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East and West Cairn hill

Sub 2000s: East Cairn Hill

Date walked: 06/07/2022

Time taken: 5.2 hours

Distance: 12.6km

Ascent: 440m

I decided to do these two hills together and set off from Little Vantage on a warm sunny day
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It's quite an impressive view looking up to the pass between the two hills. One can well imagine the drovers slight trepidation as they wondered what (or who) might we waiting for them in the wilds beyond
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Looking L to Scald Law and its neighbours in the distance
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The track is very well maintained with board walks across all the ditches - though they were unneccessary today as the ground was very dry. After descending the first field the track heads into a section of recently planted trees - not yet on the map
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The bridge over the burn at the low point
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View from the bridge
Across the bridge a herd of cows and calves were grazing on the farmland. I talked nicely to them and they ambled away. I guess they must be used to walkers by now. Beyond here the track becomes heathery and starts to climb gently.

Some views of West Cairn hill and Harperrig reservoir from the track
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A close up of East Cairn hill - the top covered in scattered exotic pine trees :o
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The narrow path on the L climbs steeply up to East Cairn hill,, but I decided to do the slightly more remote West Cairn first and descend this way
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From the same point the easy angled slopes to the pass
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At the pass I went through the gate and headed R along a fence and then a wall: the path was not always distinct and would clearly be boggy in wetter conditions
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The wall made a sharp R turn and the path became drier and more distinct
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The summit of West Cairn is complicated by the junction of two fences - the trig point being separated from the summit cairn. A red flag waved above a notice warning you to keep out. I gathered later that there is a rifle range somewhere below
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Detail of the notice
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I returned the same way: looking down to the pass from the wall corner
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From the pass the hills to the South
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I crossed to the North side and followed the path beside the fence up East Cairn hill
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Looking back down from near the top
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Scald Law and co from the summit cairn
i was feeling quite tired by now, and in the strong wind couldn't be bothered to trog over to the slightly higher top around a km further East :( . The same wind kept blowing my sunhat off, so I stuffed it in my pocket and descended the steep path back West. It headed straight down with no zig-zags and I found it quite hard work. At the bottom the sunhat was gone :( but there was no way I was returning to look for it. :lol: I returned to Little Vantage and drove home.
Two weeks later needing some exercise and feeling slightly guilty about omitting the high point I returned, but this time climbed the steep path to the 561m cairn, ambled over the boggy tract to the tiny cairn that marks the 567m summit, and returned the gentler way to the pass. I found this a much easier way to do the hill :D
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Another view of Scald Law the Kips etc. from the 561 cairn
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And from the 567m one
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South to Baddingsgill reservoir

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Activity: Mountaineer
Mountain: Weisshorn
Place: Torridon
Member: FRCC, John Muir Trust, Woodland Trust, Border Forest Trust
Camera: Lumix G6
Ideal day out: remote mountain where i'm unlikely to meet many people

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2022

Trips: 4
Distance: 59.3 km
Ascent: 2424m
Sub2000s: 3

2021

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Distance: 50.8 km
Ascent: 3305m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 1
Sub2000s: 2

2020

Trips: 9
Distance: 80.2 km
Ascent: 3536m
Munros: 1
Grahams: 2

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Trips: 10
Distance: 91.8 km
Ascent: 7166m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 4

2018

Trips: 11
Distance: 39.3 km
Ascent: 2088m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 1

2017

Trips: 13
Distance: 39.75 km
Ascent: 3366m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 2

2016

Trips: 15
Distance: 210.95 km
Ascent: 11849m
Munros: 3
Corbetts: 8
Grahams: 5

2015

Trips: 21
Distance: 143.9 km
Ascent: 10590m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 7
Grahams: 8
Donalds: 1

2014

Trips: 6
Distance: 80.6 km
Ascent: 5180m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 6
Grahams: 1

2013

Trips: 5
Distance: 42.9 km
Ascent: 3887m
Munros: 3
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 2

2012

Trips: 1

2011

Trips: 3
Distance: 32 km
Ascent: 2397m
Corbetts: 1

2010

Trips: 2

2009

Trips: 6

2008

Trips: 2

2007

Trips: 2

2006

Trips: 5
Ascent: 3900m

2005

Trips: 3

2004

Trips: 3

2003

Trips: 13
Distance: 107 km
Ascent: 2586m

2002

Trips: 11

2001

Trips: 8

2000

Trips: 8

1999

Trips: 4
Distance: 35.7 km
Ascent: 1768m
Munros: 2

1998

Trips: 1
Distance: 36 km
Ascent: 1760m
Munros: 4

1996

Trips: 1
Distance: 70 km
Ascent: 3700m
Munros: 8

1995

Trips: 2
Distance: 29 km
Ascent: 2548m
Munros: 3

1994

Trips: 3
Distance: 43.1 km
Ascent: 3739m
Munros: 7

1993

Trips: 2
Distance: 47.5 km
Ascent: 3050m
Munros: 4

1991

Trips: 1
Munros: 2

1990

Trips: 2
Distance: 16.5 km
Ascent: 1108m
Munros: 4

1989

Trips: 3
Distance: 48.5 km
Ascent: 3780m
Munros: 9

1986

Trips: 1
Munros: 2

1972

Trips: 1
Distance: 29 km
Ascent: 1230m
Munros: 1

1969

Trips: 1
Distance: 7.3 km
Ascent: 962m
Corbetts: 1

1960

Trips: 1
Munros: 3


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