Braemar meet on our lonesome.(new years day)
by davetherave » Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:30 pm
Route description: Culardoch and Creag an Dail Bheag, Keiloch
Corbetts included on this walk: Creag an Dail Bheag, Culardoch
Date walked: 01/01/2011
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 23 km
Ascent: 920mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Completed by. Dave, Julie and Wilson
Weather. Clear at times, snow flurries. Very cold on summits
Distance. 23 km
Ascent. 920 m
Munro’s x 0
Corbett’s x 2
Grahams x 0
Culardoch and Carn Liath
Keiloch car park
Due to the Braemar meet being cancelled because of the weather conditions mid December, we decided that New years day would be as good a day as any to get the above hills completed.
We were at The Spittal of Glenshee walking the day before. Conditions were good on the hills and the roads, that was when we decided on walking rather than drinking. Haha.
I stuck with the route I had roughly planned when the Braemar meet thread was 1st launched. It was a fairly big route for this time of year, but the ascent was less than 1000m and the forecast looked reasonable.
Got started earlier than the day before, we had to because this was a bigger round. Left Keiloch car park at 9.30am and had broke the legs in by the time we reached Invercauld House.
We headed north for approx 6km, just past Tom na h Eirig 606m, weather looked like it might clear to give good views of the surrounding hills, but it never really happened.
On the OS map it shows a hut south of Bealach Dearg. We headed NE 300m/400m prior to the hut straight for the summit. I fitted my crampons at 700m, but could quite easily put them on much sooner.
The wind had picked up near Tom na h Eirig, and once our 1st summit was reached it was bloody perishing. Extremely cold and no views we quickly moved on.
We dropped down to the Bealach Dearg and prepared for the 250m climb. There were plenty nice steep bits to play on, some mini ice fields that got the leg muscles working. On reaching the summit you could just see in the distance the true summit. A slow arc round the hill on good ground would soon have us at Carn Liath’s cairn.
From the summit we followed a drystane dyke all the way to the forest that sits south of Craig a Chait. We then exited the woods slightly NW of Invercauld House. Leaving a nice walk back to the car.
by dooterbang » Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:07 pm
Brilliant photo of the big doggy
Looks like you had loads of fun.
Hapy New Year.
by Merry-walker » Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:24 pm
The meet wasn't cancelled for me, I was the only crazy lass that hiked up there.
Brillo pics and report, it sure looks a great walk.
by rockhopper » Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:08 pm
by Alastair S » Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:36 am
by Paul Webster » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:10 am
by smudger831 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:41 am
by Graeme D » Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:57 pm
Paul Webster wrote:I'll second that the last pic of Wilson is his best portrait yet
I prefer the one of him at Culardoch trig - looks like he's preparing for take-off ..... backwards!
by Caberfeidh » Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:07 pm
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by skuk007 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:40 pm
Alastair S wrote:...a mobile anemometer...
Had to look that one up, makes sense now. I'm sure Wilson loves his long walkies but I'm still waiting for a picture of him smiling.
by Graeme D » Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:12 pm
skuk007 wrote:I'm sure Wilson loves his long walkies but I'm still waiting for a picture of him smiling.
I tell you, that dog has got "deadpan" down to a fine art - the Jack Dee of the canine hill walking fraternity.