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A'Bhuidheanach Bheag and Carn na Caim from Dalnaspidal
by John Burgess » Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:35 pm
Route description: Carn na Caim and A'Bhuidheanach Bheag, Drumochter
Munros included on this walk: A' Bhuidheanach Bheag, Carn na Caim
Date walked: 08/11/2009
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 24 km3 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
The car thermometer read minus 5 when we arrived at Dalnaspidal but there was hardly a breath of wind. We parked in the layby just before the end of the dual carriageway section of the A9 and, once we had negotiated a barbed wire fence low down, headed up Craig Chaorach. The weather was so good that even Drumochter looked attractive
The long ridge over Druim Coire Mhic-sith gave very easy going with just one or two frozen peat hags to negotiate and we reached the summit of Glas Mheall Mor in time for elevensies!
A dusting of snow on the highest Cairngorms looked superb, the view of the next part of our walk over to Carn na Caim made us glad that the temperature was still well below freezing. The frozen peat hags gave some fairly easy walking.
We crossed the Allt a'Chama Choire at the point where the Allt Bhuidheanach and Caochan Tarsuinn meet it. The slopes near the burn were steep and loose but presented no real problems and we were soon on our way up the short, narrow ridge above the Caochan Tarsuinn.
We wandered on and eventually arrived at the summit of Carn na Caim. The fence posts give up and miss out the highest point which has a decent size cairn. Sitting on it Dan seemed to be doing a fair impression of Rodin's thinker
We met several groups on the way across to A'Bhuidheanach Bheag but had the top to ourselves. The Sun was now, unfortunately, hiding behind clouds on the other side of Drumochter but there were still some cracking views of distant hills.
There was still time left for a detour out to Meall a'Chaorainn and a view of the late evening sun on the Monadhliath.
The ridge down over Fuar Mhonadh gave easy walking until the last kilometre or so when it became rather tussocky and boggy. The Sun was down before we returned to the car.
A grand day out
Lovely shot of Loch Garry
I like the Drumochter hills - even more so in winter. We only saw 1 ptarmigan on Braeriach
by Graeme D » Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:39 pm
by LeithySuburbs » Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:30 pm
Also, that looks a good route for these hills - far more interesting than the route from the Dalwhinnie turn-off. I rather rushed them one day last year because I had a golf tie in the evening. In the end the heavens opened that afternoon to give us the wettest August on record and I had to forfeit my tie .
by John Burgess » Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:36 pm
I think Kinley had the best of the weather - we could see the Cairngorms in Sun all day. Just hope for some days like that for the Tarf Hotel trip Graeme!
All the best,
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