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Cairn Gorm (Glen Lyon) Circuit

Cairn Gorm (Glen Lyon) Circuit

Postby The_Greenman2000 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:28 pm

Munros included on this walk: Càrn Gorm, Càrn Mairg, Creag Mhòr (Meall na Aighean), Meall Garbh (Càrn Mairg)

Date walked: 16/10/2017

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 18.4 km

Ascent: 1401m

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Another misty, wet start with a slow slog up to Cairn Gorm. A top we didn't really get to appreciate until half way around the circuit.
Cairn Gorm (left).jpg
Our route ahead

Cairn Gorm summit.jpg
Wet and windy Cairn Gorm

Fallen Trig.jpg
Toppled Trig

A simple decent took us out of the mist and Maell Garbh was soon reached, following the old Victorian steel fence line. This stuff seems to be everywhere, the Lakes and also further North in Scotland. makes for an eerie feeling in the mist.
Maell Garbh metal cairn.jpg
Ironwork cairn...seriously who picks this stuff up and builds a cairn?

Then the mist lifted:
View back to Cairn Gorm from Maell Garbh.jpg
like magic

More ironwork on the way to Carn Mairg
More iron on the way.jpg
Cairn Gorm in the distance

View to Carn Mairg.jpg
Carn Mairg behind lonely iron post

Carn Mairg summit cairn.jpg
Carn Mairg summit cairn

The main crag on the summit, which is far more interesting than the cairn, seems to be made of a coarse quartz grit stone like nothing I've seen in the area before.
There then follows a steep fun, well marked decent and a slightly more boring ascent to Creag Mhor, where great view were once again unavailable.
Creag Mhor Summit cairn.jpg
Creag Mhor dullness

The decent was fairly uninspiring, however once the mist cleared the route we had taken looked pretty cool.
View back of our walk route.jpg
View back to Cairn Gorm (left) and Carn Mairg (right) once the mist lifted
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