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Glenshee 4 - My annual target achieved in August!

Glenshee 4 - My annual target achieved in August!


Postby BlackPanther » Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:39 pm

Route description: Glas Maol Munros circuit, Cairnwell Pass

Munros included on this walk: Cairn of Claise, Carn an Tuirc, Tolmount, Tom Buidhe

Date walked: 20/08/2011

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 20 km

Ascent: 1030m

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I remember one January day when I sat down with a notebook and my "Munros to-do" list, trying to estimate, how many and which mountains I would like to climb in 2011. Of course, so much depends on the weather, arranging days off, finances (rising petrol prices :? ) and other unpredictable circumstances, so it is hardly possible to say, how much will we be able to conquer.
Having previously done an average number of 8 Munros per year, I set myself realistic targets. Starting from 25, I would call it an OK year if by December I reach 40, and an excellent one if I manage 50...
And here I am, in the middle of August with 51 Munros ticked, pinching myself :D :D :D
I must admit I've become a bit obsessed with mountains. Half way through every week I scroll over all available weather forecasts to check which area is going to have the best conditions and which hill is the most interesting to tackle. By Friday I usually have at least 3 different options prepared - and if weather gets bad I get grumpy. Symptoms of an illness known as Munroclimbus crazus??? :lol: :lol:
Last weekend wasn't any different. Weather looked so-so but I was still desperate to run away from civilization. The area we chose together with Kevin was supposed to be the sunniest bit of Scotland on Saturday. It didn't look like it when we were approaching Braemar, fortunately clouds dispersed quite quickly (it was a windy day) and we had a lovely, long walk in Glenshee - not to mention that we both added 4 more Munros to our lists :D

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The whole circuit is 20km with about a 1000m of ascent, which is not much if you bare in mind that you will walk over 4 Munro tops. Statistically it only takes 250m of ascent per Munro :lol: :lol: The best starting point is a small car park just by the two footbridges over the stream called Allt a Garbh-choire, but it was full when we arrived (it takes over 2 hours to drive all the way down from Inverness) so we left our car at a layby nearby and walked the short distance to the crossing. We walked over the old stone bridge and followed a slightly boggy path along Allt a Garbh-choire, into the glen and towards the shapely cone of our first target Munro, Cairn an Tuirc.
The approach to Cairn an Tuirc from the car park:
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The peak of Sron na Gaoithe and the new bridge:
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A proper mountain stream:
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Walking along the stream towards the slopes of Cairn an Tuirc:
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A nice waterfall:
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As we started climbing the side of the mountain, the path divided with one branch heading NE around the hill and another, steeper and boggier one going straight up the bouldery slope. We chose the latter option and I must say, it was an OK climb despite of a few loose stones to go over :D
Looking back from the slopes of Cairn an Tuirc:
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Black Panther in her element again :lol: :lol:
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Almost there:
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Looking NE from the slope:
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After a couple of hours we reached the summit of Cairn an Tuirc. It was windy and the wind had a bit of cold edge so the shelter on the top came very handy:
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The whole summit area is very rocky:
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After a short break and a snack on the summit we continued across the grassy plateau to Cairn of Claise, the second Munro.This one has a distinctive cairn on the summit:
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Views NE towards White Mounth Munros:
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One of many mountain hares:
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The stone wall by the summit of Cairn of Claise:
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Clouds gathering on the south-western side:
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...but looking north, some blue sky still remains:
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From Cairn of Claise it was a straightforward walk to Tolmount and Tom Buidhe. We were careful to stay close to more distinctive tracks and paths, as they took us safely through the field of peat hags.
Tom Buidhe and the peat hags:
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Tolmount (to the right) and more peat hags!
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Looking down towards Glen Callater with even more boggy ground!
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Approaching the third Munro of the day, Tolmount:
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Ruins in the middle of nowhere?
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Cairn an Tuirc from the west:
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The summit cairn of Tolmount - my annual target of 50 achieved!
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We spent some time at the top of Tolmount, wandering around the summit, gazing down to Glen Callater and Corrie Loch Kander:
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Glen Doll:
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Eventually, we started walking down from Tolmount down to the col leading to the next summit, but as we were half way down we realized we left our walking poles behind! So Kevin rushed back to the Tolmount cairn to retrieve them :lol:
Munro No. 4 disappointed us - it was hardly more than a bump on the plateau with a small cairn. Nevertheless, views around were splendid - weather towards the end of the day was improving, most clouds were gone - and we had a good taste of the wilderness at its best.
Tolmount from the approach to Tom Buidhe:
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The summit cairn:
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Driesh and Mayar from Tom Buidhe:
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Soon it was time to walk back across the wet plateau to Cairn of Claise, but before we got there we were again given some great mountain views with blue sky above:
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Do we really have to go?...
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Sadly, we do... can't stay here forever!
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The return route was via Cairn of Claise, where we picked a prominent track across the grassy ground which took us around the side of Garbh-Choire. Later we turned to a faint path along the shoulder of Sron na Gaoithe:
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Weather was simply gorgeous now and we managed to get some good shots back to Cairn of Claise and Cairn an Tuirc:
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The panorama:
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One more pano:
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As we approached Sron na Gaoithe, we noticed a large herd of deer crossing the ridge in front of us. We stopped and simply watched them running - there must have been over a hundred of them - you can see some of them passing in a long line in the center of this photo:
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Close-up:
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The final step of our trip was the descent down from Sgor na Gaoithe. The path disappeared and going down the grassy slope was quite steep and wet:
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We happily overcame the last obstacle and found ourselves back by the two bridges:
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The final crossing:
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It was a shame that we run out of time - it would be possible to add two more Munros to this route making it a 6-a-day :lol: Unfortunately, as we only started our walk about midday, we had to give up on that idea. Nevertheless, it was another great outing. These hills may not have the "wow" factor of Torridon or Assynt, but they give you a good opportunity to hide away from civilization and get lost in the middle of nowhere :D
Last edited by BlackPanther on Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:38 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Glenshee 4 - My annual target achieved in August!

