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Ben Macdui and Cairngorm
by bio-man » Tue May 05, 2009 11:11 am
Route description: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm
Munros included on this walk: Ben Macdui, Cairn Gorm
Date walked: 05/05/2009Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
The stretch from the start point to the cairn at 1083m is breathtaking in itself, with great views opening up for miles
Once on the plateau, before the cairn, the wind really picked up.....balaclava-time
The incline just south of the cairn and north of the March Burn was the only point in the day where crampons were needed, just sheet ice and a drop to the Laraig Ghru not far away!!
The summit of Ben MacDui can be seen and looks a long way away, but once the crampons were off, the going was good. I could see someone in front on skis, who I met at the summit. Ermanno Rambelli, originally from Italy, now living in Glasgow. He took my photo then skied off into the distance. When I looked at how far Cairn Gorm was, I wished for a moment that I was on skis as well!!
Heading over towards Cairn Gorm and could see that there were a few more people out and about. I have to remember to add an extra hour to my times as I'm forever chatting and handing out cards advertising my forthcoming challenge. At the snow-holes in Coire Domhain i chatted to a guy on skis. I was telling him about the challenge and why I was doing it. He asked me if I had heard of Karen Darke, who had been paralysed in a climbing accident. I explained that that I was going to hear her talk in Birnham in a few weeks time. The guy said that he used be a neighbour of hers and as he was a BT engineer had installed her telephones!! Surreal!!
Anyway, had a good look into the Northern Corries, few folk ice-climbing as well!!
Onto the summit of Cairn Gorm, the hardest part of the day in terms of tiredness
Headed off down the described route for a well earned pint at the ski centre, then off on the bus to the station. A long but satisfying day out.
by Paul Webster » Tue May 05, 2009 1:40 pm
by bio-man » Tue May 05, 2009 3:15 pm
I will have come Sunday!! Heading to the Grey Corries and Aonachs for 2 overnighters at the weekend. Haven't done them continuous before!! Weather looks great, not!!
by yokehead » Tue May 05, 2009 5:39 pm
by bio-man » Thu May 07, 2009 1:44 pm
by ken reid » Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:30 pm