Monday, July 10, 2006

The Cairnwell Hills: The Cairnwell (245), Carn a' Gheoidh (180) and Carn Aosda (278)

Walk date: 20/05/06
My Munro #'s: 84, 85 and 86

An attractive cabin on The Cairnwell:

Solidarity on the ugly Carn Aosda:

12:50-16:20. With The Sonia. A late start to this day, but safely in the knowledge that these hills would not present us with much of a problem. This is especially true of The Cairnwell, being the most accessible Munro. A lack of snow on the slopes meant a happy lack of skiers and so we used the piste as our ascent route, finding a watch, money and a car key on the way! The col between The Cairnwell and Carn Aosda is soon reached and the remaining walk to The Cairnwell's summit is straightforward. Sonia dubbed this, 'The most depressing Munro she had seen', and it was hard to counter such a claim; a stony top littered with cabins and scaffold-towers, picturesque it is not.

With no reason to hand around, a quick re-visit of the col is made before a west and then south-west bearing takes you happily away from the skiing development toward the rounded summit of Carn a' Gheoidh. The route skirts some nice southern slopes.

Having taken in this relative beauty spot, the col is visited again and wide tracks are then taken to The Cairnwell's scarred twin, Carn Aosda. Again, we progressed quickly before we got too down about it all. Steep but easy enough routes are all around, take your pick.

Apart from Carn a' Gheoidh, this is a day for the completists only. The weather was low cloud with some rain and a spot of wet snow. The cloud lifted enough to see the summits by the end of the day.

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