Munro Bagging: Cairn a Mhaim from Linn of Dee

We called ourselves the Epic Munro* Baggers- we four from Aberdeen watched the weather forecast app and Tuesday was ‘SUNBALL’ with confidence; no equivocating with the little cloud on the side or nothing!!!

I had done lots of research about which epic munro in Lairig Ghru we should attempt since the glen is full of them! Devils Point, Ben Macdui, Cairn Toul to name a few. All an easy day hike from the Linn of Dee car park a few miles past Braemar. (£3) Given the fitness average of our group, Cairn a’ Mhaim was chosen since it was the easiest and closest.

We set out under a cloudless sky from the car park and progressed along the forest track road which is rolling flatness as the pass begins to unfold  until you arrive at Derry Lodge.

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Derry Lodge – No beer sadly

From there, across the tributary to the DeeDSC_0476

Then onwards up the glen as the peaks began to unfold as guardians of the glenDSC_0417

Crossing another tributary before beginning the serious vertical footage

 

We climbed up and up about 30-45 minutes of huffing and puffing (at least on my part!) to reach the false summitDSC_0453

A bit more and we were there! DSC_0447DSC_0435

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The descent – Linn of Dee in the far valley 

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Wildlife! A Ptarmigan 

On the return walk, I refilled water bottles directly from the tributary and so far have not contracted any strange tummy disruptions. And I sadly went wading in the stream with my boots on deliberately wetting my feet (stupid!) forgetting the cardinal rule of hiking “Dry socks make for happy feet!” And promptly wore 3 or 4 big blisters on my soles during the remaining 6 miles back to the car. (Did I say stupid??)

But it was an epic day for all even the dreaded midges were scarce! All told it was a 14 mile day and worth every step to be out in the Highlands on a big SUNBALL day.

*A Munro is a mountain in the UK at least 3000ft or 914 meters elevation. Its the highest classification of mountain.

 

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