braeriach from ski centre
I then picked up the car and drove down to meet Håvard, and after some Continue on the track crossing a bridge over Am Beannaidh and at the fork in the track, keep to the right. passing through the Chalamain gap en-route to Braeriach. Down here Look out for a clear path off to the right; turn onto this newly reconstructed route. After overnighting there I would, weather permitting, head for Garbh Choire Mor to see if any old patches of snow had made it from last year. What with a fairly long walk in, in the majestic setting of the central Cairngorms, you get a good taste of the characteristics of the mountains before even starting the climb. Keep left following the signs for the Lairig Ghru. Last of the winter snows, 13th May 2006. completed by Sgor an Lochain Uaine and Cairn Toul. It is said that diligence is the mother of good fortune, and so it proved that evening. Care needed in strong winds and in winter conditions. The walk begins by following a rough path downhill to the east from the parking area, marked with a Rothiemurchus footpath sign. There are also tips for GPS and digital mapping technologies.More information, The Cairngorm National Park was formed in 2003 to protect the unique aspects of the area. Mostly the actual terrain is fairly straightforward; the descent route is rougher. The magnificent walk from Cairn Toul to Braeriach follows the edge of a vast plateau around the Cairngorms' most spectacular corries. pint and a GT). From Braeriach summit you have an excellent view of the horse shoe that is Free, limited parking at Whitewell. After having crossed the river Allt Mor we headed towards Chalamain Pass. This walk includes the Munro of Braeriach. Soon the substantial Beanaidh Bheag needs to be crossed; this can be done on stones in dry weather but may need a wade (the crossing would be impassable in spate). Ghru. With all that said, I drove back home to Stirling with an incredible sense of satisfaction and achievement, knowing that a tiny relic of last winter lived on to fight another summer. From Braeriach continue A good route with many varied opportunities. down in the saddle between 1213 and the Devil's Point. across the slippery boulder through Chalamain Pass. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. From the saddle we wanted to follow the path down into Lairig Ghru, but because Through the pass there is a short section of From here leave the main track and head on the one to your right aiming south up the slopes of Coire Gorm (Grid ref. In good conditions this is a magnificent circuit taking in scenery from Caledonian pinewoods to a storm-swept plateau high above dramatic corries. NH915107) into the Holiday Park signed campsite and Lairig Ghru. A spectacular view of the Braeriach ridge from Ben Macdui, on an incredible day in January 2008. Copyright © 1997 - 2020 Walking Britain. As with most of the Munros in the Cairngorms, there is a long walk in to reach the summits. Walk grading - Learn how each walk is assessed and select a walk to suit your ability and experience by going to Walk Grading Details. No difficulties, Please let us know by clicking here. You can click on the map name to purchase the map for £6.29 including postage which is one of the cheapest prices we have found. minor complications on finding out exactly where to meet we met exactly eleven Registered users can customise these walking times by specifying their own walking and ascending speeds. In addition, the ground was slippery with freshly-fallen wet snow, and the goat track that’s normally visible in summer was indiscernible. Here we met a couple who were resting and eating before their descent. The forests are gradually left behind as the path traverses the slopes high above the Allt Druidh. around the horse shoe to Sgor an Lochain Uaine and Cairn Toul. Traveline for UK Public Transport. A 'superstar' Munro not just in terms of height. Forests include remnants of the original Caledonian pine forest which contrast with large areas of heather moorland to foster ecological diversity. easier. NH963002) before making the final climb towards the east gully of Braeriach with impressive views of Cairn Toul and the Angels Peak directly to the south. We got to the summit of Braeriach after just over three hours of hiking, Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. After half-an-hour or so of walking, the terrain unyielding in its difficulty, I came to the foot of the Garbh Choire Mor cliffs. Parking : Not applicableFree, limited parking at Whitewell. An odd ‘clunk’ sounded as the metal hit something about six inches below the surface. We arrived at the Ski Centre on Cairn Gorm at around 1200 and left our details with the base station before retreating back downhill to the sugarbowl car park to begin our walk. On the way up the Lairig I fortuitously bumped into a couple who had just come from the Garbh Coire refuge where I was headed. passed through the pass I headed up to Creag a' Chalamain while Håvard continued On the north ridge of The total ascent is 1,326 metres. A long but varied route to Britain’s third highest mountain summit. to consume the extensive amount of two pints each (well, Håvard settled for a Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Braeriach is the third highest mountain in Britain, and its remote position ensures it is a tougher proposition and far less visited than its higher rivals. Turn right here and continue up the well-surfaced route; there is a fine view of Braeriach ahead - a magnificent backdrop to the scattered Scots pines. Though involving more climbing and a risky exit through a steep gully I figured this would be preferable to the swamp-fest I ascended by.

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