Reached double figures with the Cairnwell Three

Route: The Cairnwell Munros

Munros: Càrn a' Ghèoidh, Càrn Aosda, The Cairnwell

Date walked: 05/08/2017

Time taken: 6 hours

I don't normally write walk reports but this is a special occasion. A few months back I set a goal to 'get my Munro count into double figures by the end of the summer' and I've now reached that :D . I set this goal as I'm having foot surgery later in the year so wanted to make the most of summer, no matter the weather.

Up until June this year I'd only ever done two (Lomond and Nevis) but I now well and truly have the bug for it.

So yesterday (5th august) I set off from falkirk about 8am with my friend Alex and my 'borrowed dog' Dex. Dex has done all the munros with me this year and is by far the best hiking buddy (he pulls me up).


We arrived at Glenshee ski centre just before 10am and set off shortly after. We had planned to just take our time as Alex hadn't done much hillwalking in the past, plus I enjoy a leisurely pace anyway. We had literally just started walking when the rain started but it didn't damped our spirits. However, luckily it didn't last too long and by the time we reached the first summit, Carn Aosda, we had some pretty decent views. This is a rarity for Dex and I as we have had very little in the way of summit views this year.

Alex at the top of his first munro

Top of Carn Aosda

After a few pics at the top we started heading back down towards the next hill when I noticed a familiar face. It was a guy I had met a few weeks previous on Ben Chonzie. We both done a double take at each other then stopped for a quick chat. I couldn't believe it! Of all the hills, we were on the same one at the same time and happened to cross paths. Brilliant :)

Anyway on towards the Cairnwell we got some great views again and the weather continued to improve. I actually got slightly sunburnt on my face which I know isn't great, but it made a nice change from howling wind and driving rain. The summit is so strange with the masts sticking out. It gives it a paradoxical feel- natural beauty vs modern technology. However, I didn't hate it. It was different and interesting.

Dex and I at the top of the Cairnwell

The Cairnwell

The final ascent was slightly more challenging but I felt it gave Alex a true feel of what it's like to climb a Munro as the other two feel so easy. We took a slight unintended detour which added to our time but it went in our favour as we got some cracking pictures.

Unintentional detour led to brilliant views


Once back on the right track we made the final push towards the top of Carn a'Gheoidh where we had a nice little rest and some lunch.



Carn a'Gheoidh


The descent was pretty uneventful but we were enjoying our day and Dex was enjoying watching the rabbits and eating sheep droppings :o :lol:

I know these hills aren't the most scenic due to the ski slopes and masts but I suppose there's nothing wrong with not being the best looking :wink:
Overall we had a great day. Alex bagged his first munros and I reached my goal well before the end of summer which leaves more time to bag some more.

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