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Bynack More to Cairn Gorm

Bynack More to Cairn Gorm

Postby fipriestley » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:25 pm

Munros included on this walk: Bynack More, Cairn Gorm

Date walked: 03/08/2012

Time taken: 7.5 hours

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I followed the trade/WH route to Bynack More summit, passing the stunning green Lochan Uaine and taking lots of photos stops along the way - the sun was beating down and some of the scenery meant this just didn't feel like a day in Scotland!
Lochan Uaine
across the plains

There's a good path all the way up Bynack More, but as I neared the final ascent I thought I could see icebergs :? ...that turned out to be large canvas sacks of huge heavy boulders for building a path. Impressed at how these got all the way up here I was disappointed not to see Hercules, Samson, Arnie and a few of their mates who might have taken one of the 4 handles each to carry these loads. [was later pointed out to me that these are of course helicoptered in, DOH! :roll: :lol: ]
bags of rocks :)

Final pull up to the summit and it's all rocks on the top. Finding the summit cairn was made a little easier when I could hear voices, so I climbed up to join 3 others there.
the whole top's a pile of rocks!

The others were all heading back down the same way but I was heading off for Cairn Gorm via A'Choinneach. The couple asked which hills were which so, having checked my map, I confidently pointed out my next 2 summits. I set off and went to check out the cool stone formations before dropping down but it didn't quite feel right :? so I checked the map again and realised that was Beinn Mheadhoin I had been pointing out, not A'Choinneach [more DOH! :roll: ] Good job they were returning on the same route they'd gone up by, so I hadn't set them off on a wrong path! :lol:
rock stacks on south side of Bynack More
flat top of A'Choinneach with Beinn Mheadhoin in the background :D
heading for Cairn Gorm next

The path came and went from here as I was heading for The Saddle. I dropped down too soon after losing the path (again), so didn't cross exactly at The Saddle but took more of a direct route down over rocks then straight up Cairn Gorm in between the crags. Of course part way up I looked over to see a clear path all the way up from The Saddle. :roll: :lol: Happy to take a break from the near vertical ascent I followed it across the hill but again it seemed to disappear over rocks so I was back to just heading up!
Loch Avon and The Saddle
cutting the corner a little, going down then straight up :)
alien's view back to my first 2 hills :D

Reached the summit and chatted with Bill who had come up from the other side :wave: We walked back down over Ptarmigan and Coire na Ciste and he very kindly gave me a lift back to my car at Glenmore Lodge :thumbup:
cairns mark the way (followed by blue rope chains after this!)
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Re: Bynack More to Cairn Gorm

Postby Bod » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:38 pm

A very fine walk that is Fi, nice to link up these two :D :D :D
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Re: Bynack More to Cairn Gorm

Postby Scotjamie » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:42 pm

Hi Fi - nice report. Agree with Bod. Good to join these two and a fine set of pics with it
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