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Munros: Broad Cairn, Cairn Bannoch, Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Lochnagar
Date walked: 09/08/2018
Distance: 30km
Ascent: 1230m
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Macdui & co from Linn of Dee

Munros: Ben Macdui, Carn a'Mhaim, Derry Cairngorm

Date walked: 03/08/2018

Time taken: 8.05 hours

Distance: 30km

Ascent: 1565m

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This was our first outing after the Skye soaking which was almost 2 weeks ago, George was unavailable so it was just myself and Parminder. The original idea was to head out 4 days earlier but the forecast was anything but walker friendly, 40mph winds and some wet stuff so we settled on Friday.
Parminder kindly offered to drive and as we were Cairngorms bound bikes were the order of the day. Parminder has a Beemer saloon (with a real boot) so squishing one bike inside is challenging and 2 bikes would be interesting. Not a problem as Parminder had acquired a contraption that is attached on top of and to the rear of the boot. Parminder pitched up at my house with the contraption in place and his bike already strapped on, I was expecting to squish my bike into the back so had already removed the front wheel. So it was a quick job to reattach the wheel and then fasten my bike onto the rear and coupled up with Parminders.
So off we set, as this was the first time the contraption had been tested we were both a bit apprehensive, there was a bit of excessive wind noise when 70mph was reached but apart from that, it worked a treat.
We arrived at Linn of Dee car park and were on our bikes just before 8.30. the weather was ideal a slight breeze (to keep the hungry insect population away) and we had already agreed to dump the bikes at Derry Lodge after passing 2 groups of walkers who opted to walk. As far as I am concerned a 20 minute cycle is just slightly better than a 1 hour walk, especially when you factor in the return trip!!
Parminder was familiar with the first part of the route as we would be heading along the same route we took for the Braeriach Traverse. I was familiar with Carn a'Mhaim & Macdui route as they were numbers 199 & 200 first time around, Derry Cairngorm seemed an obvious addition this time as it was almost on the way back to Derry Lodge, just a slight detour of a few hundred metres of ascent or so.

Off we go, a few vehicles were already in the car park

Taken whilst freewheeling, great track to Derry Lodge

Further along the track

Nearing Derry Lodge

We discussed where to dump/abandon the bikes whilst in the car and we both agreed rather than struggle across the boggy bit on the other side of the bridge, we would leave them at the lodge. As it turned out the boggy bit was very dry, but we still made the correct decision as the track after that is for 'real' cyclists and we would spend more time off the bike than on it.
So bikes were parked and chained together and the walking would begin.
I will give a mention to couple of guys (presumably from the west), we passed them whilst they were walking to Derry Lodge, we met them on the summit of Macdui and had a brief chat. I think they have been converted to utilising wheels next time they start from the Linn of Dee. They would follow us up and then down Derry Cairngorm.

The temporary bridge

The way ahead

Our first target

Luibeg Bridge

The Luibeg, not a raging torrent



Looking back towards Derry Lodge

Who could this be following me?

First peek of where we were a few months ago, Devils Point and co

Devils Point again

Early view of Ben Macdui

Summit cairn of Carn a'Mhaim just appearing

Macdui on the right and Braeriach on the left, 2nd & 3rd highest hills in the UK

Devils Point & Cairn Toul

Looking down on Corrour Bothy, the next photo will make it easy to spot

Bothy zoomed - quite a bit

The way down the ridge off Carn a'Mhaim

Looking across Glen Dee

Devils Point from further along the ridge

Next bit of the ridge with Braeriach in the distance

Corrour Bothy again

Reaching the end of the ridge off Carn a'Mhaim before starting the ascent up Macdui

Looking back to Carn a'Mhaim, with someone ruining a good photo

Devils Point with a shower in the glen

Great shot of Carn a'Mhaim

Bit of cloud now covering the monsters on the other side of the glen

Typical boulder field in this vicinity

Last shot of Devils Point, weather changing slightly

Refuel spot for us, lovely clear water


Interior of the ruin

Macdui trig

Just like my last visit to Macdui, the summit plateau was littered with fellow walkers and we had hardly seen a soul all day. Most of the numerous shelters on the plateau had folk either eating or drinking inside them. We had a brief chat with the 2 guys we passed earlier, took a few photo's and set off on our way.

A photo that kind of demonstrates how many shelters there are

Our final target Derry Cairngorm

The way ahead

Derry Cairngorm from Narrow Gully

Way ahead

Prepared to be shocked - Parminder was leading the way, I had stopped to put my jacket on whilst a shower passed through and opted to be brave

Looking back and across to Narrow Gully

Summit cairn on Derry Cairngorm

Lochan Uaine

Parminder revelling in being the leader

A few shots during the descent off Derry Cairngorm looking down on Glen Derry, burn looks rather dry


Looking out towards the Linn of Dee in the very far distance

That concludes another great day out, weather turned out much better than forecast. A huge thanks to Parminder for driving and for his usual great company. The Cairngorms is a magical place and never disappoints.

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A Proper Mixed bag - Skye Meet

Munros: Bruach na Frithe, Inaccessible Pinnacle, Sgurr na Sgine, The Saddle
Date walked: 12/07/2018
Distance: 34km
Ascent: 3300m
Comments: 4
Views: 404

Lynne's Compleation

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Munros: An Socach (Braemar)
Date walked: 07/07/2018
Distance: 15.5km
Ascent: 660m
Views: 21

Wee Bookil then Papped

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Munros: Stob Coire Raineach (Buachaille Etive Beag), Stob Dubh (Buachaille Etive Beag)
Date walked: 01/07/2018
Distance: 8km
Ascent: 900m
Comments: 1
Views: 35

Maspie Den

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Date walked: 29/06/2018
Distance: 5km
Ascent: 120m
Views: 21

Another Borders visit, Satnav satisfaction

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Blackwood Hill, Greatmoor Hill
Date walked: 23/06/2018
Distance: 15.5km
Ascent: 700m
Comments: 3
Views: 284

Strathfarrar take 2, in reverse

Munros: Carn nan Gobhar (Strathfarrar), Sgurr a'Choire Ghlais, Sgurr Fhuar-thuill, Sgurr na Ruaidhe
Date walked: 17/06/2018
Distance: 17km
Ascent: 1600m
Comments: 5
Views: 382

Western Fannichs, take 2

Attachment(s) Munros: A' Chailleach, Sgurr Breac
Date walked: 10/06/2018
Distance: 17.1km
Ascent: 1115m
Comments: 4
Views: 311

7 hours in the car, 5 hours on 4 hills

Attachment(s) Sub 2000s: Bengray, Cairnharrow, Pibble Hill, White Top of Culreoch
Date walked: 02/06/2018
Distance: 17km
Ascent: 980m
Comments: 2
Views: 321

Fife Flyer

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Location: Guess?
Occupation: Retired
Interests: Driving, cycling & music
Activity: Munro compleatist
Pub: None in particular
Mountain: The last one
Gear: Walking poles
Camera: Fujifilm
Ideal day out: Anywhere as long as the weather is half decent
Ambition: To stay safe

Munros: 100
Corbetts: 44
Grahams: 35
Donalds: 89
Hewitts: 2
Sub 2000: 68

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