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Sole-Destrying Stroll in Glen Shee

Sole-Destrying Stroll in Glen Shee


Postby jupe1407 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:37 am

Munros included on this walk: Cairn of Claise, Carn an Tuirc

Date walked: 02/06/2013

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 650m

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Saturday's forecast looked decent in the morning and poor in the afternoon, so i ditched plans to spend a day on the Lochnagar circuit and instead headed up to Glen Shee to do Carn an'Tuirc and Cairn of Claise. I arrived at the wee car park just north of the ski centre at about 7am, and set off pretty much straightaway, over the stone bridge.

The path was unsurprisingly boggy after a lot of rain the previous night, but pretty easily followed up to the old shielings, whereupon is disintegrates into a boggy mess. However at this point it's really just a case of heading straight up the hill. At this point i discovered by boots were gubbed. The sole had split and they were no longer waterproof. This is uncool in a bogfest. The situation was barely salvaged by Sealskinz socks.

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Carn an Tuirc


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Back to the pass


I started to regret having a large meal and a few vodkas the night before as the steep trudge up the slopes of Carn an Tuirc became hard going in wet shoes, with little grip. Finally, after reaching the rocky upper slopes and a cooling breeze, things became more enjoyable.

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The final approach


Before long the summit cairn was reached on the large rocky plateau. Views were pleasant towards the high cairngorms.

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From Carn an Tuirc summit


I had a quick bite to eat, and decided to have a wander around the plateau. It was a cracking day now, with a bit of sunshine and cooling breeze. I had a look at Coire Kander.

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Loch Kander


Then headed across towards the boundary wall leading to the next munro, Cairn of Claise. I also had numerous mud-up-to-the-knees incidents on the way. Anyway, Cairn of Claise's summit cairn was soon reached. Not complaining incidentally, but i can't believe it's a munro in it's own right. :lol:

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Cairn of Claise


I enjoyed the views from this hill in all directions. It had turned into a very fine day.

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Cairngorms from Cairn of Claise


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Caenlochan Glen


I set off in the direction of Glas Maol. I strongly considered adding Glas Maol and Creag Leacach, but having done both before, and frankly not being keen on the trudge back up the A93, i headed for Sron Na Gaoithe.

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Carn an Tuirc & Cairn of Claise


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Sron Na Gaoithe


I spent a very enjoyable lazing about on the summit in the sunshine, again with fine views.

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Glen Shee towards Braemar


Clearly the day wouldn't be complete without a tedious decent on wet, tussocky grass, and a couple of minor falls. Cracking wee trip though :D
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Re: Sole-Destrying Stroll in Glen Shee

Postby laconic surf » Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:56 am

Looks like a decent day above your head if not below your feet. I think most of us have been there thinking "i shouldn't have had those drinks last night" - I now have a self imposed booze ban if i'm walking the next day - except on WH meets where it's compulsory :wink:
I did these in snow/whiteout and it's amazing to look at your photos and recognise absolutely nothing :lol:
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Re: Sole-Destrying Stroll in Glen Shee

Postby jupe1407 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:55 am

laconic surf wrote:Looks like a decent day above your head if not below your feet. I think most of us have been there thinking "i shouldn't have had those drinks last night" - I now have a self imposed booze ban if i'm walking the next day - except on WH meets where it's compulsory :wink:
I did these in snow/whiteout and it's amazing to look at your photos and recognise absolutely nothing :lol:


Aye, I've read your report on them as a spot of research :D

But yeah, drinking before hills - not cool. :lol:
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Re: Sole-Destrying Stroll in Glen Shee

Postby trederdog 100 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:10 pm

I've just done these hills and bolted on Glas Maol descending via Sron na Gaoithe. I couldn't believe Cairn of Claise being a Munro either! Its higher than Carn an Tuirc yet really does seem like an undulation in the plateau. You'd think Carn an Tuirc would be just a top as the descent, re-ascent is small. Even though it is the more interesting of the two. Mind you I couldn't see anything - just the thick clag.
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