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Carn Glas-choire - a short one from Speyside

Carn Glas-choire - a short one from Speyside

Postby malky_c » Mon Jun 21, 2010 5:50 pm

Fionas included on this walk: Càrn Glas-choire

Date walked: 18/06/2010

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 400m

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When I started writing up walk reports about 6 months ago, I was only going to bother with the best ones. However, I seem to have got a bit carried away, and so far, everything I've done this year has been documented. Nothing wrong with this hill, but the report is probably only of interest to some.

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My original plan had been to head up onto the Cairngorm plateau for a quick morning walk, but time was limited, and there was a cap of cloud sitting across the Northern Corries. Probably a good thing, as I still had a cold, and was really just testing the water for a longer day on Saturday. Parked a hundred yards or so past the track for Auchterteang and walked towards the farm. The track goes right past the front door, and as the occupants were around, I said hi. I'm sure I remember an article in the Angry Corrie mentioning access problems here some time back, but they were happy enough for walkers to be passing through. The only gripe they had was with people parking right on the junction of their driveway (something I thankfully hadn't done).
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Carn Glas-choire from the B9007
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Cairngorms from above Auchterteang

From the farm, the track continued towards the hill, passing a stalking bothy en route. Shortly after that, there was a major fork, with the right-hand branch leading off to Drynachan, on the river Findhorn. I believe this route is followed by the Nairnshire Challenge.

My route went off left, and the track ascended almost to the plateau (some maps, including those provided by Multimap, don't show this). A bike could easily be used to this point. From here, a straightforward 10 - 15 min walk across the plateau to the summit trig point.
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Cairngorms from the summit
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Ben Rinnes from the top of the estate track

This hill makes up one of a trio of Grahams in the wedge of land between Strathnairn and the Spey. They are all fairly similar, but this one offers the most varied approach and has the best views of the Cairngorms. Stupidly, I dropped my phone somewhere between the end of the track and the summit, and it took me half an hour of wandering about to find it again! This made me late for picking up my wife from work, so I hurried back down the same route, as it was probably the quickest.
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The bothy
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Cairngorms (now clear of cloud) from the descent

So, not really a hill worth driving hours to, but pleasant enough and with good views of the Cairngorms and Speyside if you happen to be in the area.
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Re: Carn Glas-choire - a short one from Speyside

Postby walk aboot » Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:49 pm

Nice report malky_c, plenty of useful information :)
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Re: Carn Glas-choire - a short one from Speyside

Postby Graeme D » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:09 pm

Doing research into a shortish route on the drive back down from Torridon on Sunday - this looks like it may fit the bill! 8)
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Re: Carn Glas-choire - a short one from Speyside

Postby ChrisW » Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:56 am

Certainly of interest to me Malky, but then I've been off the site for so long I've got withdrawal symptoms :lol: Looks like the kind of hill I used to love. Got to say I'm impressed with your phone finding skills....how much swearing did you do whilst looking for it :lol:
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Re: Carn Glas-choire - a short one from Speyside

Postby kevsbald » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:39 am

Nice wee pad this one. Quite a feeling of isolation on it - the top is oddly spongy though.
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Re: Carn Glas-choire - a short one from Speyside

Postby hills » Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:36 pm

Interest to me too, like these type of freedom walks, have this planned soon. :D
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Re: Carn Glas-choire - a short one from Speyside

Postby Gog the Mild » Fri Mar 01, 2024 9:47 pm

Thanks Malky, very handy.
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