walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Ben Macdui, Derry Cairngorm & Carn a'Mhaim

Ben Macdui, Derry Cairngorm & Carn a'Mhaim


Postby Jokester » Sat Aug 29, 2015 3:03 pm

Route description: Ben Macdui and Derry Cairngorm

Munros included on this walk: Ben Macdui, Carn a'Mhaim, Derry Cairngorm

Date walked: 22/08/2015

Time taken: 9.5 hours

Distance: 31.1 km

Ascent: 1702m

2 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

I had planned going to the West coast with a couple of friends, but the weather wasn't looking too great so we made a last minute change to the Cairngorms.

Arriving at about half past eight it looked like it was a great day for walking

ImageIMG_0275 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Looking back down towards the Linn of Dee

Out route took us towards Derry Cairngorm first, via Carn Crom, the path rises quite quickly from Derry Lodge skirting past the actual top before making a direct route for Derry Cairngorm.

ImageIMG_0279 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Looking back towards Carn Crom

ImageIMG_0281 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Beinn Mheadhoin summit tors from Derry Cairngorm

ImageIMG_0282 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Ben Macdui in the clouds

Looking up at Ben Macdui, we could see that the summit was in the clouds, so rather than stop at the top, we decided to stop just above Loch Etchachan to have lunch and enjoy the scenery.

ImageIMG_0288 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Loch Etchachan

ImageIMG_0290 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Derry Cairngorm

The very top of Ben Macdui was in the clouds and after only seeing a few people on the way up we came across the crowds at the top, most of whom were coming and going from Cairngorm.

ImageIMG_0291 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Summit of Ben Macdui

After 10 minutes at the top, we took a bearing and headed off for the last peak of the day - Carn a'Mhaim.

ImageIMG_0296 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Carn a'Mhaim and connecting ridge

ImageIMG_0297 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Devil's Point

ImageIMG_0298 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Looking back at Ben Macdui

ImageIMG_0300 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr
Carn a'Mhaim summit cairn

From the top of Carn a'Mhaim it's a long trudge back to the Linn of Dee and you always regret not taking the mountain bike! A long days walk, but thoroughly rewarding.
Attachments

Track 009.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts

Jokester
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 57
Munros:67   
Joined: Apr 30, 2011
Location: Aberdeenshire

Re: Ben Macdui, Derry Cairngorm & Carn a'Mhaim

Postby spiderwebb » Sun Aug 30, 2015 1:12 pm

Fine hills these, and not the rounded 'lumps' as often referred when seen from distance, well worth the effort to explore. :D
User avatar
spiderwebb
Mountaineer
 
Posts: 1484
Munros:95   Corbetts:15
Grahams:3   Donalds:1
Hewitts:108
Wainwrights:68   
Joined: May 18, 2011
Location: Miltonduff, Elgin

2 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).



Walkhighlands community forum is now advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: AWC88, miles_andrews, rockhopper, The Rodmiester and 34 guests