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Braeriach & Cairn Toul Traverse and A Series of Mishaps

Route: Cairn Toul - Braeriach traverse

Munros: Braeriach, Cairn Toul, Sgor an Lochain Uaine, The Devil's Point

Date walked: 18/06/2013

Time taken: 12.5 hours

Distance: 36km

Ascent: 1450m

Apologies I haven’t been on much in the last 6 months but I can confirm that I am alive and well !! Im still managing to get out around twice a month thanks to my better half !! Meatball (my usual walking partner) can confirm this and also the group of WH members which included Scoob that I bumped into on Ben More in Mull a few weeks back.

Anyway Meatball and I had been trying to organize a day for a while but work keeps getting in the way. The 18/06 looked good as we were both of work. We picked a route on the East and West and waited for MWIS forecast. The forecast came in and it had to be the East although MWIS were quite out with their prediction!!

We were discussing the Megi 5 or The Devils Point 4. We opted for The Devils Point 4 as this would allow Meatball to complete the Cairngorms. Also this is a walk I had always wanted to do since looking over to The Devils Point from Carn a Mhaim last year but was put off by the 23 miles :shock:

So we left Glasgow at 0410 for the drive up. Meatball was 10 minutes late as he says he went into auto pilot on the way to pick me up and had started to drive to work!! Then as we approached Aviemore he drove straight past the cut off and continued along the motorway!! Not a good start for him and it was going to continue :o

We eventually parked up in the Sugarbowl carpark. Getting ready for the off and then Meatball pulls his boots too tight and rips off one of the eyelets !! He was not a happy chappy :(

We then set off walking along the path over the bridge

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Setting off


and follow the good track and soon the ski centre is on our left. We continued along and in around 40 minutes we were rock hopping through The Chalamain Gap. I don’t know if its because I know what happened there this winter but I found it quite eerie passing through.

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The Chalamain Gap


We then picked up The Lairig Ghru. Both of us had looked forward to walking this but MWIS got it wrong saying it would be dry as it rained most of the way towards the Corrour Bothy which spoiled it a bit for us as there were no real views.

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Memorial


We decided to do this walk from The Devils Point to try and give the low level cloud time to lift. Along the The Lairig Ghru we past a memorial, the Pools of Dee and eventually the Corrour Bothy came into sight.

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Pools of Dee


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Pools of Dee


At this point someone decided a direct route to the Bothy, crossing the river twice would be best and quickest instead of continuing down the path for the bridge. The other person then ended up almost knee deep in water :shock:

And as if by magic as we approached the Bothy the cloud lifted and The Devils Point looked amazing.

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The Devils Point from Corrour Bothy


A quick bite to eat and it was straight up for the first Munro of the day. I was soon regretting my food as it was straight up and I was soon regretting not waiting for the summit for a snack !!! It is a steep path up the col and we soon reached the plateau. We ditched our rucksacks and headed up the short distance to the summit of The Devils Point being watched by a ptarmigan and her chicks.

Some quick photos and then we were off.

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Corrour Bothy from summit


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Summit of Devils Point


We headed back down and put our rucksacks back on :(

The good path then leads you towards Cairn Toul but there is a top, Stob Coire an t-Saighdeir in the road !! I found this section hard going as its a huge boulder field you need to negotiate. It saps your energy hopping from rock to rock especially when you know how many miles have still to come. Once on the top, Cairn Toul looked fantastic, in my opinion an amazing mountain from this angle.

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Cairn Toul


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Cairn Toul getting closer


We dropped down and then it was up through another boulder field to Cairn Toul. Some quick pics and we were off again.

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Cairn Toul summit


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Views from Cairn Toul


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Views from Cairn Toul


The distance to the third Munro, Sgor an Lochain Uaine or Angels Peak isn’t great but the descent involves another boulder field :(

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Angels Peak


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Views


We were soon on Sgor an Lochain Uaine, its a short walk from Cairn Toul along a well burnt out path with no difficulties or boulder fields!! As we took some summit pictures Meatball topped his day off by dropping his good camera and totally ruining it :shock: I tried to cheer him up/ make light of the situation but the look I got suggested I was going to get punched or make my own way home from Aviemore :shock: So no more jokes about having to "focus" on the walk ahead or that we would be on the next hill in an "instant" :lol:

I think you can tell by my picture he is not amused!!

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Summit of Sgor an Lochain Uaine


Anyway it was then onwards and upwards to Braeriach along a good path however it is a long long walk. Its a very high plateau walk along some amazing looking cliffs. Even at this hight you pass the infant river Dee!
As we closed in on Braeriach so did the weather. No views and I was surprised by the snow still on the summit despite the recent warm weather we have had.

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Almost there !!!


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Views from Braeriach


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Views from Braeriach


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Views from Braeriach


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Views from Braeriach looking to The Lairig Ghru


Now it was time for the long descent back through The Chalamain Gap and back to the car 12.5 hours later. We even got some nice evening views of Loch Morlich and Meall a Bhuachaille

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Loch Morlich and Meall a Bhuachaille


Postives – I climbed in my opinion 4 great Munros and feel a sense of achievement in completing this route. This is by far the longest single day route I have done. Also according to Walkhighlands in completing this in 1 day im “extremely fit”  :lol:

Negatives – I don’t want to see another boulder field for a while ! And my feet are ruined today !!

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Location: Uddingston
Interests: Hill walking, cycling,music,reading.
Activity: Mountain Walker
Place: Glencoe
Gear: Mountain Equipment jacket
Camera: Panasonic TZ20

Munros: 105
Corbetts: 15
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 1
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Statistics

2013

Trips: 1
Distance: 36 km
Ascent: 1450m
Munros: 4

2012

Trips: 3
Distance: 72.5 km
Ascent: 3321m
Munros: 5

2011

Trips: 13
Distance: 146.5 km
Ascent: 12102m
Munros: 15
Corbetts: 3
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 1


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