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49,587 steps in the Cairngorms

49,587 steps in the Cairngorms


Postby Fife Flyer » Sun May 03, 2015 3:19 pm

Route description: Beinn Mheadhoin and Derry Cairngorm from Deeside

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Mheadhoin, Derry Cairngorm

Date walked: 01/05/2015

Time taken: 9.9 hours

Distance: 32 km

Ascent: 1500m

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Watching the weather forecast and the first promising day for the best part of a week, decision was made to hit the hills. The forecast looked slightly better in the east so I scanned over the Cairngorm routes and opted to tackle Beinn Mheadhoin and Derry Cairngorm.
Karen contacted me and offered to tag along, we are both conscious to try and get fit for our imminent trip to Skye in a couple of weeks :wink:
We knew we were in for a long day and it certainly turned out that way, having surveyed the hills from a distance we decided to leave the winter gear in the car 8)
We had agreed to meet in Perth (as usual) and Karen would act as co-pilot and arrived at the Linn of Dee car park just after 8.30am.

ImageDSCF1245 by martin_beswick, Car park through the trees

ImageDSCF1247 by martin_beswick, Nice wooden path

ImageDSCF1251 by martin_beswick, Karen in the distance, taking some of her 49,500 steps

In respect of the title, it was Karen that took all those steps, I probably took slightly more than half :lol:

ImageDSCF1252 by martin_beswick, the hills peeking above the trees

ImageDSCF1259 by martin_beswick, hills getting slightly nearer

ImageDSCF1258 by martin_beswick, Karen demonstrating her balancing skills :lol:

ImageDSCF1266 by martin_beswick, Rain forest in Scotland?

The path to Derry Lodge is a good wide track and quite a bit of time could be saved by using a two wheeled pedaling machine :lol: It seems such a shame that what looks like a good solid building is standing empty with all the numerous windows boarded up, would be a great place for a bunk house 8)
Once Derry Lodge is reached we turned right up a smaller path that avoids crossing Derry Burn, we did admire the new bridge and for a temporary structure looked pretty good to me :wink:
In the distance we saw a couple of figures who we caught up with fairly quickly, mainly because of the handicap difference :lol: They were planning to camp/bothy over the weekend, hope you guys managed to stay dry :wink:
The path then winds it's way along through Glen Derry, when it eventually splits, we took the left hand fork which took us over a 'simple' bridge :wink:

ImageDSCF1275 by martin_beswick, Path, even I couldn't lose it :lol:

ImageDSCF1276 by martin_beswick, nice little bridge

ImageDSCF1277 by martin_beswick, Concentration :wink:

ImageDSCF1283 by martin_beswick, as we reached the top of Glen Derry the path then turned left into Coire Etchachan

ImageDSCF1289 by martin_beswick, Coire Etchachan, with the wee bothy barely visible

ImageDSCF1290 by martin_beswick, Zoomed shot

ImageDSCF1293 by martin_beswick, Is there a more sheltered bothy?

ImageDSCF1297 by martin_beswick, Picking our way up to the bealach, superb backdrop :wink:

ImageDSCF1294 by martin_beswick, Karen enjoying the snow, would it last :lol:

Once the bothy was reached, we had a peek inside :wink: It was at that time we reached the snow level and from then on it just varied in depth 8) Loch Etchachan looked really picturesque, partly frozen and partly snow covered, hopefully the photo's will do it justice :wink:

ImageDSCF1304 by martin_beswick, Loch Etchachan

ImageDSCF1306 by martin_beswick, slightly different angle

ImageDSCF1309 by martin_beswick, Looking down on the Loch, the weather was doing it's best to interfere :(

ImageDSCF1312 by martin_beswick, Weather interference again :roll:

ImageDSCF1313 by martin_beswick, Not sure what Karen was taking a picture of :lol:

The climb up Stob Coire Etchachan to the barns of Beinn Mheadhoin was tough going, I tried to avoid any deep snow, however that is far easier said than done and as I was trail blazing it was just a matter of picking our way up.
One thing I haven't mentioned is the numerous times we stopped either to remove layers, add layers, add jacket, remove jacket - we did try and plan ahead before the showers struck :wink: Another factor was the constant change in temperature and that was with very little wind to add to the confusion :lol:

ImageDSCF1319 by martin_beswick, shot to the NW from the summit plateau of Beinn Mheadhoin

ImageDSCF1320 by martin_beswick, one of the half dozen or so barns on the summit plateau

ImageDSCF1324 by martin_beswick, the biggest barn

We met 4 guys who were heading up as we were rapidly descending down the snow, hope you guys enjoyed the day :wink:

ImageDSCF1325 by martin_beswick, back down at the ford that crosses over the run off from Loch Etchachan

