
Ascent: 3400m6 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Approx time incl stops: 23hrs
Approx distance: 59km
Approx ascent: 3,400m
Parked early in the usual car park just north of Auchlean in Glen Feshie. The weather wasn’t looking too promising for today but was supposed to improve for tomorrow.
GPS track - reduced to 500 waypoints for WH
Walked down the road to Auchlean and then continued down the track past the woods to the east of the river.
The usual approach is to continue down past the ruined Carnachuin bridge then take the main track east but I’d planned a “short cut” heading SE just after the trees ended. If the weather had been better I think could have gone via Coire Garbhlach but the mist was down with no views into the corrie.
Headed SW towards the Allt then steeply up the side of Meall nan Sleac.
Looking back to Glen Feshie
With only the occasional stop/start tracks and deep heather, this route was probably shorter in distance but not time- may be just as well to go the usual way.
Got to the top of Meall nan Sleac but couldn’t see the top of Mullach Clach a Bhlair.
Picked up the main track and then diverted off to the top of Mullach Clach a Bhlair
As the clag and mist were down I decided to use as much of the main tracks as possible so as not to get lost. Followed the track NE via Moine Mhor to Allt Sgairnich.
There was the odd clearing in the clag but then it closed over again – didn’t get to see much.
Over the top of Tom Dubh
And then up the easy slopes towards Monadh Mor – some views opening up intermittently
Not much of a view at the summit of Monadh Mor
Set of SE towards Beinn Bhrotain – lot of boulders to cross on its ascent but there was a strange “standing stone” on the skyline towards which I could head – picture of it as I passed it
Then on to the summit trig point of Beinn Bhrotain
I’d originally planned then to head east and follow the Coachan Roibidh down to Glen Dee (thanks to Border Reiver who helped with my query). However, on passing at the head of Coire Cath nam Fionh it looked as though I could go that way instead.
So, retraced my steps taking a detour to avoid the worst of the boulders down Beinn Bhrotain and headed back to the head of Coire Cath nam Fionh, dropped steeply down the corrie and followed the Allt into Glen Geusachan.
Part way down the view to The Devil’s Point opened up
I then followed the Geuseachan Burn down the glen initially on its south bank then crossed to the north. It was hard going with lots of ups and downs and I suspect it may have been easier to follow on the south bank.
Eventually rounded to head north under the Devil’s Point
Headed up to Corrour Bothy where I cooked my dinner as it was now late afternoon.
Met a father and son who were walking the Lairig Ghru. Had a long chat while I made my dinner. There the only two in the bothy and I thought about staying. However, I was planning a very early start and it wouldn’t have been fair to waken them that early so I decided to camp out. Turned out to be not the nest of decisions...midges again !
Found it hard getting a decent spot but eventually set up the tent close to the river. Left my rucksack and headed off towards Carn a’ Mhaim. Initially it looked OK so I headed steeply up its SW side..then the clag came down and I couldn’t see anything.
Carn a’ Mhaim summit cairn with no view at all
Due to the low cloud and clag I decided not to try the direct descent so took a longer way back down towards Glen Luibeg. The light was getting low by this time with The Devil’s Point looking menacing in the gloom.
The wind dropped completely over night. When I went out the tent at 4am I was hit by the largest cloud of midges I’ve ever seen. Bad idea wearing shorts – must’ve had over 100 bites on each leg. Jumped back into the tent, DEET can out and that held them at bay. Dead midges everywhere.
Had an early breakfast and then decamped with my headnet on. The DEET seemed to be working.
Over the bridge and headed towards The Devil’s Point.
Nice track up the hillside with views back to Carn a’ Mhaim
Got to the top with the views opening up all round – still quite early
Could see clearly where I was going next so headed back down to the top of Coire Odhar before starting up towards the 1,213m mark.
Cairn Toul ahead
Ridge up towards Cairn Toul
With views back to Carn a’ Mhaim
Not difficult getting to the top of Cairn Toul
With more views around
The Angel’s Peak looked an easy walk – headed down to get a view of Lochan Uaine
Before heading up the Angel’s Peak
And the summit cairn
View over to Braeriach
I now contemplated the return walk westwards. It hadn’t taken long to cover the first three hills since leaving the Lairig Ghru but the next bit would be harder. Headed westwards hoping to pick up a track at the head of Coire Dhondail but with no real success. Then followed a lot of ups and downs through the moraines south of Gleann Eanaich.
Not much of a view to Loch Einich
View towards Sgor Gaoith
Managed to find a track round the SW top of the corrie leading up to Sgor Gaoith. Clag still down so couldn’t see much.
Menacing in the mist
Got to the summit and met two other walkers with their dog.
Mist didn’t look like clearing to I headed off back to the car. Over Carn Ban Mor and then back down the usual track. Seemed a very long way but the track was good.
Cleared a bit as I got down towards Glen Feshie
Had promised to be back for dinner and made it back to Coylumbridge later afternoon. Weather hadn’t been too bad all things considered. Want to revisit this area again but in clearer weather (with some wind to keep away the midges).
by soulminer » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:25 pm
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by pigeon » Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:23 pm
by dooterbang » Thu Aug 11, 2011 8:53 pm
Havnt done these yet either so gives me ideas.
We seem to be in the same areas just weeks/days apart.
Aye you've certainly got that bug again
by Graeme D » Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:05 am
by lomondwalkers » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:43 am
by rockhopper » Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:26 pm
I think they like going for my varicose veins as an easy optionlomondwalkers wrote:100 bites on each leg My wee sparra legs would be reduced to skin and bone after that
by Alastair S » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:43 pm
I too saw that "standing stone” on the west flank of Bienn Bhrotain. It looked to me that someone had put the stone in this position and then packed rocks round its base to keep it upright.
As for the b****** midges they are the main reason I don't go on our walking club meets to the west coast during the summer. We still get them here in the east but [usually] not in so great a number. Looks like this has been an exceptionally bad year for this blight.
by jonny616 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:28 pm
Slow down though, only back in January your count was similar to mine