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There's good and bad in everything, The Glen Shee 7.
by martin.h » Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:58 pm
Route description: Glas Maol Munros circuit, Cairnwell Pass
Munros included on this walk: Cairn of Claise, Carn a' Gheoidh, Carn an Tuirc, Carn Aosda, Creag Leacach, Glas Maol, The Cairnwell
Date walked: 27/06/2014
Time taken: 10 hours
Distance: 28 km
Ascent: 1900mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
From the ski centre the initial climb up Meall Odhar is a steady one, it follows the ski stuff and just before the final slopes of Glas Maol are reached you bear right towards Bathach Beag and the cairn marked on the map. From here the wall starts and the way onwards is obvious all the way to Creag Leacach.
The weather was decent, clouds just brushing the summits but by the time we reached Creag Leacach they were just above the tops and we managed to have some good views from the top.
From here it's backtracking to the cairn then onwards to Glas Maol and we were on the summit 2 hrs 20 mins after setting off from the ski centre. The light was not giving much for any decent photo's it was a bit dark over Lochnagar and further north into the Cairngorms but it was dry and warm.
From Glas Maol to Cairn of Claise is a steady walk on good paths, having good visibility we cut the corner off and took a direct route off the summit and made a beeline for the highly visible path lower down, in mist I can imagine this would not be so easy but we could see the next objective so the cheat was on. The walk over to Cairn of Claise was just pleasant grassy hillwalking on excellent paths and we could relax and enjoy the views. When we got to the summit we decided to have lunch in one of the shelters, I had toyed with including Tom Bhundie and Tolmount from here but decided it would be too much if we did decide on the Cairnwell 3 as well.
After lunch we set off for Carn an Tuirc and found we covered the distance between the two very quickly and when on the summit we looked over to Carn Aosda and decided to go for it and do the 3 as well.
So off we plodded down towards the A93, I kept looking at the way up Carn Aosda and willing it to magically flatten out because it looked a right old slog up the slopes. We arrived at the old bridge, had a quick snack and then committed ourselves to the slope.
Although it looked daunting it was'nt that bad, we took a zig zagging direct route up and once we got into a rhythm we found it steady but were thankful when we arrived at the top.
I was suprised how much the affects of the ski-ing has had on the surrounding hills, I guess all the tracks, signposts, paths and fences take on a different aspect when the snow is covering the slopes, but, wow, in the summer it looks a bit indstrial and untidy. We could see Carn a Gheoidh in the distance, it looked a long way away but off we plodded towards no 6. The way off Carn Aosda is simple to see but walking on the loose stones on the track was tiring and we were thankful when we got onto the path above Loch Vrotachan where the ground became softer. The walk over to Carn a Gheoidh is good, it takes about half hour with a little steep bit onto the summit, good views of the route walked from here and looking back, The Cairnwell was centre stage egging us forward.
When you get closer to The Cairnwell there is an obvious path making a rising traverse across the initial slopes up towards some small crags and then heads towards a ski tow you can just see and then onto The Cairnwell. The final short steep bit onto the summit is loose but over with soon enough. The summit is a bit untidy with the huts and masts, it looks like a military base. We had arrived on the seventh summit of the day and to be honest I was knackered but the sence of achievment in us both outweighed that.
The way down we chose is on the service vehicle tracks all the way to the ski centre which were easy to follow but loose, a bit like walking on marbles. The cafe was closed so no coffee, drat!.
This was an enjoyable walk with several possible start points. I found the ski centre was a convenient start, there is a bit of backtracking on the route but the advantage of having the car more central is welcome at the end of the day. All in all, a good day out and lots of fun.
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by martin.h » Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:13 pm
Hi Rod, We're having a good go at those blue balloons, still trying for 50 this year.
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