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Ben Macdui and Cairngorm via loch Avon

Ben Macdui and Cairngorm via loch Avon


Postby pigeon » Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:22 pm

Route description: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm

Munros included on this walk: Ben Macdui, Cairn Gorm

Date walked: 24/09/2011

Time taken: 6.75 hours

Distance: 20.5 km

Ascent: 1350m

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Back to the cairngorms for me ,Ian and Jake for some unfinished business,the plan was macdui and derry cairngorm which we were supposed to climb a few weeks back and maybe also do cairn gorm as well.So we set of at 8 sharp on the path up macdui from the ski centre.
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nice high start
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It's a good high start from here and we were making good progress when we spotted a reindeer on the hill in the distance
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The beast soon shot off and we thought that would be the last we would see of it when it returned with it's mates and headed right down the hill toward us
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The herd came down to within about 10 yards of us to check us out before heading of back up the hill ,took loads of pics and then continued on up the path and got to the macdui summit in about 2 hours
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lairig ghrudown there somewhere
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ian and jake on ben macdui
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The wind was blowing hard up here so it was on with a brew in one of the shelters before heading towards derry.Could see derry cairngorm in the distance and came to the conclusion of NO.We changed our plan and began thinking about beinn mhheadhoin instead
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loch etchachan
Of course when we got to the bottom of that hill we binned that plan as well :lol:
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crags over loch avon
So we kept on down the path to the shelter stone and loch avon
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shelter stone?
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ian getting his feet wet
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Glad we came down this way ,it's a right quiet place also got a good laugh at ian trying to cross the burn :lol:A quick bite to eat and then up the rocky pat of the coire raibert
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jake in the coire raibert
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It's quite a steep climb up here over some slippy rocks but we were soon up on flatter ground and on our way to cairn gorm
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cairn gorm cairn
Quite a few folk milling about on the summit so just a quick pic and then headed down the path to the ski centre for a pint :thumbup: Another great day ,never quite achieved what we set out to do but still a great walk and decent weather if a bit windy(mwis spot on today)bring on the next one :D
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the wee choo choo train
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Re: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm via loch Avon

Postby Mountainlove » Sun Sep 25, 2011 12:40 am

Wow seing the raindeer must have been great!!! Knew they were up there but didnt realized you could get that close :-)
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Re: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm via loch Avon

Postby Yipyipcoyote » Sun Sep 25, 2011 6:52 am

Great report. The scenery in the centre of the Cairngorms is very dramatic but is seldom seen.
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Re: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm via loch Avon

Postby Ian Bayne » Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:35 pm

Great report Dave Another good day out photos on the ball jakes a poser next photos might be a Charlie vid
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Re: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm via loch Avon

Postby taylor94 » Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:09 pm

Looks good I might be doing Ben Macdui when I do the cairngorms in november any advice you got? Like the photos the one with the river looks like a battle promo man vs water lol
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Re: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm via loch Avon

Postby rockhopper » Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:07 pm

Just love this whole area of Loch Etchachan and Loch Avon. You looked a bit puggled on Cairngorm :lol: - the wind does get to you after a while and the rocky climbs can be tricky - cheers

PS got a bit confused by the title and hills including Derry Cairngorm as opposed to Cairngorm :?
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Re: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm via loch Avon

Postby monty » Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:10 pm

Superb walk in the best are the Cairngorms has to offer. Well done :D
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Re: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm via loch Avon

Postby pigeon » Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:20 pm

Mountainlove wrote:Wow seing the raindeer must have been great!!! Knew they were up there but didnt realized you could get that close :-)
Aye they seem pretty tame Mountainlove ,think they were after our sandwiches :lol:
Yipyipcoyote wrote:Great report. The scenery in the centre of the Cairngorms is very dramatic but is seldom seen.
Very true yipyip,we had only seen 2 guys all day until we came up from coire raibert then it was pretty busy on cairngorm even a wedding going on at theptarmigan station :?
taylor94 wrote:Looks good I might be doing Ben Macdui when I do the cairngorms in november any advice you got? Like the photos the one with the river looks like a battle promo man vs water lol
Taylor,not sure how much hill walking you have done and i'm no expert myself but the weather in the cairngorms in november could be pretty harsh,on a good day the walk out to ben macdui would give you no real problems but in november there's every chance of snow,high winds and low clouds so take care man,hope i've no put you off :D
rockhopper wrote:Just love this whole area of Loch Etchachan and Loch Avon. You looked a bit puggled on Cairngorm :lol: - the wind does get to you after a while and the rocky climbs can be tricky - cheers

PS got a bit confused by the title and hills including Derry Cairngorm as opposed to Cairngorm :?
Cheers rockhopper and monty P.S well done on spotting the deliberate mistake rockhopper :lol:
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Re: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm via loch Avon

Postby pollyh33 » Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:32 pm

Cracking report again Pigeon!!!

Can't believe how close those reindeer came to you!!! Must have been fantastic seeing them. We were up the two Loch Lochy munros at the weekend and saw nothing!!!!

Well done, loved it!

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Re: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm via loch Avon

Postby pigeon » Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:50 pm

pollyh33 wrote:Cracking report again Pigeon!!!

Can't believe how close those reindeer came to you!!! Must have been fantastic seeing them. We were up the two Loch Lochy munros at the weekend and saw nothing!!!!

Well done, loved it!

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Shame about Loch Lochy Polly,get up them Cairngorms early doors and you might see the reindeer herd,would imagine they go into hiding once it gets a bit busier
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Re: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm via loch Avon

Postby pollyh33 » Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:53 am

So where's your next adventure Pigeon?
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Re: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm via loch Avon

Postby pigeon » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:20 am

Saturday ,possibly glen etive ,need to have a commitee meeting first :lol:
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Re: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm via loch Avon

Postby ChrisW » Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:54 am

Great report Pigeon, love the 'attempt to run across water' pics - we've all tried it.......once :lol:
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Re: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm via loch Avon

Postby malky_c » Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:55 am

Nice route variation on the return leg. I haven't spent nearly enough time around Loch Avon, so always good to see some photos 8)
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