ImageDSCF1329 by martin_beswick, the way ahead to Derry Cairngorm, met up with a couple of guys doing the same route in reverse :clap: :clap:

ImageDSCF1335 by martin_beswick, Macdui in the background

ImageDSCF1340 by martin_beswick, one of our local feathered friends

The route up to Derry Cairngorm was tough to start with mainly because we started heading up Creagan a' Choire Etchachan, once we realised we were slightly off the beaten track we traversed to the right and things were fairly easy after that. As you will appreciate we had no path or foot prints to follow, so it was navigating using the mark one eyeball and Maverick :lol:

ImageDSCF1344 by martin_beswick, Karen smiling on the 2nd summit

ImageDSCF1349 by martin_beswick,

ImageDSCF1351 by martin_beswick,

ImageDSCF1357 by martin_beswick, Nice shaped rocks snuggling up together

The descent off Derry Cairngorm was easy at first as we had footsteps to follow and aid our descent route :wink: Once we reached the bottom of the snow line the path was very obvious and it was just a matter of heading down, down and down. The views of Glen Derry and Glen Lui were spectacular 8)

ImageDSCF1358 by martin_beswick, Glen Lui

ImageDSCF1360 by martin_beswick, Glen Lui zoomed

ImageDSCF1361 by martin_beswick, Glen Derry

ImageDSCF1362 by martin_beswick, Glen Derry zoomed

ImageDSCF1367 by martin_beswick, Group of teenagers setting up camp next to the Derry Burn

ImageDSCF1372 by martin_beswick, Karen posing on the "new" bridge

Once over the Derry Burn it was just a matter of knocking off the miles back to the car park, the constant light drizzle didn't make the walk back very pleasant :lol:
Big THANKS to Karen for your great company again and of course for the dinner - eventually :lol: I won't mention where we ate, but we won't be rushing back :( Having to wait 30 minutes before you can order your food and then another 40 minutes before it arrives doesn't quite meet the 'fast food' criteria :lol:
Next :wink:
Last edited by Fife Flyer on Mon May 04, 2015 6:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: 49,500 steps in the Cairngorms

Postby litljortindan » Sun May 03, 2015 6:06 pm

That looks great. Drove past the northern Cairngorms the same day on my way to Stob Coire Sgriodain and could see showers over Cairngorm direction but also a lot of sunlit and clear tops from proximity of Aviemore. Great pictures of the loch and from the summits, all the better for the varied weather I'd say. Seem to be getting a new lease of hillwalking life this year so this definitely on the to do list for some time soon.
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Re: 49,500 steps in the Cairngorms

Postby AnnieMacD » Sun May 03, 2015 8:38 pm

That was great! I've often wondered how many steps I walk when out for a long day on the hills - I probably do twice that again :lol: I'll never get to the Cairngorms so it's good to read all the reports. Hope you get good weather on Skye.
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Re: 49,500 steps in the Cairngorms

Postby teaandpies » Sun May 03, 2015 9:37 pm

I carry a (the unfortunately named) pedometer when I go walking. It gives you steps, distance and calories.

It's always an interesting sub plot to the day.
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Re: 49,500 steps in the Cairngorms

Postby Collaciotach » Sun May 03, 2015 10:52 pm

Beinn Mheadhoinn probably my favourite in the Monadh Ruaidh :D

Good report :clap:
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Re: 49,500 steps in the Cairngorms

Postby kmai1961 » Mon May 04, 2015 7:54 am

ahem -- 49,587 -- truth in journalism, and all that. :lol:

Nice report, Martin, and thanks for driving. This was my first deep foray into the Cairngorms from the east, and it gave me a new/renewed appreciation for all their grandeur.

Another glorious day!
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Re: 49,500 steps in the Cairngorms

Postby Beaner001 » Mon May 04, 2015 12:06 pm

A beast of a walk that Martin, and in those conditions too = well done & Karen too. Love the Monadh Ruaidh :clap:
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Re: 49,500 steps in the Cairngorms

Postby Graeme D » Mon May 04, 2015 5:50 pm

Great stuff. One of my favourite circuits! 8)
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Re: 49,500 steps in the Cairngorms

Postby Fife Flyer » Mon May 04, 2015 6:55 pm

kmai1961 wrote:ahem -- 49,587 -- truth in journalism, and all that. :lol:
Nice report, Martin, and thanks for driving. This was my first deep foray into the Cairngorms from the east, and it gave me a new/renewed appreciation for all their grandeur. Another glorious day!


Title now amended, wasn't a bad guess :lol:

Thanks to the rest of you for the kind words :wink: The Cairngorms will be calling me back very soon :wink:
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