Postby Stretch » Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:21 pm

Congrats on reaching your set target for the year BP. Now go for 75!

I saw a ridiculous amount of deer up near Tom Buihde last fall, must have been over 100 in the herd. Guess they don't move far :lol:
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Re: Glenshee 4 - My annual target achieved in August!

Postby jonny616 » Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:32 pm

Great pics

You had the best of the day. I was up there on saturday started from the lower car park having left two in the upper one. We started at 9am & the weather was not good.

Glad you enjoyed your day.

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Jonny
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Re: Glenshee 4 - My annual target achieved in August!

Postby Frogwell » Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:48 pm

Good to see what I missed anyway. I started doing these four last Monday after all the weather forecasts promised a decent day with high clouds, lots of sunshine and only the slight possible of the occasional passing shower. That actually translated to a decent day with high clouds, some sunshine and a couple f spots of rain, until I got to the first summit, at which point the rain came down in buckets with the low cloud not far behind. I sat in that very same shelter on Cairn an Tuirc waiting for things to brighten up so I could enjoy the wide open spaces and big skies that the Cairngorms do so well. After half an hour of getting soaked later and headed back to the car in a foul mood and swore and grumbled all the way home.
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Re: Glenshee 4 - My annual target achieved in August!

Postby kevsbald » Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:50 pm

Lovely golden colours of Autumn almost upon us. I call it the Munro-monster - it can only be caged up before it becomes dangerous and must be let out.....Raaaaaaaaaaaarrrr
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Re: Glenshee 4 - My annual target achieved in August!

Postby ndhudson » Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:59 pm

Hey BP! :wave: Looks like a great day out, and it sounds like you've got mountain fever! I too seem to have this illness you call Munroclimbus Crazus. Probably a good thing I work from home...otherwise, I'm sure my boss would not be happy with my daily internet activity! :lol: Huge congrats on your achievement!!! What kind of target are you going to set for next year? Another 25 or maybe 35?

Keep 'em coming! :D
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Re: Glenshee 4 - My annual target achieved in August!

Postby gammy leg walker » Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:27 pm

Great set of pics BP,good to see what that area looks like,did 4 in the clag a few weeks ago
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Re: Glenshee 4 - My annual target achieved in August!

Postby Alastair S » Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:44 pm

Great set of piccies there BP - looks like a great day out. And congrats on the 50.

Did pretty much the same route (with the addition of Glas Maol) a couple of years ago - still my highest number of Munros in a day. With the imminent demise of the Fisherfield 6 looks like the south Glen Shiel ridge is my only chance to better this.
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Re: Glenshee 4 - My annual target achieved in August!

Postby rockhopper » Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:41 pm

Well done on your 50 and some great photos into the bargain :thumbup: I went east as well last Saturday as the weather was supposed to be better, but not far enough ! Looks like you made the right decision :D
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Re: Glenshee 4 - My annual target achieved in August!

Postby Bod » Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:00 am

Very well done BP! Superb efforts.....my wife Valerie hit her year's Target this summer too, and she assesses throughout the week as well. Ain't our wee country just magnificent.....cheers the noo
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