Carn Binnein and the East Glenshee Plateau. December 2007

Date: Sun 2nd Dec 2007
Distance: 17.7km
Ascent: 825m

After a fairly grey, windy walk out from Blair Atholl to Beinn Dearg on Saturday the forecast held the promise of sun in the NE so we got up early and headed over to Glen Shee to park at Spittal of Glenshee prior to dawn.

Had this walk in mind for some time – Spittal of Glenshee out Gleann Taitneach to climb up Carn Bhinnein from the W and then round from Carn Bhinnein to the munro Carn A Gheoidh, then down over the plateau to Ben Gulabin and back to the start.

Walked up the NE side of the river on an estate track, curving round into Glen Taitneach just as dawn broke. Dawn brought Alpenglow on the snow tops of Carn Bhinnein and Beinn Iutharn Mor.

A juvenile Golden Eagle sailed past in the early light, doubtless looking for badly camouflaged white hares on the lower slopes.

A few km up the glen and then broke right to climb the Allt below Carn Binnein, easing onto the W ridge without difficulty. Great views across to Glas Tulaichean’s Glas Choire Mhor.

Scattered an enormous amount of mountain hare – variety of progress in colour change, most fairly white. Passed 2 corpses that were fairly well eaten, presumably eagle fodder.

Slight steepening to the summit of Carn Binnein, unfortunately snow was unconsolidated so no need for crampons.

Great views from the top, quick break then on towards Carn a Gheoidh. A caribou style Red Deer herd marched over the bealach as we watched.

Nice views from Carn Bhinnein to Glas Tulaichean:

View back to Carn Bhinnein:

Easy walking up a gentle ridge to the summit. Fragmentary views to the Cairngorms, better to Lochnagar. View E to Cairnwell and on:

Back to Carn Bhinnein:

Marched S off the summit, steep 100m drop then picked up the estate track over to Carn Mor

The views over to Carn Bhinnein still quite attractive:

Continued on easy ground down over Creagan Bheithe

Reached bealach under Ben Gulabin. Had planned to head over this but light was growing short so we headed down the track to the road and back to the car. Nice views back up the glen to the Cairnwell and Creag Leacach.

At the risk of raising ChrisM’s ire – a great, quiet route, only passed 2 people near the munro, otherwise just us and the wildlife. Great battery recharger after the last months weather.

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