Carn Liath

The first hike of the 2008 holiday saw Frank and me parking our rented car at the end of the public road at Loch Moraig. The weather was not all that promising but that did not put us off the task ahead. One of the great hills of the Central Highlands. Ok, we hiked up the track which leads out onto the open moor to the two ruined shacks where the path up the southwest ridge of Carn Liath commences.

We climbed the path which is very well visible even in bad weather. Someone should perhaps consider spending some money on repairing this scar. In line with the steepness of the terrain we gained height quickly and reached the summit of Carn Liath in due time. From the summit we continued due north. Then the clouds lifted and we could see the way ahead. A great view. The continuing ridge over Beinn Mhaol snaked in front of us. Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgian was visible as was Argoid Bheinn. Complex ridges, wide views, snow, grass and scree.

We continued our walk to Bheinn Mhaol. Rain set in, the clouds closed in on us and soon it was a typical Scottish day on the hills. We reached the col between Bheinn Mhaol and Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgian and started the climb up the west ridge of the latter hill. The path veered to the north, we followed the corniced corrie rim to the right of us and bumped into the summit cairn. Frank and I touched it and went on. After a few hundred metres we found the steep snow-covered descent to the col between Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgian and Argoid Bheinn. From the col we climbed the flank of the hill and veered north. Touching one or two further cairns on our way to the summit we finally made it to Carn an Gobhar. There the obligatory break for some water, sweets and photographs was called. The views were very nice from the summit of the highest Munro of … [Read More]

2018-11-17T06:29:40+02:00May 1st, 2008|2008, 2009 - 2000, Glen Garry to Braemar|

The Cairnwell

2008 This was the only day in the May 2008 “campaign” where we took a break – sort of at least. I had driven Alex to Aberdeen Airport early in the day and had returned to Braemar in mid morning. We drank some coffee, sat in the sunshine and dozed a bit. Then Frank proposed to do the three Glen Shee Ski Centre Munros. Well, I had done them before in late winter a few years before but of course Frank still needed these three.

So at one p.m. we set off from the car park below Bucharts Corrie and headed up the track in the corrie until another scar in the hillside branches off and heads to the ridge of Carn Aosda. We reached the summit, looked at Glas Maol on the other side of the glen and soon headed for the connecting ridge leading to Carn a’Gheoidh four kilometres to the west. The waters of Loch Vratachan (nice name) reflected the sunshine. A good day for very easy hillwalking. We rested on the ridge close to Carn nan Sac and then continued towards the summit of Munro No. 2, the only one of the group not disfigured by ski tows and bulldozer tracks. Then we returned and went back almost to the col between Carn Aosda and The Cairnwell. Shortly before rehing the col we used traces of paths on the western side of the north ridge of the latter to gain the increasingly rocky crest of the ridge (track). After the final steep section we reached the summit of Munro No. 3.

What can you say? We touched the summit cairn, stayed a few minutes and walked back to the car park via the grass in Bucharts Corrie sticking to the line of poles supporting the ski tows. After a little more than three hours we were back at the restaurant’s parking and sat in the grass by the road. Hardly any other hikers on the hills, sunshine, no hassle, … [Read More]

2017-09-19T14:18:52+02:00March 1st, 2001|2001, 2008, 2009 - 2000, Glen Garry to Braemar|

Carn a’Gheoidh

2008 This was the only day in the May 2008 “campaign” where we took a break – sort of at least. I had driven Alex to Aberdeen Airport early in the day and had returned to Braemar in mid morning. We drank some coffee, sat in the sunshine and dozed a bit. Then Frank proposed to do the three Glen Shee Ski Centre Munros. Well, I had done them before in late winter a few years before but of course Frank still needed these three.

So at one p.m. we set off from the car park below Bucharts Corrie and headed up the track in the corrie until another scar in the hillside branches off and heads to the ridge of Carn Aosda. We reached the summit, looked at Glas Maol on the other side of the glen and soon headed for the connecting ridge leading to Carn a’Gheoidh four kilometres to the west. The waters of Loch Vratachan (nice name) reflected the sunshine. A good day for very easy hillwalking. We rested on the ridge close to Carn nan Sac and then continued towards the summit of Munro No. 2, the only one of the group not disfigured by ski tows and bulldozer tracks. Then we returned and went back almost to the col between Carn Aosda and The Cairnwell. Shortly before rehing the col we used traces of paths on the western side of the north ridge of the latter to gain the increasingly rocky crest of the ridge (track). After the final steep section we reached the summit of Munro No. 3. What can you say? We touched the summit cairn, stayed a few minutes and walked back to the car park via the grass in Bucharts Corrie sticking to the line of poles supporting the ski tows. After a little more than three hours we were back at the restaurant’s parking and sat in the grass by the road. Hardly any other hikers on the hills, sunshine, no hassle, no … [Read More]

2017-09-19T14:18:53+02:00March 1st, 2001|2001, 2008, 2009 - 2000, Glen Garry to Braemar|

Carn Aosda

2008 This was the only day in the May 2008 “campaign” where we took a break – sort of at least. I had driven Alex to Aberdeen Airport early in the day and had returned to Braemar in mid morning. We drank some coffee, sat in the sunshine and dozed a bit. Then Frank proposed to do the three Glen Shee Ski Centre Munros. Well, I had done them before in late winter a few years before but of course Frank still needed these three.

So at one p.m. we set off from the car park below Bucharts Corrie and headed up the track in the corrie until another scar in the hillside branches off and heads to the ridge of Carn Aosda. We reached the summit, looked at Glas Maol on the other side of the glen and soon headed for the connecting ridge leading to Carn a’Gheoidh four kilometres to the west. The waters of Loch Vratachan (nice name) reflected the sunshine. A good day for very easy hillwalking. We rested on the ridge close to Carn nan Sac and then continued towards the summit of Munro No. 2, the only one of the group not disfigured by ski tows and bulldozer tracks. Then we returned and went back almost to the col between Carn Aosda and The Cairnwell. Shortly before rehing the col we used traces of paths on the western side of the north ridge of the latter to gain the increasingly rocky crest of the ridge (track). After the final steep section we reached the summit of Munro No. 3. What can you say? We touched the summit cairn, stayed a few minutes and walked back to the car park via the grass in Bucharts Corrie sticking to the line of poles supporting the ski tows. After a little more than three hours we were back at the restaurant’s parking and sat in the grass by the road. Hardly any other hikers on the hills, sunshine, no hassle, … [Read More]

2017-09-19T14:18:53+02:00March 1st, 2001|2001, 2008, 2009 - 2000, Glen Garry to Braemar|