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Carn Glas-choire mince pie burnoff

Carn Glas-choire mince pie burnoff


Postby malky_c » Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:30 pm

Fionas included on this walk: Càrn Glas-choire

Date walked: 29/12/2018

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 480m

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Grahams: Carn Glas-choire.
Date: 29/12/2018.
Distance: 14 km.
Ascent: 480m.
Time taken: 3 hours, 5 minutes.
Weather: Sunny, very windy, mild (cold wind).

Time to clear a little of the Christmas lard away with a short excursion to the hills. The weather wasn't looking great for going up high so I decided on something a little closer to home. Having been up Carn Glas-choire from Auchterteang previously, I opted for a different approach. Going from the Findhorn near Tomatin looked a bit long and boggy, so I came up with another route starting on the old A9 halfway between Slochd and Carrbridge. In order to save a mile or so of driving, I daftly decided to start at a track leading to a railway bridge and then on to Foregin. After an initial easy walk, the track disappeared into windblown trees and a burn crossing, and the bridge over the railway no longer existed beyond the parapets!


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The ‘track’ from the old A9

I'll not say what I did at the railway, but I decided I would be finding a different way back instead. Easy walking took me through open grazing and short heather across the Allt na Criche to the shoulder of Carn a' Chuaille.

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Near Foregin

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Looking back to Strathspey

Crossing the Allt a' Bhainne was a little harder going - due to the deeper heather rather than the size of the burn. Then an up and down traverse over mainly easy ground (shortish heather and moss) to Carn Loisgte.

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Allt a' Bhainne

A couple of minor peat hags were also crossed on the way, and it was clear that there would be a few more on the final traverse to the summit. I even fell in one!

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Carn Glas-choire from Creag a' Bhainne

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Moss on the plateau

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Loch Braigh Bhruthaich and Carn Glas-choire

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Loch Braigh Bhruthaich

On the final approach to the summit, the wind increased a bit more, to the point of being quite tedious. It wasn't particularly difficult to walk in, but it was quite keen to remove my hat.

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Approaching the summit

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East towards Lochindorb

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South from the summit

I didn't hang around on the summit, retracing my steps briefly along the fenceline before peeling off and dropping down to the Allt Ruigh Magaig. After a heathery descent initially, I joined an estate track which led me easily back to East Foregin.

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Cairngorms

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Cairngorm plateau from the descent

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Lairig Ghru prominent

Not wanting to fight through forest and railway again, I decided to follow the track back towards Baddengorm, then walk back up the road to my car.
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