Change of plan took me up towards Glenshee and some Mountaineering in the Cairnwell hills (Munros Completed : The Cairnwell (25), Carn Aosda (26), Carn a’Gheoidh (27)).
Change of Plan.
After yesterdays long walk, the fatigue & snow conditions meant that I would not be able to do the 2-day planned Ben Avon trip. The walk-in was even longer so I decided on an alternative. Looking at the map I noticed that the Cairnwell was close & I remembered this from a previous trip where I had dismissed it because it was blighted by the ski tows. However, then it was out of ski season without a covering of snow. I arrived at the Glenshee car park mid-morning on a bright, sunny day & again not a breath of wind. With the snow and the skiers around the walk didn’t now appear to be such of a blighted area & it is only the beginning and ends of the route that are near the ski lifts. What made such a difference though was the snow conditions – firm & crisp underfoot, this was so easier to walk upon!
The first part of the route takes you up the ski slopes to Carn Aosda & then down from here across to Carn a’ Gheoidh and then back and across to the Cairnwell . The whole walk took 4 ¼ hrs in total & was one of the best days out in the Scottish mountains I had. I spent the night camped in a small layby just off the road below the Glenshee ski centre. I awoke to a cloudy sky but the base was high so it did look as if it would clear up. Amazingly for the 4th day running there wasn’t even a breeze. After cereal and melting snow for a cup of tea I packed up and drove just up the road to the ski centre just after 8:30 am. to spend a morning skiing before returning to the airport. By 11:00 the cloud had completely disappeared leaving brilliant sunshine against a blue sky. The South facing slopes were a marked improvement once the sun had acted upon them and there was one very enjoyable run, but mostly they were fairly tricky icy slopes.