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Cracking day in Glenshee, but who ate all the snow
by weescotsman » Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:12 am
Route description: The Cairnwell Munros
Munros included on this walk: Carn a'Gheoidh, Carn Aosda, The Cairnwell
Date walked: 21/03/2012
Time taken: 4 hours
Distance: 11.5 km
Ascent: 595mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Steepest part of the whole day was right at the beginning onto Carn Aosda but even my poor legs made it up there in an hour. Came close to a couple of Ptarmigans which didn't seem overly bothered about me taking a couple of photo's from less than 10 yards away....
Days like this really make me love Scotland even more than I already do when you have such a panorama, I just visualised that all the ski tow gear wasn't really there.....
On and down towards Loch Vrotachan which shimmered in the sunshine but again I felt totally alone as I don't usually get out midweek so this was a bonus. A slightly boggy climb to the ridge to reach the plateau leading towards Carn a'Gheoidh but nothing too bad at all. Was tempted to go and do the top of Carn Sac on my return but decided against it.
The girl I'd spoken to earlier on said it was possible to do a 4th munro on this side but looking at the map the next nearest munro would be An Socath which would add a fair amount of time to the day. Given I didn't leave the car park till 10 am this wasn't a hard choice to say no. I did think that Carn Bhinnein might have been the munro she was talking about but it's got the height but not the 500 feet drop from Carn a'Gheoidh so would only be a top.
A very flat plateau then a short climb and hey presto I was at target 2 for the day, hadn't taken me an hour to get here from Carn Aosda so I'm well impressed. From here there are fantastic views all around. NW to An Socath, W to Glas Tulaichean and North into Glen Clunie and beyond. Still not A1 in naming / knowing any particular munro just by looking at them but I'm getting there....
Had a quick pitstop lunch in the sheltered cairn at Carn a'Gheoidh as the wind had picked up a bit so it was welcome.
Couple of pics from the cairn here...
Heading back down across the plateau to Cairnwell and as described it probably is the ugliest summit of all the munros with it's Orange mobile phone mast as well as all the ski tow gear.
Didn't take any close up pics of Cairnwell but 1 here isn't too bad as you can only just make out all the crap at the top....
All in a very pleasant day out on the mountains and the next plan is do the 4 peaks on the eastern side of the A93.
by quoman » Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:23 am
by Jockstar » Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:41 am
by mrssanta » Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:24 pm
Jockstar wrote:You had a great day for doing these three. Its great to do 3 Munros by walking up about 200 mtrs and your pics tell the story of the day and the obvious lack of snow. Totally agree about the Cairnwell !!
Good views south from the top though