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by rockhopper » Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:46 pm
Route description: Gaick Corbetts: An Dun and Meall Creag an Loch
Corbetts included on this walk: An Dun, Maol Creag an Loch (A' Chaoirnich)
Date walked: 28/05/2016
Time taken: 6.5 hours
Distance: 29.2 km
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Passed the cairn at Creag nan Sionnach
Then passed a semi ruin at Badnambiast, over a bridge, cycled through the water at a ford (with two tents set up on the east bank) and passed Sronphadruig Lodge before locking the bike to the fence at the north end of the trees.
Set off for An Dun – still cloudy and overcast at this point but previous light rain had stopped.
At the foot of An Dun, met three walkers descending. They were going back to their tents for food before starting on Maol Creag an Loch. Quite a steep ascent but did find parts of a track here and there.
Fairly featureless and flat summit – passed the first cairn and went to the second. A runner passed by and we had a quick chat – he was heading for Gaick and I was to be passed by him again near the top of Maol Creag an Loch.
Walked along the top then started steeply down towards the north end of the loch.
Looking north towards Gaick Lodge
Briefly considered cutting straight across the pass and heading straight up to the 875m point (A’ Chaoirnich) but quickly saw sense and decided against it.
Instead, crossed the Allt and joined the path northwards towards Gaick opting to head up from the north.
Stopped for some food and remembered to take my pills – was on two courses of antibiotics for a tooth problem (absolutely no alocohol allowed during and for some time after the courses were completed).
Rounding the corner, could see Loch Bhrodainn
Then started steeply up from the north side
Zoomed to Gaick Lodge
Nearly at the top the runner from earlier passed in the distance – think he had been further up into the Gaick pass before returning southwards. Got to the cairn with some reasonable if hazy views of the surrounding hills.
Walked on to the southerly cairn where I met the three walkers from earlier in the day – they had had a leisurely meal before their second walk of the day. Met one of their friends further down but he wasn’t sure he could catch them up.
Followed the track southwards before heading off steeply eastwards to get back down to the trees enclosing Sronphadruig Lodge.
Looking further to the south
An Dun and loch from the descent
Back to the bike then started back down the track. Passed Sronphadruig Lodge.
Then just a case of cycling back to the car – had turned into a nice day. After getting back to the car, drove up to Dalwhinnie to get some dinner and pack the overnight rucksack.
Needed somewhere to spend the night. This was to be the first trial of the new Exos 58 after Osprey had replaced the previous one due to a couple of faults. The padding looked thicker but the new one doesn’t have the rather handy two external vertical zipped pockets which were useful for items such as waterproofs.
The plan was to camp overnight on the The Fara…………..in the next WR
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