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Ben Macdui and Derry Cairngorm

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:02 pm
by Stug
The alarm goes off at 4.15am and I wearily slip out of bed.
I'm picking Doug and Sean up in Dundee at 5.30, so I stumble about the kitchen making some porridge and a cup of tea, then put the final bits and pieces in my pack.
Today we are climbing a big one.......Ben Macdui along with Derry Cairngorm!!
I drive through to Dundee, pick up Doug and Sean and we hit the road.
1.5hrs later we arrive at the Linn of Dee car park and wait for Ian (Winks to his friends).
After a while we are geared up and start the fairly long walk firstly through the forest and then following the burn towards the Derry Lodge.


We decide to scale Ben Macdui first so we cross the Derry Burn and head left up Glen Luibeg
Soon we can see Sron Riach in the distance and we cross the burn again and start the long, long trek up



We keep going as the temp drops and the snow appears on the ground.
After a wee stop for a cup of coffee/tea and get ready for the final push up to the summit of Ben Macdui
Sean the Ninja

The going gets tough as the big stones and boulders (covered in snow) make our muscles ache but the views just get better and better.


At last we reach the summit in an artic like wilderness, and stop for a break and something to eat and drink.


We head back down slightly and have a peek over the Coire Sputan Dearg cliffs for some great views.




We head down towards Creagan a'Choire Etchachan and I manage to catch a rainbow in the bleak looking distance.

We slip around the side of Creagan a'Choire Etchachan and carry on towards Derry Cairngorm with our legs growing heavier and heavier by the minute!!
The sun makes an appearance and the scenery around us looks awesome.


We stumble our way up to the summit and Doug and his weary legs pose for a photo.

We make our way back down in to the pine forest again and are glad to be off those damn stones and boulders! :D

We pass by Derry lodge and make the seemingly endless trudge back to the car again.
Great walk and we all enjoyed it and the weather was fairly kind to us, so all round a great day!! :thumbup:

Re: Ben Macdui and Derry Cairngorm

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:41 pm
by RicKamila
Cant wait until the day we gather up the courage to go hillwalking in winter. As nice as May-October is for us, this just looks amazing. Thanks for sharing :)

Re: Ben Macdui and Derry Cairngorm

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:04 pm
by macq23
Great report!! Those stones and boulders at Derry Cairngorm sure are something else, really tested my aching legs and that was in nice summer weather as well!! :lol:

Re: Ben Macdui and Derry Cairngorm

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:14 pm
by Alastair S
Nice one Stug. I probably just missed you at the Linn of Dee as I set off on my bike around 8am and didn't pass anyone on the track up to Glen Derry. You also got they timing spot on as there was still a bit of clag hanging around Ben Macdui around noon (when I was up Derry Cairngorm) but it cleared around 1pm. I also got some photos of the same rainbow. A bike is a godsend for the return from Derry Lodge. I'd never mange these bit days without it (in my dotage :lol: )

Re: Ben Macdui and Derry Cairngorm

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:37 pm
by Tomsie
The views over from Beinn Bhreac was stunning

Re: Ben Macdui and Derry Cairngorm

PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:46 pm
by bobscottsbothy
Great photos stug.alias gt

Re: Ben Macdui and Derry Cairngorm

PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:30 pm
by Stug
bobscottsbothy wrote:Great photos stug.alias gt

Ahh....the one and only GT!!

Thanks mate!