walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

THE CAIRNWELL 3 in crap weather

THE CAIRNWELL 3 in crap weather


Postby blueyed » Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:12 pm

Route description: The Cairnwell Munros

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

Date walked: 07/04/2012

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 11.5 km

1 person thinks this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

there isnt really much to write about this walk - as the weather forecast was crap and the only sensible option were southern cairngorms, we decided to go for 'THE CAIRNWELL 3'.

we had a visitor from czech rep. and i guess if not for her we wouldnt really bother. anyway, at the end of the day we didnt regret that trip, but while driving from edinburgh we were in constant drizzle/rain and we were a little bit concerned about conditions in glenshee.
apparently that day we were quite lucky - the clouds and drizzle seemed to be everywhere around except the munro which we were on :) good!

glenshee welcomed us with a shy looking carn aosda, but as soon as we started climbing up, the cloud cleared
Image

after 40 mins clomb we reached the summit of carn aosda, had wee snack and some hot tea and proceeded towards our second munro carn a'gheoidh. (with carn aosda behind us)
Image

views were not really too spectacular
Image

Image

carn aosda
Image

looking towards car a'gheoidh
Image

the cairnwell
Image

carn a'gheoidh and the loch
Image

carn nan sac
Image

we had to negotiate a small cornice. there were patches of snow, not too many of them but some were quite deep
Image

frozen lochan
Image

going up the cairnwell
Image

the industrial cairnwell, the cairn on roof of the hut!
Image

looking back to carn a'gheoidh
Image

.. it will be raining here soon, let's better go down now...
Image

back at the ski centre
Image


we managed to stay dry for most of the day but got finally cought by rain while descending from the cairnwell. the descent along chairlift is steep but well worth trying as it takes about 20-30 mins down, whereas going back by the track (towards carn aosda and down) would be at least 40 mins.

see more pics HERE : http://www.around-scotland.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/cairnwell-munros.html

cheers, enjoy!
User avatar
blueyed
Wanderer
 
Posts: 482
Munros:50   Corbetts:13
Grahams:5   Donalds:4
Sub 2000:7   Hewitts:4
Wainwrights:5   
Joined: May 20, 2010
Location: edinburgh

Re: THE CAIRNWELL 3 in crap weather

Postby RicKamila » Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:19 pm

That's nothing... When we went out there last year to attempt our first Munro, we couldn't even see the Ski Centre from the road. Gave up and went to Loch Callater instead.

I like it down that way, ok it might be scarred from the ski developments, but I think its a lovely area. Can't wait to finally bag that first Munro and head up those hills.
User avatar
RicKamila
Walker
 
Posts: 2358
Munros:5   Corbetts:5
Grahams:3   
Sub 2000:16   
Joined: Jul 17, 2010
Location: Aberdeenshire

Re: THE CAIRNWELL 3 in crap weather

Postby mrssanta » Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:59 pm

Hey those views weren't so bad, you could see where you were going anyway.
User avatar
mrssanta
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 2968
Munros:245   Corbetts:10
Grahams:3   
Sub 2000:9   Hewitts:44
Wainwrights:40   Islands:8
Joined: Jul 18, 2011
Location: north yorkshire moors

Re: THE CAIRNWELL 3 in crap weather

Postby AlisonFox66 » Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:51 pm

certainly been some snow up that way since last week

when we were there , there was only one small patch and the dog almost melted it by rolling in it
otherwise known as 'destroyed by lab-testing'
AlisonFox66
Ambler
 
Posts: 358
Munros:282   Corbetts:222
Grahams:219   Donalds:87
Sub 2000:497   Hewitts:312
Wainwrights:214   
Joined: Jul 16, 2010

Re: THE CAIRNWELL 3 in crap weather

Postby ChrisW » Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:17 pm

That weather doesn't look as bad as I expected (I think you've got spoiled with the good weather of late :lol: ), loved this report anyway as it brings back nice memories of my own wanderings up there :D
User avatar
ChrisW
Scrambler
 
Posts: 4940
Munros:18   Corbetts:5
Grahams:3   
Sub 2000:6   
Joined: Jan 25, 2011
Location: Cochrane- Alberta - Canada

Re: THE CAIRNWELL 3 in crap weather

Postby Ranger » Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:16 pm

Worst use of the phrase 'crap weather' EVER. ;)

I can tell you're a photographer :lol:
User avatar
Ranger
 
Posts: 257
Munros:282   Corbetts:70
Grahams:12   Donalds:1
Sub 2000:14   Hewitts:5
Wainwrights:2   
Joined: Dec 20, 2010

Re: THE CAIRNWELL 3 in crap weather

Postby blueyed » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:57 am

ok ok guys, it wasnt the CRAPest weather ever but the crapest as for my walks :) as i usually go only when i have a good chance to stay dry and see something around :)
so that weather felt crap a little bit :) i expected excellent visibility, blue sky and sunshine :)

ranger, you've just made my day :)
User avatar
blueyed
Wanderer
 
Posts: 482
Munros:50   Corbetts:13
Grahams:5   Donalds:4
Sub 2000:7   Hewitts:4
Wainwrights:5   
Joined: May 20, 2010
Location: edinburgh

Re: THE CAIRNWELL 3 in crap weather

Postby fatal6ert » Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:14 pm

I reckon Carn Aosda looks better in crap weather :D
fatal6ert
Walker
 
Posts: 10
Munros:42   Corbetts:7
Donalds:1
Sub 2000:2   Hewitts:4
Wainwrights:4   
Joined: Oct 13, 2011
Location: Insch/Copenhagen

1 person thinks this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Walkhighlands community forum is now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: GeorgeHenderson, McMole, robertphillips and 64 guests