Monday, May 30, 2016

Cairn Toul, The Angels Peak and Devils Point

Our holiday in Aviemore started with excellent weather and after an excellent day on the Cairngorm we decided to embark on an ascent of Cairn Toul, Angels Peak and Devils Point. The weather so wonderful that we had a difficult choice to make between this route and a climb on Ardverikie wall  (UKC guide). It's always a tricky decision when you're bagging Munro's! This 22 mile day out needed lots of energy and early start. The mountains looked fabulous, eager
 we left the sugar bowl car park on the road to the Aviemore Ski Centre. Our first objective was to head to the Lairig Ghru we reached this major pass via the narrow and rocky Chalamain gap.

We were soon walking along the Lairig Ghru in the early morning light with splendid views of the Devils point and the slopes of Carn Toul. Enjoying the call of the amazingly camouflagued Ptarmigan.

As we neared the pools of Dee it was soon time to head  into the allt a Garbh Choire. Instead of dropping down we contoured around the hill side cross country. The going was rough, typical of the highlands and energy sapping. In hindsight we should really have lost height and walked along the valley of the allt a Garbh Choire.

The views of Carn Toul, Angels Peak and the Dee valley were magical, our plan was to ascend the Angels peak via the scramble on it's north east ridge.
The colours of the beautiful flowering Lichen were so translucent. We soon arrived at the river, with lots of snow melt the rivers were quite full we paddled across the river and had lunch on a rock as our feet and legs dried in the sun.
Our next objective was to ascend to Lochan Uaine and commence the climb onto Angels peak and Carn Toul.

The scrambling was fun amidst the granite were some interesting outcrops of a sandstone not dissimilar to the Torridonian variety. We soon arrived at the icy waters of Lochan Uaine. There was a problem, it had taken us a lot of time to reach this point. A scramble would be time consuming, we ascended the North ridge of Carn Toul. I went ahead along the ridge to Angels peak and used a contouring route to arrive at the col between Carn Toul and Devils point, here I met Gordon.

The ridge continued easily along to Devils point there were fabulous views it was wonderful to be here.
The descent to the Corrour bothy was OK, here we had a good rest and chat with people staying at the Bothy before starting our 10 mile walk back.

As we wandered down the Lairig Ghru the sunset and we viewed the distant lights of Aviemore. The walk through the boulder strewn Chalamain gap was challenging in the darkness. We arrived back at a crazy time, it was great to have food at our holiday cottage thanks to Amanda and Fran.

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