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An Epic Day Out In The Cairngorms

An Epic Day Out In The Cairngorms


Postby Del246 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:28 pm

Route description: Carn a'Mhaim from the Linn of Dee

Munros included on this walk: Ben Macdui, Carn a'Mhaim

Date walked: 22/03/2012

Time taken: 9.25 hours

Distance: 30 km

Ascent: 1200m

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Its not often that your allotted annual leave period turns out to be the same as your hillwalking buddies (fellow member Meatball) but that is how the last week has been. So on Monday we were in Drumochter for the double of A'Bhuidheanach Beag and Carn na Caim, Tuesday was Aviemore for Cairngorm and Ben Macdui (in howling gales) and todays plan was Carn A' Mhaim ( or so I thought ) from Linn of Dee.

We left Glasgow before 6am and made the long drive up to Lynn of Dee. We were suited and booted and set off from the car park around 0845. We followed the path through the forrest and soon came to our first river crossing. For once the weather forecast was spot on and the hills ahead looked stunning.

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Along walk in to the hills !


We followed the well constructed track along towards Derry Lodge and we soon got our first view of Carn a' Mhaim.

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Carn a' Mhaim


As we continued our walk in we were intertained by 3 RAF jets having some fun and low level flying ! As we got closer to Carn a' Mhaim we could see our route up and plan of attack.

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The route up Carn a' Mhaim


Near the foot of Carn a' Mhaim you pass through another small forrest section and then you have a choice. Walk 400 metres round a loop or hop over the river. Guess what we did !

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River crossing


So far ( 2 hours ) had all been walking on the flat, now it was straight up to the summit of Carn a' Mhaim. I did have a wee breather on route and the picture below gives you an idea of the length of the walk in -

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A look back towards the starting point


Almost on the summit I looked to my left and got my first ever view of the Devils Point. One word - awesome !!

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First view of the Devils Point


After 3 hours we were on the summit of Carn a' Mhaim and the views were outstanding.

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Me on the summit with The Devils Point and Cairn Toul in the bacground


Now, as I ate my lunch thinking of the walk back to the car, Meatball turns round to me and says "I have a plan ". Let me tell you, I dont normally like his plans as they usually involve me being out my comfort zone. He then announces that he thinks as the weather is so good we should continue on to Ben Macdui. I nearly choke on my lunch and say we were there only 2 days ago ! Before the discussion goes any further we were joined on the summit by a solo walker. Meatball tells him his plan and it goes to vote. I loose 2-1 and its off to Ben Macdui !! Thanks Meatball and John !!

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Ben Macdui from the summit of Carn a' Mhaim


From the picture above Ben Macdui doesnt look to far away but what you dont see is that you follow a narrow ridge away down and loose alot of height. So off I set in a cream puff !!

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Setting off down the ridge towards Ben Macdui


However I really enjoyed the ridge walk and got an amazing veiw of the Devils Point. I think its one of the best pictures I have taken.

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Devils Point from the ridge down on Carn a' Mhaim


There is a good path down the ridge and to start with a good path up towards Ben Macdui

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Ridge down Carn a' Mhaim


The path up Ben Macdui stops at a bolder field that seemed to go on for ever. No wonder we stopped for 5 !!

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A breather in the bolder field


As you looked back to Carn a' Mhaim from here you get a totally different view of this Munro and it gives you a better idea of the ridge walk down.

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Carn a' Mhaim from the boulder field on Macdui


So after around 5.5 hours we reached the summit of Ben Macdui

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On the summit of Ben Macdui


The girl who took our picture remarked how we were in team colours !!

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Cairn Toul from the summit of Macdui


It was now a very long walk back to Linn of Dee. As we left Macdui we picked up an escape path that ran down the side of Carn a' Mhaim.

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The path back goes down the left of Carn a' Mhaim


A look back at the route we came down

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Route back


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Route back


As we got back onto level ground and made our way back to the car we caught the sun going down on Carn a' Mhaim

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Sunset on Carn a' Mhaim


After over 9 hours we were back at our car, what an epic day. Thanks Meatball for persuading/forcing me onto Macdui, Im now glad we did this route.

So in 4 days we have completed 6 Munros, walked 65 km and had 3000m of ascent. Had gale force winds, little visibility and sun burn !!

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What a difference 2 days make on the summit of Macdui as I could not stand for the wind !!

