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Culardoch pass, Carn Liath fail

Culardoch pass, Carn Liath fail


Postby tony.cee » Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:44 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Culardoch

Date walked: 21/01/2012

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Ascent: 900m

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Arived at keiloch car park at around 8;30am, the drive through from Aberdoom didnt fill me with confidence, lashing rain in parts and death skies. it wasnt until i had passed ballater that things brightened up remarkably. MWIS weather forecast was nt too bad, i expected snow showers and around 30 minutes in, the snow began to fall gently, even if only for 30minutes. i continued along the landrover track following the print off from walkhighlands.com. soon Carn Liath came into view, looking at the map, i couldn't see anything that resembled a path or a cairn to turn off, probably due to the being snow covered. even so, it didn't look inviting, with what appeared to be deep areas of snow scattered over the hill. The weather was perfect, albeit bit windy. i continued along the landrover track still looking for a possible route up Carn Liath. Soon Culardoch came into view, a far more inviting looking hill with only a minimal amount of snow. I made the decision then that i would only attempt culardoch and Carn Liath could wait, i havnt the experience, expertise or company to attempt something im not totally sure of. Reaching the summit of Culardoch, the wind was absolutely terrifying, the ferociousnesses was incredible. i hid behind the cairn and tried to get some pictures of snow capped Ben Avon. i wasted no time in getting back down and finding an area to rest. as i headed out, the storm clouds gathered, the snow began to fall and within 10 minutes, the hills were consumed. almost as if nature let me in and out safely before turning the hills back into a formidable place. i only wonder how different it could have been if i forced myself up Carn Liath and taken longer. i am far from the expert and would have struggled to get back to where i started in an absolute whiteout.

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turning off the track
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Carn Liath
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Culardoch
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looking towards lochnager
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summit
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homeward
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Re: Culardoch pass, Carn Liath fail

Postby Huck Finn » Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:34 pm

Good report, your weather mirrored the weather we had yesterday, the wind was fierce, but strangly really enjoyable :D
I enjoyed your pics as well :thumbup:
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Re: Culardoch pass, Carn Liath fail

Postby tony.cee » Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:19 pm

cheers. it would have been a perfect day if it wasnt for the sheer force of the wind. terrifying stuff. i reckon my next purchase will be a new camera. the camera phone has its limitations to say the least.
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Re: Culardoch pass, Carn Liath fail

Postby LeithySuburbs » Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:44 pm

Cheers for that :) . Looking forward to these (both hopefully ;) ).
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Re: Culardoch pass, Carn Liath fail

Postby Bod » Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:53 pm

Nice one tony.cee, very nice....that's one for me to think about when I return to my teenage stomping grounds.....cheers the noo :D
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