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Cairnwell Three

Cairnwell Three


Postby Jokester » Sun Aug 02, 2015 6:07 pm

Route description: The Cairnwell Munros

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

Date walked: 02/08/2015

Time taken: 2.5 hours

Distance: 10.9 km

Ascent: 657m

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Looked like it was going to be a fine morning according to the weather report, so decided to take the opportunity to get a quick hike in this morning. Headed up to Glen Shee and the Cairnwell three.

Arrived at 9am, and the sun was still shining, but a few clouds about.
ImageIMG_0225 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Looking back at the ski centre.

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Looking up towards the summit of Carn Aosda

ImageIMG_0228 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
The summit itself is a bit unassuming.

ImageIMG_0229 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Looking towards the next top, Carn a'Gheoidh, from Carn Aosda.

ImageIMG_0230 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Someone camping at Loch Vrotachan.

ImageIMG_0232 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Still patches of snow clinging to the hills.

ImageIMG_0234 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Carn a'Gheoidh summit cairn looking West

ImageIMG_0235 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Looking North towards the Cairngorms, still some very big patches left over there.

ImageIMG_0237 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Closer view of the North.

ImageIMG_0236 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
And looking back East towards Carn Aosda and The Cairnwell and Lochnager in the further distance.

ImageIMG_0238 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Time to head back to Glen Shee via The Cairnwell.

ImageIMG_0239 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Decided to avoid heading back up to the ski centre tracks but rather take the direct route.

ImageIMG_0241 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
The less said about this one the better to be honest!

ImageIMG_0243 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Looking back up the old Cairnwell chairlift which is currently being removed. Doubt they'll get it replaced with the new one before the start of the new ski season which is a shame, as the Tiger is a great little run!

In the end, I think I just timed it to perfection as the clouds were rolling in and it was looking a little grey when I got back to the car, great day.
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Re: Cairnwell Three

Postby dogplodder » Sun Aug 02, 2015 6:31 pm

Lovely day for it. Carn a'Gheoidh is surprisingly pointy as seen from the Glen Ey hills - I didn't remember it being like that from climbing it! 8)
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Re: Cairnwell Three

Postby Jokester » Sun Aug 02, 2015 6:57 pm

Aye, it's a mere bump when approaching from Glen Shee. The walk from that side doesn't really do it justice.
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Re: Cairnwell Three

Postby Driftwood » Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:31 pm

dogplodder wrote:Lovely day for it. Carn a'Gheoidh is surprisingly pointy as seen from the Glen Ey hills - I didn't remember it being like that from climbing it! 8)


There is a pointed top, Carn Bhinnein, about a mile west of Carn a'Gheoidh. I remember that standing out when looking south-east from the Glen Ey group. Carn a'Gheoidh is in the middle of this view and Carn Bhinnein to the right of centre.
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Southeast from Beinn Iutharn Bheag


For all the criticism, these hills do have their wilder and more scenic sides. And the Cairnwell has one advantage as a viewpoint: all of the other hills you're looking at aren't the Cairnwell :lol:
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Re: Cairnwell Three

Postby dogplodder » Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:37 pm

Ah, so that's what it was. 8)
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Re: Cairnwell Three

Postby Jokester » Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:43 pm

:D
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