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Ben Macdui & Cairn Gorm

Ben Macdui & Cairn Gorm


Postby SecretSquirrel » Sun Jun 28, 2015 5:01 pm

Route description: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm

Munros included on this walk: Ben Macdui, Cairn Gorm

Date walked: 28/06/2015

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 18.7 km

Ascent: 932m

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As a last minute decision I followed the weather forecast and headed east for my first proper visit to the actual Cairngorms! I got a lot more than i bargained for. Leaving aside the ski paraphernalia, the area and views are stunning! I will be planning bigger days here very soon!

Leaving the car park and following the track up Miadan Creag an Leth-Choin
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Snow melt filling the Alt Creag an Leth-Coin
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The Y Gully on the cliffs of Coire an Lochain
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The view back across Loch Morlich
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Sgor an Lochaine Uaine aka the Angels Peak and waterfall pouring from Lochan Uaine
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First view of Beinn Mheadhoin and its massive Tors
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The path to Ben Macdui
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Waymarker cairns guiding the way to Macdui's summit
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Left to Right ... Angels Peak, Carn na criche and Braeriach
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Ben Macduii summit. Cairn, Trig and view point
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Lochan Buidhe with Cairn Gorm behind
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Crags over Loch Avon and Beinn Mheadhoin behind
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Came across this little guy. I think its a Snow Bunting?
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Fiacaill Coire an t-Sneachda Butress
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View down Coire an t-Sneachda to Loch Morlich
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Cairn Gorm
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Peaking down a notch beside Aladdin's Couloir
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More of the Coire and its buttress's and gullies
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Cairn Gorm summit cairn
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Summit view across to Loch Etchachan
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Beinn Mheadoin
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The walk down to Ptarmigan Restaurant
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And returning to a car park much busier than this morning!
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Re: Ben Macdui & Cairn Gorm

Postby ancancha » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:04 pm

I've ski toured around here freqently, its nice to see what it looks like underneath.
Liked the snow bunting as well :clap:
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Re: Ben Macdui & Cairn Gorm

Postby BlackPanther » Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:27 am

It's a great circuit, even with all the ski rubbish on Cairngorm :D

Any sign of Big Grey Man?
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Re: Ben Macdui & Cairn Gorm

Postby SecretSquirrel » Mon Jun 29, 2015 12:28 pm

ancancha wrote:I've ski toured around here freqently, its nice to see what it looks like underneath.
Liked the snow bunting as well :clap:


Thanks ancancha! The little Bunting seemed very tame and not worried by me being there. I really was impressed by the views, much more dramatic than I expected.

BlackPanther wrote:It's a great circuit, even with all the ski rubbish on Cairngorm :D

Any sign of Big Grey Man?


Totally agree BP. I had been to Cairn Gorm before doing the tourist thing, but even still it was a shock to the system when came around the cairn and saw the paths, tourists, restaurant etc!

Unfortunately no sighting of the Grey Man :lol: My other half had actually asked for lots of photos from Macdui to look for orbs and shadows :roll: :lol:
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