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Carn Crom sunrise

Munros: Derry Cairngorm

Date walked: 03/04/2021

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 19km

Ascent: 835m

I got the top of "Carn Crom" and saw that the time was only 5.30am. If I was an hour ahead of schedule then maybe I had forgotten to put the clock forward on my seldom-visited phone. Having verified that it was the correct time it dawned on me; try checking the map. And sure enough, I had only got as far as Creag Bad an t-Seabhaig. So I hadn't gained some mysterious covid vaccine fitness boost side-effect after all. Disappointing as that was, it was comforting that my plodding progress is so predictable and, sure enough, to the minute, I was at Carn Crom for 6.30am in time to see the sunrise.

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Actually the first time I've used the new headtorch that I bought last November. I bought it because it is rechargeable / planet saving but hadn't yet used it for an extended period because of frustration with its too easy to depress on/off button i.e. I would stow it then find it was on, leaving me uncertain as to how much juice would be left in it. I suppose it's just a matter of not over-packing the pocket I put it in.

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Lochnagar.

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Something mysteriously appealing about the half-light or is it appealingly mysterious.

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Beinn a' Glo not yet aglow.

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Beinn Mheadhoin and Glen Derry from just below Carn Crom.

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Mind and eyeballs travelling illegally more than five miles into an adjacent local authority area.

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First view across to Cairn Toul & co. is fairly jaw-dropping, possibly because it is concealed during the ascent of Carn Crom.

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Carn Crom cairn.

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Cairn Toul and Braeriach.

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The way to Derry Cairngorm.

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Lochnagar again.

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Ptarmigan waiting about to see if they'll get their photos taken.

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I had been deceived by the first snow patch into thinking I was near the summit but soon found I had a bit to go.

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Views have opened up again though.

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Coire Sputan Dearg cliffs.

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Ben Lawers.

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Beinn Mheadhoin with Stob Choire Etchatchatn cliffs in front / to the right.

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Cloud drifting across Craig Derry slopes.

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The sunshine reflecting off the snow is a sight for sore eyes.

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Leaving the final snow patch, which has been great fun to walk on, and entering the hell that is the small summit boulder field. Hell for me, at least, as I dislike boulder fields.

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But I am in no hurry to start boulder hopping (or boulder stumbling in my case) so I take another photograph.

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I dislike the summit terrain but I do like the views!

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Lochnagar again.

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Cloudy to the north east.

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Giving my ankles a rest. Beinn Mheadhoin again.

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Roller-coaster.

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My heart sank when I saw that there was not one summit cairn but two. I nevertheless did the extra stumbling so that I could legitimately claim to have climbed Derry Cairngorm but in some way I feel I should have resisted and that it would have been better to be able to later say that I had nearly climbed Derry Cairngorm as that is clearly a much more sensible thing to do.

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Devil's Point catches the eye to the south west.

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It's maybe not such a good idea to have stunning views from bouldery summits (I don't know who is responsible for the planning) or, indeed, to visit the absolute summits of such bouldery summits.

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Ready to descend.

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Goodbye boulders.

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Ben Lawers again.

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Lochnagar again.

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Morven maybe.

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There are good views of Glen Derry to be had by heading a little bit east of the main path.

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Nearing Carn Crom again.

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Finished the descent with a very pleasant walk through the pines that I couldn't see in the dark of the morning.

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But I find that I still have to be careful where I put my feet.

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Mountain: Alligin
Place: Assynt

Munros: 117
Corbetts: 58
Grahams: 28
Donalds: 1
Wainwrights: 10
Hewitts: 12
Sub 2000: 47



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Statistics

2021

Trips: 16
Distance: 90.1 km
Ascent: 3320m
Munros: 2
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2020

Trips: 39
Distance: 226.7 km
Ascent: 11266m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 2
Sub2000s: 3

2019

Trips: 31
Distance: 187.05 km
Ascent: 9684m
Munros: 3
Corbetts: 3
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2018

Trips: 28
Distance: 191.9 km
Ascent: 12074m
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 2
Sub2000s: 3

2017

Trips: 31
Distance: 226.75 km
Ascent: 8838m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 4

2016

Trips: 20
Distance: 229 km
Ascent: 9236m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 6

2015

Trips: 39
Distance: 286 km
Ascent: 12583m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 9

2014

Trips: 29
Distance: 3564.25 km
Ascent: 15847m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 9
Hewitts: 3

2013

Trips: 29
Distance: 206.75 km
Ascent: 16700m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 5
Grahams: 4
Sub2000s: 4

2012

Trips: 12
Distance: 73 km
Ascent: 5261m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2

2011

Trips: 6
Distance: 55 km
Ascent: 3917m
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 1

2010

Trips: 6
Distance: 22 km
Ascent: 2200m
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2009

Trips: 4
Distance: 24.5 km
Ascent: 2194m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 1

2008

Trips: 3
Distance: 24 km
Ascent: 3189m

2007

Trips: 5
Distance: 31 km
Ascent: 1896m

2006

Trips: 3
Distance: 37 km
Ascent: 3730m

2004

Trips: 4
Distance: 44 km
Ascent: 2706m
Corbetts: 1

2003

Trips: 5
Distance: 50 km
Ascent: 5760m
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2

2002

Trips: 3
Distance: 29 km
Ascent: 2449m

2001

Trips: 6
Distance: 46 km
Ascent: 4245m
Munros: 2

2000

Trips: 1
Distance: 16 km
Ascent: 1300m
Munros: 3

1999

Trips: 1
Distance: 28 km
Ascent: 900m
Corbetts: 1

1998

Trips: 1
Distance: 8 km
Ascent: 1055m
Munros: 2

1997

Trips: 1
Distance: 27 km
Ascent: 1400m
Grahams: 1

1995

Trips: 4
Distance: 80 km
Ascent: 4322m
Munros: 3
Grahams: 1

1994

Trips: 2
Distance: 35.5 km
Ascent: 2477m
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1

1993

Trips: 1
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 1100m

1992

Trips: 2
Distance: 46 km
Ascent: 2345m


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