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2 days earlier on Ben Macdui !!
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Re: An Epic Day Out In The Cairngorms

Postby ChrisW » Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:37 pm

Cracking report Del, glad you got such a great day after the weathers earlier contributions :shock: that river crossing early on looked a bit of a .....stretch :lol: some great photos throughout and a pretty impressive tally for the week, time to get back to work for a rest I reckon :lol:
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Re: An Epic Day Out In The Cairngorms

Postby Del246 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:47 pm

Thanks Chris. Your right, back to work next week for a rest !! :lol:
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Re: An Epic Day Out In The Cairngorms

Postby Steve B » Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:59 pm

Well done on meatball getting the maximum out of the day. No good being in the mountains with that weather and looking at them from the car!
Cracking report and a good week by the sound of it.
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Re: An Epic Day Out In The Cairngorms

Postby pollyh33 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:42 pm

Yeehaa go you and Campbell doing big boys' walks!!! :lol: :lol:

Your photographs are fantastic Derek, really really loved the ones of the Devil's whatsit!! very impressive!! :shock:


Cracking report :thumbup: :thumbup: :clap:
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Re: An Epic Day Out In The Cairngorms

Postby Del246 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:10 pm

Steve B wrote:Well done on meatball getting the maximum out of the day. No good being in the mountains with that weather and looking at them from the car!
Cracking report and a good week by the sound of it.


Your right, no point looking from the car :lol: Thanks for the comments
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Re: An Epic Day Out In The Cairngorms

Postby Del246 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:12 pm

pollyh33 wrote:Yeehaa go you and Campbell doing big boys' walks!!! :lol: :lol:

Your photographs are fantastic Derek, really really loved the ones of the Devil's whatsit!! very impressive!! :shock:


Cracking report :thumbup: :thumbup: :clap:


Cheers Polly, love the banter :lol: Wait to you see my pics when I get my new camera next week ;-)
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Re: An Epic Day Out In The Cairngorms

Postby Del246 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:20 pm

Forgot these pics, Doh !!!

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Re: An Epic Day Out In The Cairngorms

Postby Gable Gable End » Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:22 pm

wow.

bright. blue. just wow.

Those Westies who slag the Gorms off look silly when there are photos and conditions like those!
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Re: An Epic Day Out In The Cairngorms

Postby PeteR » Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:50 pm

That's a fantastic report and fantastic pictures too 8) :D Here's hoping for more days like that for us all on the hills (the sunny and not windy ones :D)

Some amazing views toward the Devil's Point and Macdui :D The blue sky just makes the view all the more impressive 8) Not a bad few days in the hills :thumbup:
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Re: An Epic Day Out In The Cairngorms

Postby Meatball » Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:00 pm

Great report Del!

Yesterday was a Carslberg day, cracking weather, cracking scenery and as for the company....well at least the weather was nice!

We did Cairngorm (via Northern Corries) the Macdui on Tuesday but the visibilty was poor, it was cold and the gale force winds topped it off!
So when I knew I was on an adjoining hill, the forecast was superb, it made sense to burn off a few more calories and see what Macdui is really like! Well, it did to me!

Sadly my Jedi mind tricks failed when trying to get him to go down the "real" escape route via Derry Cairngorm. Hey ho, I have a plan B for that one!

All joking aside, Del has been struggling with the lurgy and it was clearly affecting him yesterday but he ploughed on regardless! Del also doesn't like heights but that was the most comfortable that I have seen him. So genuinely my hat is off to him, it was a great effort!
I also owe Del's Mrs a sorry....it was my fault we were late home....my bad...sorry!

Anyhoo, what's next?
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Re: An Epic Day Out In The Cairngorms

Postby mrssanta » Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:09 pm

Meatball wrote:Sadly my Jedi mind tricks failed when trying to get him to go down the "real" escape route via Derry Cairngorm. Hey ho, I have a plan B for that one!


Hee hee that would have been a cracking day!!
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Re: An Epic Day Out In The Cairngorms

Postby Meatball » Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:14 pm

I think he would have to have been drugged (Mr T style - I ain't getting on no plane fool!) then dragged halfway there...then get my own running shoes on to escape his wrath!
Not that I thought about that, but I noted that he also had the car keys!
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Re: An Epic Day Out In The Cairngorms

Postby Del246 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:36 pm

Re Gable End, I agree with you. I hadnt been up in the Cairngorms until recently and it's really growing on me. I love this area now.
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Re: An Epic Day Out In The Cairngorms

Postby Johnny Corbett » Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:54 pm

Cracking photos, thats the kind of weather you want when you're in the Cairngorms :thumbup:
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