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Cairnwell and Bhinnein

Cairnwell and Bhinnein


Postby fatal6ert » Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:54 pm

Route description: The Cairnwell Munros

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

Date walked: 30/12/2012

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 14.5 km

Ascent: 875m

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A Friday off but I had to be back by 6 O'clock to commence the weekend round of Dad's Taxi so needed to find a shortish route not too far from home. So not having yet done the Cairnwell munros this looked like a good choice for the day. After 2 weeks of great temperatures and glorious sunshine here in the North East I was hoping that the weather would hold out for 1 more day. I was not disappointed. Glorious sunshine was on hand for a good day on the hills.
Arriving at the Cafe of the Glenshee ski school at 0830 it was on with the gaiters and an easy decision to leave crampons in the car as there was hardly a spot of snow to be seen. A bacon butty to fortify the body and a coffee for the soul and Charlie and I were off up Carn Aosda.
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Charlie's 4th Munro

Horribly scarred by the ski runs I felt a little sorry for this hill but it was an easy start to the day and Charlies 4th Munro. Still great views all around in clear skies and good weather although the wind was rather brisk at this height.

From Carn Aosda a simple case of following the path past Loch Vrotachan to Carn nan Sac and on to Carn a Gheoidh with mountain hares sadly standing out clearly in their white overcasts against the free hills. Apart from the hares the only wildlife seen was a pair of still white ptarmigan.
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Loch Vrotachan

On route to Carn nan Sac a quick glance back revealed a rather worrying billowing of smoke from the crags between Car nan Sac and The Cairnwell.
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Fire
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Fire fighter
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Aftermath of the fire - from The Cairnwell

Wondering if this might be a problem in getting back to the car I decided to carry on for now and on the return journey the fire was fortunately extinguished. A warning that the vegetation is very dry after a warm winter.

A quick photo stop for Charlie at Carn nan Sac then on to Carn a Gheoidh. My original plan was to go only as far as Carn a Gheoidh but once I got there I noticed Carn Bhinnein, it looked interesting and I still had plenty of time in hand so on I went.
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Charlie at Carn nan Sac

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Carn Bhinnein
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Lunchtime snooze

I was please to have carried on because the views from here were excellent. Particularly to the North towards Ben MacDui. From here it was back to Carn a Gheoidh for a spot of lunch - of which Charlie ate half before a little snooze before going on to finish the walk on The Cairnwell where I had a chat with a couple of blokes painting the microwave transmitter - not a thing that's common on a munro. From here shortest route back to the car park and home in time to start the weekend's driving duties
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The Cairnwell
Last edited by fatal6ert on Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:14 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Cairnwell and Bhinnein

Postby foggieclimber » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:02 pm

Although Carn Bhinnein is now a Munro Top, it was a Munro in Hugh Munro's original 1891 list.
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Re: Cairnwell and Bhinnein

Postby fatal6ert » Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:01 pm

foggieclimber wrote:Although Carn Bhinnein is now a Munro Top, it was a Munro in Hugh Munro's original 1891 list.

That's good to know - I would have been a bit cheesed off had I not done it so I caqn sort of tick it off, an interesting wee hill and cracking views from a slightly different angle than Carn a Gheoidh
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