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Cairn Gorm & Ben Macdui
by gyles » Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:55 pm
Route description: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm
Munros included on this walk: Ben Macdui, Cairn Gorm
Date walked: 28/07/2012
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 17.5 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Myself and 2 friends set off from Moray early arriving at the ski centre car park at 8am. The forecast was to be mixed conditions. Sunny spells with patches of rain and low cloud brushing the summits. It was spot on from the start as the Cairn Gorm peak was just hidden in the clag. We headed up fairly quickly only taking just over an hour to reach the summit. By this point we were well into the cloud and the waterproofs were on as the rain came down.
The next part was tricky trying to find our path off the summit to head towards the corrie ridges. The cloud did its best to give us no features to see and we lost 10 minutes as we headed south west. Visibility did improve slightly and I did recognise Loch Etchachan which helped find our bearings. As the cloud cleared more we found our path. All of this was adding to my experience for the future.
Once back on track we were fine, following the corrie ridges until the path split and headed south towards Ben Macdui. Rain was still on and off with it being cold enough to bring a little sleet.
We plodded on across the vast plateau, fortunate enough to have some breaks with the weather as the cloud lifted. It was good to have the visibility to see some other peaks in the area.
Not too long after a slight climb following the cairns we hit the summit hidden in the cloud. We enjoyed a good 30 minutes lunch but unfortunately there was no view to be seen with the conditions. However still thrilled with the achievement.
We made our way back across the plateau coming out of the cloud. We were treated to good view to the west looking at the Cairn Toul - Braeriach range. We were thinking in anticipation as we plan to do this traverse via the Lairig Ghru for our next walk.
We continued the gentle walk north to traverse back round to the ski centre car park. We enjoyed looking at the north facing corries as we passed by in front of them.
Soon enough we arrived back where we started. Given the weather conditions it was still a great day. The moments of poor visibility gave the walk a different dimension which I really enjoyed. I think it was the feeling of having more of a challenge to navigate. However as I said earlier it is good experience for me to learn from.
Looking forward to the next climb.
Thanks for reading.
by skuk007 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:53 pm
Hope you get better weather on your next walk.
by David-Main » Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:05 pm
by gyles » Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:19 pm
We took the chance and glad we did. Hopefully you'll get better weather for your next walk.
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