Middle aged lambs found leaping around Braemar!!
by dektasker » Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:43 pm
Route description: Carn a'Mhaim from the Linn of Dee
Munros included on this walk: Carn a'Mhaim
Date walked: 02/12/2012
Time taken: 5.45 hours
Distance: 22.5 km
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Gerry and I did Carn a’ Mhaim yesterday as our first winter walk. Our first walk in the area was Devils Point away back in October (http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=26108) , which is exceptional. I have a few cracking photographs from the trip to Devils point. You can view them at
Noticed the path was excellent, therefore we took our bikes to Derry Lodge for the walk to Carn a’Mhaim. Some part of the ground was as slippery as a snake in wet grass which made for a few entertaining moments. Particularly as Gerry had a new bike but he had not tightened the handle bars!! Got off the bike at Derry Lodge, stepped down, took a few steps, slipped and landed on my coccyx. How I managed to land on a bony point with a rucksack on my back I’ll never know.
Derry Lodge must have been wonderful in its day. It is a shame that someone cannot renovate this classic Victorian building.
Derry_Lodge by dektasker, on Flickr
You cross the bridge at Derry Burn and the views along the path are breath taking. Gerry and I were up early and it shows with the great colours seen in these photos.
Derry_Lodge+Path_Carn_a_Mhaim_1 by dektasker, on Flickr
The path is great but in winter a bit slippery especially past Derry Lodge and too many hidden dangers for a bike. We dropped the bikes off at Derry Lodge and headed on foot. Only to be passed by a guy, who must be a circus entertainer on his bike, giving it big welliess!!
Path_Carn_a_Mhaim_2 by dektasker, on Flickr
Path_Carn_a_Mhaim_1 by dektasker, on Flickr
We followed the path along to the burn but decided not to cross as the rocks looked very slippery and the water was a bit deep and looked freezing. A small detour took us up to Luibeg bridge and then a faint path takes you to I think the Lairig Ghru path. The path splits and we took the right path up towards Carn a’ Mhaim. A good path even in the snow. Eventually the snow covering the ground hides the path and it is a case of route one.
Krusty Krab would have been proud, as we side stepped up route one. Reminded me of one of my favourite bands Run DMC and walk this way!!. Anyway this was hard going and what a steep climb up. Must be hard in good weather but walking in snow (up to 130cm deep) had me thinking why do we love this frozen water so much!! (You take 12 steps but lucky if you have moved 12 feet). The answer was not long in coming. Once at the summit the views along Lairig Ghru is awesome
Braeriach_Angels_Toul_Lairig_Ghru_1 by dektasker, on Flickr
with Devils point,
Derek_Devils_Point by dektasker, on Flickr
Devils_Point by dektasker, on Flickr
Cairn Toul, The Angels Peak (Sgor an Lochain Uaine) and Braeriach, looking spectacular with their covering of icing sugar.
Cairn_Toul_Angels_Peak_Braeriach by dektasker, on Flickr
Then there are the views to Ben Macdui and the Cairn Gorms
Macdui_Cairn_Gorm_ by dektasker, on Flickr
and to the side of Devils point Glen Seusachan.
Glen_Seusachan by dektasker, on Flickr
Somewhere there is a Bothy down here!!
Bothy__ by dektasker, on Flickr
You are absolutely spoilt for choice and despite the hard slog, feeling very privileged to be there, particularly on a gorgeous day.
Think we broke every rule in the book on the way back. It was pure white virgin snow till two middle aged men decided that they would leap like lambs in the snow making huge foot prints and turning the clock back 40 years. Best fun for ages. There is definitely something about the snow that brings the child out in you.
On the way back we passed a few walkers going up. One guy in particular looked like we must have, sweat dripping, face as red as a lobster in boiling water and no doubt thighs on fire. The slog is worth it and cannot wait for the next trip up to this area but will probably wait till spring time.
Recommended you take a bike if you are walking in this area. The paths are very good and suitable even for a message bike (if you are old enough to remember these you’re doing well). This knocks a good 1.5 to 2 hours off your trip and with the long walk in, well worth biking.
If you like looking at phots, there are pleny more at http://flic.kr/ps/22Y8Bk. Enjoy the photos and hopefully catch you up the hills sometime.
by Jonay » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:21 pm
by Bod » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:42 pm
Great you had so much fun playing in the snow, stunning pictures across and along the Lairig Ghru
by wilkiemurray » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:05 am
I was not too far away from where you were on Sunday - although I did not travel as far - just went up Sor Mor from Linn of Dee (only had half a day to save my brownie points!!!). Left early too (7ish ) probably saw you in car park!!
What a day though - i wish all outing to the hills could be this good
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by Fudgie » Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:40 am
dektasker wrote:Think we broke every rule in the book on the way back. It was pure white virgin snow till two middle aged men decided that they would leap like lambs in the snow making huge foot prints and turning the clock back 40 years. Best fun for ages. There is definitely something about the snow that brings the child out in you.
We did something similar on Sunday and when I tell non hillwalking folk, they look at me like I'm daft
by old danensian » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:02 pm
Thanks for sharing.
by PeteR » Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:49 pm
by ruby the dog » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:36 am