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Cairngorms Vista - Sgor Mor

Cairngorms Vista - Sgor Mor


Postby GariochTom » Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:39 pm

Route description: Sgor Mor circular, from the Linn of Dee

Corbetts included on this walk: Sgor Mor

Date walked: 06/04/2013

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 17 km

Ascent: 598m

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A return visit to Sgor Mor, the Corbett that gives excellent views across to the central Cairngorms.

We set off from the car park at the Linn of Dee, up the track towards White Bridge and once we had emerged out of the pine woodland we turned right and headed up an old track towards Carn an ic' Duibhe. The track soon petered out, so we were soon boshing through heather on the steep slope, which was hard work.

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Southwest from the slopes of Carn an' Ic Duibhe by GariochT, on Flickr

A deer fence had recently been constructed across the hill - it was a '3D' electric fence rather than a mesh one, so we were able to crawl underneath it, being careful not to get a shock! The fence must be the new fence proposed in the NTS Mar Lodge Estate Forest Plan "to protect the estate's sporting resource of red deer stags which tend to winter in the woodland in the regeneration zone" (not quite sure how) and "reduce the risk of browsing to the natural regeneration in and around the Linn of Dee and Glen Lui areas." (http://www.nts.org.uk/Downloads/Properties/wefp_1_web.pdf)

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New deer fencing on the way up Carn an'Ic Duibhe by GariochT, on Flickr

It was a relief to finally reach the plateau of Carn an 'ic Duibhe. From here, the views across to the main Cairngorm massif began.

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On Carn an'Ic Duibhe by GariochT, on Flickr

The views got better and better as we made our way to Sgor Dubh and then across to Sgor Mor. The walking was much easier from this point too! There was another new deer fence on the shoulder of the ridge up to Sgor Dubh, which detracted from the 'wildness' of the hill but would have been put there for good reason.

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On the way to Sgor Duibhe by GariochT, on Flickr

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Sgor Dubh - a fine viewpoint by GariochT, on Flickr

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View from Sgor Dubh by GariochT, on Flickr

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Devil's Point, Cairn Toul, and a corrie of Braeriach behind Carn a' Mhaim by GariochT, on Flickr

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Beinn Mheadhoin in the distance and Glen Derry by GariochT, on Flickr

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The tors of Beinn Mheadhoin in the distance, above the cliffs of Stob Coire Etchachan and Sgurr an Lochan Uaine by GariochT, on Flickr

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The view northwest from near Sgor Dubh by GariochT, on Flickr

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Glen Geusachan, the Devil's Point, Cairn Toul, Braeriach, Carn a' Mhaim, Glen Luibeg, Derry Cairngorm and Ben Macdui by GariochT, on Flickr

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Heading towards Sgor Mor by GariochT, on Flickr

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The central Cairngorms by GariochT, on Flickr

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Towards the central Cairngorms by GariochT, on Flickr

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Beinn a' Ghlo by GariochT, on Flickr



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Another fine view by GariochT, on Flickr

We decided to descend to the south and return via White Bridge, and the descent was on far gentler and easier slopes than our ascent had been!

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Our route of descent from Sgor Mor - to the south by GariochT, on Flickr

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Gradual descent by GariochT, on Flickr

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Descending. Beinn a' Ghlo in the distance. by GariochT, on Flickr

Once we reached the path at the floor of the glen, we wended our way southeast along it beside the river, stopping at the Chest of Dee, then down the track from White Bridge back to the car park.

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The Chest of Dee by GariochT, on Flickr

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The Chest of Dee by GariochT, on Flickr

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White Bridge by GariochT, on Flickr

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Almost back by GariochT, on Flickr


Sgor Mor 6 Apr 13.GPX Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts

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Re: Cairngorms Vista - Sgor Mor

Postby The Rodmiester » Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:33 pm

Some lovely photographs there, not much snow on the White Bridge track!
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Re: Cairngorms Vista - Sgor Mor

Postby GariochTom » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:00 am

Thanks, yes I was surprised how little snow there was on the track to White Bridge... there was plenty of snow elsewhere including on the shaded track in the forest.
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Re: Cairngorms Vista - Sgor Mor

Postby kevsbald » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:56 am

Just confirms once again that sometimes the best views are from the smaller hills. Lovely.
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