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Creag nan Gabhar & Morrone

Creag nan Gabhar & Morrone


Postby Gordie12 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:41 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Creag nan Gabhar, Morrone

Date walked: 27/08/2013

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 23.4 km

Ascent: 1066m

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After 5 days in the garage I finally have my car back so time to get out and do a couple of hills before I find myself back in work bemoaning my lack of days out.

I liked the look of Creag nan Gabhar, having walked up Glen Callater so many times over the years (heading for various different Munros) I had never done this Corbett.

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Car Park at Auchallater - £2.50 Contribution!!


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Usual start heading towards Loch Callater


An easy first kilometre to get the legs going then a right turn up a bulldozed track and the climbing starts. It's quite a steep climb initially heading North before turning and heading South up a broad ridge.

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Looking up Glen Callater


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Looking South along the ridge


The gradient eases along the ridge with views opening up down to Braemar and Ben Avon, over to Lochnagar, down to Loch Callater and the hills beyond as well as up Glen Clunie.

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Loch Callater


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First view of the summit


After an hour and three quarters I was on the summit.

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Creag nan Gabhar summit


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Summit 2


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Braemar


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Return track


Initially, my plan was to head for Loch Callater and then return on the main track but on the summit of Creag nan Gabhar I decided to take in Morrone as well so I just retraced my steps.

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Callater Burn


Back at the car in under 3 hours and looking forward to Morrone. Creag nan Gabhar was good fun, strange how you can be in an area you are so familiar with and just a different track gives totally different angles and views of hills - what a change from the usual walk up Glen Callater.

Back at the car park I headed South along the road for about 100 yards to the end of the fence on the right where a small track meanders down to a bridge over Clunie Water. Once over the bridge, the track follows the far bank to the corner of the fence then follows the fence away from the river and up to the minor road that runs down to Braemar. The track up Morrone is only about 20 yards down the road towards Braemar so very quickly I'm heading up on to the lower slopes of the hill. The gradient was comfortable and it was an easy walk, gaining height fairly quickly.

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Start of track up Morrone


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Nearly stood on this guy.............


When I reached a point where the views to the North were visible I just had to stop and take them in. This is probably the best hill I've ever been on for views to the Cairngorms - absolutely stunning.

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Photos just don't do this view justice


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Morrone summit


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Mast on summit


The views are so good from this hill that the mast and building just don't matter. I was on the summit for longer than any hill recently just taking in all the hills in a 360 panorama :D :D

Like Creag nan Gabhar it would be better to do this hill as a circular but I decided to just retrace my steps and head back down the same way I came.

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Track back to Auchallater


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Looking down to Auchallater


Back down in the glen it's surprising how warm it is, a really warm finish in the late August sunshine.

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Clunie Water


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Clunie Water (again)


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Clunie Water (and again)


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And finally...........


Back at the car the temperature gauge is showing 75, probably an exaggeration but it was really warm in the sun. It made for a good walk putting these two Corbetts together.
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Re: Creag nan Gabhar & Morrone

Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:42 am

I was reading this and not recognised the hill Gordie, I approached from the South shoulder from the Allt a' Mhaide gully quite steep in winter conditions. It's a nice easy stroll coming down the long North ridge, and as you say good views all around, I saved £2.50 though :lol: :lol: but had to endure a walk along the road back to the car at the end of the day :( Morrone also a fine vantage point! :)
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Re: Creag nan Gabhar & Morrone

Postby Gordie12 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:34 pm

The Rodmiester wrote:I was reading this and not recognised the hill Gordie, I approached from the South shoulder from the Allt a' Mhaide gully quite steep in winter conditions. It's a nice easy stroll coming down the long North ridge, and as you say good views all around, I saved £2.50 though :lol: :lol: but had to endure a walk along the road back to the car at the end of the day :( Morrone also a fine vantage point! :)


Hi Rod - had I done this as a circular your route up would have been my way down then I would have headed round to Loch Callater. The ridge I took from the North is wide but really good views (at least I thought they were good until I was on top of Morrone - fantastic).
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Re: Creag nan Gabhar & Morrone

Postby gmr82 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:37 pm

Hi Gordie

You're right about the views from Morrone, an absolute cracker. I ascended from Braemar which was also a lovely way to do it. I only recently mapped Creag nan Gabhar for a quick walk/run on a return from Aberdeen. If you ever head back to Braemar you should take a quick walk up Creag Choinnich - the hill that overlooks Braemar. The views per effort ratio is excellent!
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Re: Creag nan Gabhar & Morrone

Postby Gordie12 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 9:53 pm

gmr82 wrote:Hi Gordie

You're right about the views from Morrone, an absolute cracker. I ascended from Braemar which was also a lovely way to do it. I only recently mapped Creag nan Gabhar for a quick walk/run on a return from Aberdeen. If you ever head back to Braemar you should take a quick walk up Creag Choinnich - the hill that overlooks Braemar. The views per effort ratio is excellent!


Hi Gav

You might not enjoy Creag nan Gabhar as much as Morrone, the views aren't as good but having done all the Munros in this part of the world loads of times it was good for me to have a bit of variety in an area I'm so familiar with.

I'll stick Creag Choinnich on my winter list - still haven't done your Daer Reservoir circuit (I was hoping to do them while on holiday over the last couple of weeks but being without a car for 5 days knackered me).
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Re: Creag nan Gabhar & Morrone

Postby litljortindan » Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:13 am

Thanks for posting. Always on the look out for new walks to try in this area. Went up Morrone in May when there was still some snow on the Cairngorms and the view fairly bowled my wife over. And me! But she got there first.
Haven't been round any of the Loch Callater hills so this could be an introduction for us.
Good pictures and very informative about the terrain.
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Re: Creag nan Gabhar & Morrone

Postby Gordie12 » Sun Sep 01, 2013 12:28 pm

litljortindan wrote:Thanks for posting. Always on the look out for new walks to try in this area. Went up Morrone in May when there was still some snow on the Cairngorms and the view fairly bowled my wife over. And me! But she got there first.
Haven't been round any of the Loch Callater hills so this could be an introduction for us.
Good pictures and very informative about the terrain.


Hi

I tend not to hang around too long on summits but the views from Morrone (and Ben Rinnes on friday) were just stunning. I've still to climb Ben Avon and I was able to see the track I will need to follow when I come to do it.

Hope you enjoy Creag nan Gabhar when you do it (and you get to the top before the Mrs :lol: )
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Re: Creag nan Gabhar & Morrone

Postby wjshaw2 » Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:39 pm

I love the caterpillar! So colourful and furry. Glad you didn't tread on him :D
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Re: Creag nan Gabhar & Morrone

Postby Gordie12 » Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:35 pm

wjshaw2 wrote:I love the caterpillar! So colourful and furry. Glad you didn't tread on him :D


I've seen a few of these recently, their really big (for caterpillars).
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