Date: 21st July 2018
Meeting at 1830 on the evening of Friday 20th July 2018, in the car park at the Linn of Dee, Braemar, AB35 5YJ, before walking the 6 km into the Derry Lodge area where we will setup our base camp for the weekend. Or if you prefer, stay in Braemar and walk in\out each day to join us, the choice is yours. Camping will save you around 12 km of walking (approximately 3 hours total time)
Day one - rising early to make the most of the day we will head out at 0800, west along good estate paths before ascending Carn a' Mhaim, our first Munro of the day. From here we descend the long ridge part way into Coire Clach nan Taillear before ascending up onto the plateau that is the shoulder of Ben Macdui. From here we descend again to Loch Etchechan, one of the most beautiful spots in the Cairngorms and then up onto the Munro Beinn Mheadhoin. Now we turn and retrace our steps back to the Loch before veering off to ascend Derry Cairngorm and begin our long walk back to base camp. A 25 km day that will take 10 - 12 hours.
Day two - again, rising early to be on the move for 0800, we will walk on a good path through Glen Derry all the way north to the Glas Allt Mor. If it's passable we will cross where it cuts across the path and continue into the Lairig an Laoigh and up onto the first Munro of the day, Beinn a' Chaorainn. If the river is not passable, we will ascend the steep slopes by its side and onto Beinn a' Chaorainn from here. After summiting, we turn south and cross the bog that is the Moine Bhealaidh, hopefully picking a dry route! After 5 km of bog trotting we arrive at our second Munro, Beinn Bhreac before dropping back into Glen Derry and the short walk back to camp. A 20 km walk that will take 8 -10 hours.
After a short break, we will break camp and walk back out to the Linn of Dee car park.
You will need to have a good level of fitness for this weekend which will be a mixture of paths, open, boggy moorland and rough boulder fields to contend with. The route we take will be flexible depending on weather and fitness but you should expect to be walking for around 8-11 hours per day, achieving 1,400m of ascent and approximately 25 km distance each day. Previous experience of wild and remote camping is preferable but not essential as we will spend time coaching you in the art. Please do not underestimate the level of fitness you will need for these demanding days.
If you require to hire some gear for this trip, please contact me beforehand. I have tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks and stoves.
A variety of accommodation options are available in Braemar, including Hostels, B&B and Hotels. If using the SYHA, give them my discount code King-18 for 10% off your stay.
Cost is only £100 per person (maximum group size is 10)
Availability: places still available