Eastern Cairngorms Day 1

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  1. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Trailstar duo in the Eastern Cairngorms May 18 Day 1



    Looking back at my old battered SMC book,where i used to tick off my munro peaks...i saw it was 93 & 94 when i first ticked off these stunning hills
    Theres been many more hill miles between then and now,so i was excited to see what my head could remember as i wandered over these mighty hills again
    The bank Holiday wknd loomed up and i plotted out a route for Lees Munro round, my wife dropped me off at Oxen holme and £11 lighter i jumped off at Penrith to wait for Lee..the Red Rooster supplied my tea, a spot we have had breakfast at before, great food as always



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    Four and a bit hours later we rolled into Braemar and our first nights stay was in here, a nice help yourself breakfast set us off on full bellies

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    The day started dry with cloud sitting on some of the tops,it seems the tracks have grown some since my last visit, but they made for easy and steady progress

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    Both my teas were New ones to me supplied by Basecamp foods to trial

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    We left our micro spikes behind but choose to take an axe,it all fit well in my MLD Exodus pack

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    Even on the 1/25 there was no path showing up the front NE ridge of Carn Mhaim,but there was..and it was a cracker too, you can see it in the picture above


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    As we climbed higher, so did the wind,but patches of blue were starting to show in the lifting cloud

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    Just looked it up last time i stood here was 13-9-1994 !

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    Carn á Mhaim summit view


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    It is largely true that only in Scotland do you get to use the phrase "We drop down 200m to 800m then we have a 500m climb again ! "

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    The views were stunning in all directions

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    Spot the bothy on the left

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    A few minutes before this picture was taken , the wind helped Mr Taylor along by gently lifting him off his feet,being a good mate i laughed and offered him some weight out of my pack to help him

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    A few walkers descending from Ben Macdui

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    I can,t find it,but i had my mate take this same pic of me 20 yrs ago too

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    My route had us camped up high,to allow an "out and back" to bag Derry Cairngorm but the wind and snow melted ground had us drop down to Loch Etchachan

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    I sadly didnt get time to film it,it had been a long tough day, but the wind was blowing the ice sheets over to the far side,in between there were sea horses and the odd funnels being blown over the loch surface

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    Tea was a new make to me,from Basecampfoods and was very tasty,a new favourite for me

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    After tea and a few brews i had a stroll around camp,the ice must a have been over a foot thick..but the wind soon had be returning to my shelter for some protection and another brew
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    I pulled these pics off some Gopro footage i took from putting the camera into the Loch

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    The red being Day 1

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    Heres a video if viewing please watch on something bigger than a phone screen and in 1080 or at least 720



    Safe travels and thanks for looking
    Last edited: May 14, 2018
  2. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Nice report; too long since I visited the Gorms..

    #Basecampfoods :D
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  3. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Great write up Peter.
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  4. Warrenbond

    Warrenbond Trail Blazer

    Looks a fantastic trip I'll watch the vid on the telly later thanks for sharing
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  5. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Looks like a great trip (apart from those orange shelters spoiling the view :devilish:)
    How was the spaghetti carbonara? I haven't tried that.
  6. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    That was a new day new to me,and I was a bit wary as I went half’s on a load of those expedition meals last yr ..bu5 mate tried one and was ill..we think they were a bad batch...but this was superb really tasty I’m going to get a few more next time
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  7. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Lovely, one of my favourite parts of the country
  8. Mountain Mackem

    Mountain Mackem Backpacker

    Good stuff and some fab photos. One of my favourite areas in Scotland. I was about to comment that it looked very wintery for May but recalled this was not long after the demise of the Beast from the East!
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  9. Taz38

    Taz38 Section Hiker

    Great trip report!
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