Braeriach & Cairn Toul Traverse and A Series of Mishaps
by Del246 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:02 am
Route description: Cairn Toul - Braeriach traverse
Munros included on this walk: Braeriach, Cairn Toul, Sgòr an Lochain Uaine, The Devil's Point
Date walked: 18/06/2013
Time taken: 12.5 hours
Distance: 36 km
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Anyway Meatball and I had been trying to organize a day for a while but work keeps getting in the way. The 18/06 looked good as we were both of work. We picked a route on the East and West and waited for MWIS forecast. The forecast came in and it had to be the East although MWIS were quite out with their prediction!!
We were discussing the Megi 5 or The Devils Point 4. We opted for The Devils Point 4 as this would allow Meatball to complete the Cairngorms. Also this is a walk I had always wanted to do since looking over to The Devils Point from Carn a Mhaim last year but was put off by the 23 miles
So we left Glasgow at 0410 for the drive up. Meatball was 10 minutes late as he says he went into auto pilot on the way to pick me up and had started to drive to work!! Then as we approached Aviemore he drove straight past the cut off and continued along the motorway!! Not a good start for him and it was going to continue
We eventually parked up in the Sugarbowl carpark. Getting ready for the off and then Meatball pulls his boots too tight and rips off one of the eyelets !! He was not a happy chappy
We then set off walking along the path over the bridge
and follow the good track and soon the ski centre is on our left. We continued along and in around 40 minutes we were rock hopping through The Chalamain Gap. I don’t know if its because I know what happened there this winter but I found it quite eerie passing through.
We then picked up The Lairig Ghru. Both of us had looked forward to walking this but MWIS got it wrong saying it would be dry as it rained most of the way towards the Corrour Bothy which spoiled it a bit for us as there were no real views.
We decided to do this walk from The Devils Point to try and give the low level cloud time to lift. Along the The Lairig Ghru we past a memorial, the Pools of Dee and eventually the Corrour Bothy came into sight.
At this point someone decided a direct route to the Bothy, crossing the river twice would be best and quickest instead of continuing down the path for the bridge. The other person then ended up almost knee deep in water
And as if by magic as we approached the Bothy the cloud lifted and The Devils Point looked amazing.
A quick bite to eat and it was straight up for the first Munro of the day. I was soon regretting my food as it was straight up and I was soon regretting not waiting for the summit for a snack !!! It is a steep path up the col and we soon reached the plateau. We ditched our rucksacks and headed up the short distance to the summit of The Devils Point being watched by a ptarmigan and her chicks.
Some quick photos and then we were off.
We headed back down and put our rucksacks back on
The good path then leads you towards Cairn Toul but there is a top, Stob Coire an t-Saighdeir in the road !! I found this section hard going as its a huge boulder field you need to negotiate. It saps your energy hopping from rock to rock especially when you know how many miles have still to come. Once on the top, Cairn Toul looked fantastic, in my opinion an amazing mountain from this angle.
We dropped down and then it was up through another boulder field to Cairn Toul. Some quick pics and we were off again.
The distance to the third Munro, Sgor an Lochain Uaine or Angels Peak isn’t great but the descent involves another boulder field
We were soon on Sgor an Lochain Uaine, its a short walk from Cairn Toul along a well burnt out path with no difficulties or boulder fields!! As we took some summit pictures Meatball topped his day off by dropping his good camera and totally ruining it I tried to cheer him up/ make light of the situation but the look I got suggested I was going to get punched or make my own way home from Aviemore So no more jokes about having to "focus" on the walk ahead or that we would be on the next hill in an "instant"
I think you can tell by my picture he is not amused!!
Anyway it was then onwards and upwards to Braeriach along a good path however it is a long long walk. Its a very high plateau walk along some amazing looking cliffs. Even at this hight you pass the infant river Dee!
As we closed in on Braeriach so did the weather. No views and I was surprised by the snow still on the summit despite the recent warm weather we have had.
Now it was time for the long descent back through The Chalamain Gap and back to the car 12.5 hours later. We even got some nice evening views of Loch Morlich and Meall a Bhuachaille
Postives – I climbed in my opinion 4 great Munros and feel a sense of achievement in completing this route. This is by far the longest single day route I have done. Also according to Walkhighlands in completing this in 1 day im “extremely fit”
Negatives – I don’t want to see another boulder field for a while ! And my feet are ruined today !!
by Meatball » Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:11 pm
See I can say that word now.
It was an expensive week for me but with hindsight it was a grand day out.
Well done with the walk old bean!
by Del246 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:15 pm
by Meatball » Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:22 pm
I was very tired on Wednesday when my alarm went off at 0500 for work...
by Meatball » Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:24 pm
by Del246 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:33 pm
by gammy leg walker » Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:44 pm
by Del246 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:53 pm
by dogplodder » Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:10 pm
by Del246 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:13 pm
by David-Main » Sat Jun 22, 2013 3:17 pm
by Meatball » Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:11 pm
Iain Watson did it an easier way if you are concerned re the terrain/distance.
GLW, I think you'll be fine.
by gyles » Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:43 pm
I'm planning on doing this one this year, looking at doing the opposite route round, the climbing 1st at Braeriach and walk out through the Lairig Ghru. The boulder fields look testing though!
by Collaciotach » Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:24 pm
by Del246 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:25 am
dogplodder wrote:I feel your mate's pain with the camera. It's always a toss up between the larger SLR and wee compact and I'm coming to conclusion for all the difference in quality the wee camera is a lot easier. I've still to do Devil's Point and can't decide if a long walk from Glen Feshie or a long walk from Sugarbowl is better... but now leaning towards doing it your way. Just need someone to do it with!
Think I agree with Meatball, the best way to tackle The Devils Point is via the Corrour Bothy. If you get views its looks awesome.
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