Càrn an Fhreiceadain

Sunday 21 July 2013

16.9 km/660 m/04:30 hrs

Corbett: Càrn an Fhreiceadain (No. 62)

Due to a two-day Outdoor First Aid Course which was supposed to take place in Newtonmore, I had booked two nights at the excellent Newtonmore Hostel. However, a couple of days before, I was informed that the location of the course had been changed to the Ranger Station at Cairngorm Mountain in Aviemore – if I had known that earlier, I would have booked accommodation in Aviemore, or would have just driven down from Inverness in the morning.

But I had been looking forward to visit the Newtonmore Hostel which is run by fellow TGO Challengers Sue and Ali, who had also granted me a discounted rate for my room, so I kept my booking.

The heatwave which had lasted for several weeks now, was said to end in a few days, and I was sorry to be missing out on some hill days in perfect weather because of the course. I decided to use the Sunday for a walk up Càrn an Fhreiceadain, the Corbett N of Kingussie.

I parked in the large carpark by the golf course, and walked up the road in Glen Gynack. It was another hot and sunny day, and I wasn’t surprised to see the Gynack Burn almost dried out.

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Shortly after the turnoff to Pitmain Lodge, the track emerges from the forest and leads across heathery slopes towards Beinn Bhreac.

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Foxgloves beside the track.

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On the way I passed this stalkers hut, and I stopped to have a closer look.

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It was unlocked, and the interior is quite nice with a wood-burning stove and a large, polished conference table and chairs around it.

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From the bothy, it is just a short walk up to Beinn Bhreac.

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The route to the summit.

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Summit trig point.

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From Beinn Bhreac onwards it had been quite windy, so I sat down inside the summit shelter for my lunch break. But after a few minutes it became far too hot sitting in the sun, and I left the shelter and sat behind it in the shadow instead.

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After my break I continued along the track, past this tall cairn.

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Looking back to the cairn.

The track leads all the way to the summit and down again, so it is even possible to use a mountain bike for the ascent of this hill.

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View SW to the Munro A’ Chailleach.

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The Spey valley.

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Bridge across the Allt Mòr.

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Creag Dhubh and Creag Mhòr.

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Descent to Kingussie.

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Certainly not the most exciting hill, but it was good to take advantage of the warm weather for an easy Sunday stroll.

From Kingussie I drove to the Newtonmore Hostel, where I was welcomed by Sue. She showed me round, and we chatted about past and future TGO Challenges, hills, hostels and lots of other things 🙂

I can absolutely recommend the hostel, and The Glen Hotel just across the road is great for drinks and bar meals (it even has a beer garden, which was very popular on a hot day like this).

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