Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The Southern Cairngorms: [Devil's Point (130), Carn Toul (4), Angel's Peak (5)] and Braeriach (3)

Walk date: 04/07/05
My Munro #'s: 30

A much better view from The Devil's Point than my first visit!

A wet but cloud-free Angel's Peak for Paul:

Interesting cloud effects toward Braeriach:

Paul and Andrew Walks 2005! Yes indeed, here start the walks of Paul's 2005 visit. They are clipped to only include the walks that included new Munro's for me, of which this was the first; taking in four in total over an exhausting 11 hours but only adding one to my tally! We didn't set off too late, but we did soonish discover that we'd left the map in the car, so by the time we'd collected it and set off again it was 11am! We made good progress up The Devil's Point, having rid ourselves of our hangovers from Jim's BBQ that we'd been suffering from on the previous day. Carn Toul was also leisurely in decent weather. However, the cloud came in as we moved onto Angel's Peak and with it came a fast downpour. As we moved onto Braeriach, the cloud started burning off and created some interesting effects. We initially overshot the peak, but worked out what we'd done, helpfully with a view again, and were soon dropping down the eastern buttress. This turned out to be a very large scree bank with much foliage around it, especially on the lower slopes, and this really slowed progress. By the time we were back in Glen Dee, it was late and supplies were low; I was the only one with drink left and it wasn't much. The long stomp back was an exercise in determination and an investigation into how strongly a man could feel for the waiting beer back home in the fridge (after a 2 hour drive!). Back to car at 22:30 and home in Aberdeen at 00:30 ready to start cooking dinner. Needless to say, we took the next day off!!

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