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cairnwell, winter wonderland

cairnwell, winter wonderland


Postby tony.cee » Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:27 pm

Route description: The Cairnwell Munros

Munros included on this walk: Carn a'Gheoidh, Carn Aosda, The Cairnwell

Date walked: 05/01/2012

Time taken: 4.5 hours

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on Thursday the the 5th, with both myself and my mucker home from offshore, id decided i had to get out and up the hills to some degree. we both fancied a bit of winter wilderness, but being inexperienced, we decided not to venture too far from safety. the cairnwell munros seemed perfect, the weather forecast was good, apart from the high winds on the summits. we set out from aberdoom at 6;30 and arrived at glenshee for around 8. the snow was dinging down and we simply had to wait until it calmed. at around 9am it did just that. we followed the walk by the walkhighlands walkthrough, as i always do, except there were no paths, and any resembling paths were actually deep areas of powder snow ready to suck you in and humiliate you infront of the smug skiers and snowboarders who glided past us up aided by the lifts. at this point we convinced ourselves we were of supreme stock and ski lifts are for the lazy.pfft. an hour and a half of cursing ,skiers, powder snow ,wind, thatcher and what ever else we saw fit to moan about, we reached the peak of carn Aosda, with amazing views and equally amazing winds. we didnt spend long up top for fear of having our clothing blown off , so we headed off towards Carn a'Gheoidh, it soon became apparent that we wouldnt be bagging this munro, the wind and visibility were poor and we wernt confident enough to venture into it, instead we slugged on to the summit of the cairnwell, not the best summit, but with snow capped hills for as far as i could see, the cold war era radar outcrop didnt spoil the views.ish. we headed down as the crow flies and home safely. great day in all.

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cairnwell
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battle to the cairnwell
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me trying to look the part
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ice build up
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at the top looking towards the cairnwell
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sun coming through
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clearing up
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into the abyss
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the outlook was grim to begin with
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new boots!
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Re: cairnwell, winter wonderland

Postby yokehead » Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:53 pm

Seems as if that was a great choice to get your hand in given those conditions - very well done in persevering. It looks great! :D 8) Yeah you do look the part! :lol:

Photos do justice to the weather, love the battle shown in 'clearing up'(!) and the amount of rime ice on the fenceposts. 8)
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Re: cairnwell, winter wonderland

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:02 pm

Read your Buck report also and looks like two good hard days you had. I like the boots, they're exactly like mine :D . I'm not sure if the photo with crampons attached is how you wore them, if so i think they may be strapped wrongly. I think the crampon strap should come across the front of the boot at the bottom of the tongue, i'd check the diagram that came with the crampons to make sure.
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Re: cairnwell, winter wonderland

Postby tony.cee » Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:07 pm

cheers folks, just figured out how to upload pics, so no doubt il be reporting on trips to the shops and all now. :lol: .
as for the crampons, il look again at how to put them on, i merely threw them on as best as i thought for photo purposes. cant wait to actually use them. two brilliant days on the hills, im itching to get out again, the weather says rain on sunday tho.
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Re: cairnwell, winter wonderland

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:01 pm

I'll put a photo up of mine tomorrow to give you an idea if you like, i just mine are on the right way :)
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Re: cairnwell, winter wonderland

Postby tony.cee » Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:04 pm

that would be more helpful than the instructions iv got. cheers. :D
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Re: cairnwell, winter wonderland

Postby SMRussell » Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:59 pm

Winter Cairnwell reports always make me wish we'd hadn't bagged these in the summer - they look so much better covered in the white stuff.
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Re: cairnwell, winter wonderland

Postby mrssanta » Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:42 pm

love the fence picture
SMRussell wrote:Winter Cairnwell reports always make me wish we'd hadn't bagged these in the summer - they look so much better covered in the white stuff.

you'll just have to go back :D
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Re: cairnwell, winter wonderland

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:55 am

Here is my crampons attached to the boots, i hope this helps and secondly i hope mine are on the correct way :D I have worn them on a few occasions and never had any problems.

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Re: cairnwell, winter wonderland

Postby Alastair S » Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:58 am

Good effort Tony. Looks challenging - but its good to have a nice challenge ever now & then :thumbup:

Johnny Corbett wrote:Here is my crampons attached to the boots, i hope this helps

I think you may confuse the man Johnny. Your bindings are the Classic while Tony has the New Matic. The latter doesn't have the strap over the front of the ankle. May have to post a pic of mine now :lol:
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Re: cairnwell, winter wonderland

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:22 am

I think you may confuse the man Johnny. Your bindings are the Classic while Tony has the New Matic. The latter doesn't have the strap over the front of the ankle. May have to post a pic of mine now :lol:[/quote]

Yes i see that Alastair, i notice the New Matic has the higher heel section to stop the boot slipping out hence no requirement for strap to go round the front. Cheers :)
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Re: cairnwell, winter wonderland

Postby Alastair S » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:37 pm

Grivel New Matic binding:
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Looks like Tony has got it right - the half hitch is just to keep the end of the strap out off the way. I took a few inches off my strap when I got them.
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Re: cairnwell, winter wonderland

Postby tony.cee » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:10 am

cheers anyway folks, appreciate the time taken to go and take pics and load them etc. the one thing about the crampons is there abit much excess strap, could do with a trim.
anyway, uploading some other pics from the other day off my mates camera phone, some absolute belters.
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Re: cairnwell, winter wonderland

Postby spiderwebb » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:36 am

Love the last pic ! :lol:

I've got same crampons and boots and you were right first time, the New matic simply has one strap which goes through the front bale and into the locking clip, nothing goes over the tongue area.

It can be worth cutting the spare strap a little, making sure you have enough to be able to loop it in when first doing up, as it does need tucking out the way. That said I havn't cut mine yet !

having used mine in anger I can confirm they are a great fit and feel secure and easy to do up with one hand ! :D
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Re: cairnwell, winter wonderland

Postby Fudgie » Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:50 pm

That last picture is a belter :D I've been tempted to get new crampons but the old pair I have at the moment are very easy to tie (when I put them on the right feet that is :D )
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