Sunday 2nd June 2013

Derry Cairngorm - A Walk

Distance 23k Ascent 1144 metres OS Maps 36/43

Derry Cairngorm is the 20th highest Munro at 1155 metres and is the closest Munro to Linn of Dee. We set off from Linn of Dee and head along the large open track, beloved of Cairngorm Munro baggers, to Derry Lodge. The climb then starts in earnest up the ridge of the mountain. The exciting route keeps to the right overlooking Glen Derry but a more straightforward route can be taken over Carn Crom for those who prefer this. Basically we just head up the ridge to the rocky summit from where there are super views of the central Cairngorms, particularly Ben Macdui. Here an alternative can be offered. We can either go over the top, continuing along the ridge down to Loch Etchacan, down past the Hutchison Hut and along Glen Derry back to Linn of Dee, or we can retrace our steps down the ridge. The former route is the route I am quoting in the statistics, the latter being shorter at 18k. A decision can be reached when we get to the summit, and it will obviously partly depend on the weather.

Total Time: Approx. 7.5 hrs

Note: This walk has some sections over open moorland, often rough and boggy and requires a reasonable level of fitness. The walk would be unsuitable if strong winds are forecast or access roads are icy and a contingency walk will be offered instead.

Meet at Culter Village Hall at 7 am, return around 7 pm. Transport by shared cars (contribution to the drivers) and refreshments afterwards (TBC). Contact Tel: 01330-820376. Closing date Wednesday 29th May 2013.

Walkers must wear walking boots (gaiters also recommended), carry WARM and waterproof clothing, hat and gloves and take plenty of food and liquids. THESE ARE ESSENTIAL. Be prepared for possible wintry conditions on the top, whatever the forecast.

Culter hillwalking club has no members who are qualified leaders or instructors. Therefore anyone volunteering to assist the club on a meet cannot be held responsible for other members' welfare. Members must be aware they are solely responsible for themselves at all times Hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury and death. Those participating in these activities should be aware of the risks and accept the responsibility for their own actions and involvement. No responsibility can be accepted by Culter Hillwalking club committee, members, guests or co-ordinators of walks for any mishap, which may occur, during a meet. Dog owners must ensure that their dogs are on a short lead at all times.

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