Backpacking, day-walks and shorter strolls in the uplands and lowlands of Northern England, Wales, Scotland and occasionally further afield too.
Thursday, 20 May 2010
TGO Challenge 2010 - Day 7: Dalwhinnie to Gaick
The cafe next to the bunkhouse provided an excellent cooked breakfast, which made a pleasant change from the museli with dried milk that I'd had for the previous six mornings.
It was overcast when I left Dalwhinnie shortly after 9:30 and headed south for a couple of km. It was then time to cross the A9, which is a major landmark on any TGO challenge route as it marks the approximate half-way point (give or take a day).
A landrover track made for an easyish ascent up to 900m, where it was time for a detour to the south to bag A'Bhuidheanach Bheag. I returned north to climb Carn na Caim in almost perfect hillwalking weather: dry, overcast and warm but not too hot, with a pleasant breeze. There were a few others out walking with daysacks, but once I left the Munros I saw no-one else for the rest of the day.
I headed east over rough moorland covered with peat hags for 4km and eventually picked up a faint path dropping down towards Gaick. I was surprised not to see any other challengers around here.
I found a lovely spot to camp by the side of the Allt Gharbh Ghaig at 7pm and decided to spend the night. Therefore, I'll have to make an early start tomorrow to make sure I make it to the Falls of Tarf.