Cairnwell 3, If Carlsberg done Munros, it wouldn't be these!
by ScotFinn65 » Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:16 am
Route description: The Cairnwell Munros
Munros included on this walk: Carn a'Gheoidh, Carn Aosda, The Cairnwell
Date walked: 29/05/2019
Time taken: 3.3 hours
Distance: 13.9 km
Ascent: 712mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
I packed my day bag and started across the road, past the main ski centre and then past the ski cafe. The tracks were easy to follow and with clear skies, navigation was not an issue. Carn Aosda (my first targt was right there in front of me).
Following the tracks made the walking simple and the gradient was also quite forgiving. Within an hour, I was on the first summit. It felt like cheating somehow. Barely 2km and only 400m ascent seemed rediculous
The views were pretty good. Despite the scars on the landscape on the Cairnwell and Carn Aosda, I could see east to the rest of the Glen Shee Munros, North West to the Cairn Gorm and Ben Macdui area and south, over the the Cairnwell and beyond. I was happy again to be out on the Munros.
The next target was Carn a'Gheoidh. The path back to the junction to the Cairnwell ascent was easy walking and then I headed south west. The visibility was still good and I could see the summit in the distance and a minor top on the way. There were still plenty views toward Cairn Gorm area.
As I headed toward Carn a'Gheoidh, the mist started to roll in but visibility was still fairly ok. Just the summits were in sparse cloud.
Again, the walking was easy, with no stepp pulls up the hills, the day was very pleasant and the pace relaxed. Navigation continued to be easy, with clear paths all the way. Soon I was approaching the second summit and after a short ascent I reached a fairly wide plateau area with 2 cairns. The cairns were some 200m apart but it was easy to identify the true summit.
Returning toward the east, I retraced my steps and headed toward the lower ground between the out-lying Carn a'Gheoidh and the other two hills. I then had to make my first decision of the day. The ascent to Cairnwell looked pretty straight, over a small summit or around the side of it, following the path.
I could save a km but I couldn't see in the dip after the minor top, so I decided it would be better to follow the path, that smarter people than me created, than end up with a 400m drop and re-ascent.
I reached the main tracks between Cairnwell and Carn Aosda again but time headed south toward Cairnwell. There is a slight pull up toward this summit but not too taxing and great wide paths all the way.
Passing the ski lifts on the way, I began to realise how bad the legacy of man on these hills really was. From the ski tow until the Cairnwell summit can only be described as "ugly" I have to say that my lasting impressing on me from this day was the state of the Cairnwell. I was seriously not impressed.
It was unfortunate as some of the views from the top, and particularly up and down Glen Shee, were beautiful. I enjoyed my day and it was the easiest 3 Munros I have walked to date. I can easily recommend these for people wanting to start bagging. Navigation is easy in the ski area and tracks make walking a dawdle.
I walked back toward the ascent path and descended back to the car park. Looking around again, there were some great hills for tomorrow.
Now it was off to Braemar for some well-earned food and a good night's sleep before the east side of Glen Shee tomorrow
by Sgurr » Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:52 am
by jmarkb » Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:27 am
by ScotFinn65 » Thu Apr 30, 2020 7:48 pm
Sgurr wrote:Whether or not approved by Carslberg, if circumstances allowed, I'd do them like a shot today...anything to get a hill fix. And being 3 of them, very good for bagging, so ideal for a 10 year old visitor from the US on her Dad's annual trip to Scotland wanting to outdo her big brothers' totals of 1 and 2 Munros respectively. We did them the Balloch Burn route. She got a sort of pair of antlers as well. This was 2007, so she is now a grown up (?) biochemist I think
Yes, they make easy bagging for sure. I should have known what l was in for when 2 out of the 3 were in the bottom 3 of Munros by user rating
by RiverSong » Fri May 01, 2020 10:06 am
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by KatTai » Fri May 01, 2020 7:55 pm
ScotFinn65 wrote:Sgurr wrote:Whether or not approved by Carslberg, if circumstances allowed, I'd do them like a shot today...anything to get a hill fix. And being 3 of them, very good for bagging, so ideal for a 10 year old visitor from the US on her Dad's annual trip to Scotland wanting to outdo her big brothers' totals of 1 and 2 Munros respectively. We did them the Balloch Burn route. She got a sort of pair of antlers as well. This was 2007, so she is now a grown up (?) biochemist I think
Yes, they make easy bagging for sure. I should have known what l was in for when 2 out of the 3 were in the bottom 3 of Munros by user ratingScreenshot_20200426-161922.png
I've done 6 of the bottom 10, keep thinking I should make an effort to bag the remaining 4
The Cainwell is my least favourite I've done, even if I have been up there three times and will probably repeat it again this year
by bar72 » Thu May 14, 2020 1:05 pm