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Cairnwell Pass to Lochnagar
by mrssanta » Sat Oct 01, 2011 5:18 pm
Munros included on this walk: Broad Cairn, Cairn Bannoch, Cairn of Claise, Carn a' Choire Bhoidheach, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Carn an Tuirc, Creag Leacach, Glas Maol, Lochnagar, Tolmount, Tom Buidhe
Date walked: 03/07/2011
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We started off for Creag Leacach and enjoyed the walk along the ridge which in places felt very much like being in the Dales where I grew up - only higher and bigger views.
Reached the top at 9.40pm and had a bit of a narrow escape - we were just undoing the clothing either side of the cairn to have a celebratory leak on the top when someone appeared in the gloaming coming up the ridge from the south - It was an antipodean gentleman who had navigated up there using Google maps on his iphone and was wondering where we could recommend he go the following day.
Next stop Glas Maol where we passed the gentleman who had set off at the same time as us, settling down in his bivi just off the top. what a fabulous spot.
We decided to go a bit further on and camp where we could look into glen Isla and get the sunrise. We watched a great herd of deer browsing on the hillside, and there were loads of hares. not very good at the wildlife photography I'm afraid, you just have to believe me.
Next morning sadly there wasnt a sunrise to see for 2 reasons, 1 we were asleep and 2 there was a bit of early morning mist but that didnt take long to burn off and by 9.30am we were on the top of the next munro which was Carn of Claise.
from here the pictures are a bit boring as they are mostly of us on the tops of munros, me with my red embarrassing trousers and jacket (but they are very light and the jacket was very reduced in a sale!)
After Carn of Claise came Carn an Tuirc, then a long trek across the moor to Tom Buidhe then Tolmount where we decided it was time for lunch. we were going a lot faster than we expected and were really pleased with ourselves, the weather was lovely and I was keeping up with himself because of my new shiny walking poles.
From Tolmount there was a lovely bit of down and up to get to Broad Cairn, where we had an interesting demonstration of different ways to find the top - either use your eyes and the map, or use the pre-entered grid references on the GPS, taken off the map. Here's the OH trying to find the top of broad cairn with the modern technology.
I must add here that most of them were pretty close, but this one was quite a way off!!
The circle of munros around the head of Glen Muick was great with dramatic views down to Lock Muick. Next after Broad Cairn was Cairn Bannoch and then Carn an t-sagairt Mor where we were fascinated by all the bits of the old plane that were strewn about the hillside.
From there on to Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach at 4.30pm and by this time we were thinking we might finish our two nighter with only one night out, but having arranged to be met at loch Muick the next evening we had to work out what to do next. Fortunately on the top of Lochnagar we got a phone signal and phoned the folks in Aboyne, where after a bit of discussion we decided we'd stay out the second night and meet them at lunch time for our pick up.
by the time we got to the top of Lochnagar it was starting to close in a bit with some rather sinister dark clouds and strong wind. we decided to go down into the corrie and see if there was a suitable campsite there.
Actually there isn't really, but having gone all the way down, we didnt feel like going back up again so we camped on the only flattish spot we could find.
they don't call it dark lochnagar for nothing
So we had another night of camping, with the wind coming from the south, over the top of Lochnagar and eddying round into our tent.
In the morning we decided to take the longer route round to Glas Allt Mor by a very boggy and poorly maintained stalkers path, but enjoyed a lovely walk along the shores of loch Muick to the visitor centre where it wasn't long before our lift back to the car arrived with some lovely filled rolls for a picnic lunch.
by ChrisW » Sat Oct 01, 2011 7:38 pm
by mrssanta » Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:58 pm
by ChrisW » Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:55 pm
mrssanta wrote:thanks Chris, yes we did, can be a bit of a problem for us ladies if the hills are busy!
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by pollyh33 » Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:10 pm
What an outing, I'm so jealous
Sounds as if the actual ascents are straightforward, is this true?
As for the wee problem. If you want to summon up company on a hill, start unzipping your trousers and folk will appear from nowhere!!!
by mrssanta » Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:03 pm
We don't get out in the hills that often, as we live in England, so we like to get an overnighter when we can. Thank you Grandparents!
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