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Return to the Cairnwell Trio

Return to the Cairnwell Trio


Postby jupe1407 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:50 am

Route description: The Cairnwell Munros

Munros included on this walk: Carn a'Gheoidh, Carn Aosda, The Cairnwell

Date walked: 12/10/2013

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 12.1 km

Ascent: 678m

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I'd done a quick round of the Cairnwell munros a few months back, and hadn't really envisaged doing them again, even though I hadn't found them to be nearly as bad as i'd heard or expected. However, with my other half now getting the walking bug, and keen to get some practice in before the Kinlochleven Meet, we decided to head back there for an easy triple bag and a doubling of her munro count. Additionally the forecast was excellent, which always helps :lol:

We arrived at the Ski Centre Car Park around 9am, and after some faffing around etc, we set off at about 9:30am. I'd previously done these anti-clockwise from Carn Aosda, so fancied a wee change. Slightly steeper up the Cairnwell, but a gentler descent of Aosda. We headed for the Cairnwell Resturant then just cut off and headed straight up one of the ski runs. After a steep and occasionally wet mini-slog, we reached the snow fence at the top of the ski run. It was a cracker of a day.

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A battle-scarred Carn Aosda


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North Glen Shee


It's been said before here, but the high-level start does make these hills really easy to ascend. After that short ascent from the restaurant, this is what was left to get to the summit.

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Cairnwell Summit


In hardly any time at all, we arrived at the "interesting" summit area. The weather was tremendous, with a cool breeze, and the views were fine.

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AnneJ on summit hut/cairn combination


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South Glen Shee


After a wee daunder about the summit area, we decided to have a quick bite to eat, then headed back down to the bealach and started to cut across towards Carn a'Gheoidh, skirting Creag a'Choire Dhirich. After a wee while (and a few photo stops, we arrived at the short pull up to Carn a'Gheoidh's summit plateau.

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AnneJ at Carn a'Gheoidh's summit


This is my favourite of the three hills here, nice and remote, and well away from the scarring of the ski developments. We sat and had lunch here, enjoying the views of Beinn a'Ghlo, Glas Tulaichean, Carn an Right and Beinn Lutharn Mor. The High 'Gorms looked promising for some photos later on as well.

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Beinn a'Ghlo range


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Glas Tulaichean


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Distant Peaks


After a wee while here, we were started to get a bit cold, so decided to track back and finish the circuit. The weather was terrific, and out of the wind it was like the middle of summer.

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Mount Blair


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View back to Carn a'Gheoidh


A nice meander back to the snow fence and we took the main path up to Carn Aosda. The views from the summit were tremendous, with Ben MacDui and co looking especially fine.

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AnneJ at Carn Aosda's Summit


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Ben MacDui, Carn a'Mhaim and Derry Cairngorm


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Devil's Point to Braeriach


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Beinn a'Bhuird?


We stayed here a good while, it really was a cracker of a day. Eventually though, we dragged ourselves back down the easy and straightforward decent path.

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Last Look at The Cairnwell


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Wildlife


We were soon back at the car park (sort walk outs are excellent) and away home for some well deserved scran and a cuppy. All in all, a terrific day.

One final question, has the Ski Area become a dumping ground for a series of awful pieces of art work? The statues are weird enough, but is that silver pipe thing on the car park side a piece of artwork, or some seriously left-field plumbing?


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Re: Return to the Cairnwell Trio

Postby PeteR » Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:52 am

Some superb photos jupe :D Especially those back to the main plateau :D

I actually enjoy these three, despite the carnage on the Cairnwell. Glad you had such great weather for your return visit :D
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Re: Return to the Cairnwell Trio

Postby jupe1407 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:59 am

PeteR wrote:Some superb photos jupe :D Especially those back to the main plateau :D

I actually enjoy these three, despite the carnage on the Cairnwell. Glad you had such great weather for your return visit :D


Thanks mate. Yeah i quite like them as well. The Ski developments are a mess, but i love the remote feeling of Carn a'Gheoidh. It's a nice stroll out there and back as well. Also gave me a nice view of Glas T and Carn an Righ etc. Would like to get a couple of those done this year.
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Re: Return to the Cairnwell Trio

Postby AnneJ » Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:17 pm

Thanks a lot to my guide for the day :D I'll not bore everyone with another walk report of the same thing (and it wouldn't be nearly as entertaining a read as this one) but if you want to see my photos of the day you can view them on my facebook page here ..... https://www.facebook.com/AnneJohnstonPhotography
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Re: Return to the Cairnwell Trio

Postby laconic surf » Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:55 pm

Great photos as always JP.
I saw feck all when I did these 3, mind you, when it came to the Cairnwell this was probably not such as bad thing as half the crap left up there was lost in the clag :lol:

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Re: Return to the Cairnwell Trio

Postby jupe1407 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:58 pm

laconic surf wrote:Great photos as always JP.
I saw feck all when I did these 3, mind you, when it came to the Cairnwell this was probably not such as bad thing as half the crap left up there was lost in the clag :lol:

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Bloody hell Lucas! Impressive clag there! It's a midden of a summit.
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Re: Return to the Cairnwell Trio

Postby Sarah86 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:58 pm

Great photos, it was a cracking day yesterday and I think we might have past you? I think I recognise the lady with the camera. I was with my sister and we had out dog with us.
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Re: Return to the Cairnwell Trio

Postby jupe1407 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:04 pm

Sarah86 wrote:Great photos, it was a cracking day yesterday and I think we might have past you? I think I recognise the lady with the camera. I was with my sister and we had out dog with us.


Was that on the way up/down Carn Aosda? Yeah i remember that!

Yesterday was a terrific day :-)
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