COMPLETING BRITAIN’S TOP 6 WITH BRAERIACH, SGOR AN LOCHAIN UAINE, CAIRN TOUL

In July I summited Ben Macdui (2nd highest).

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In August, Ben Nevis (highest).

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Just two weeks after on August 30, 2016 I’m heading back up the A9 in the dark hours of night aiming to summit Britain’s 3rd, 4th and 5th highest, Braeriach, Cairn Toul and Sgor an Lochain Uaine respectively.

With the ascent of Cairngorm on the same day of climbing Ben Macdui, that means I topped Britain’s 6 highest peaks between June and August 2016.

Ranking Mountain Height (ft) Relative height (ft) Height (m) Relative height (m)
1 Ben Nevis 4409 4409 1344 1344
2 Ben Macdui 4294 3116 1309 950
3 Braeriach 4252 1512 1296 461
4 Cairn Toul 4236 545 1291 166
5 Sgòr an Lochain Uaine 4127 387 1258 118
6 Cairn Gorm 4085 476 1245 145

It’s 3.30am on August 30th and on the A9 heading for the heart of the Cairngorms once again.

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I arrive at the Sugar Bowl Car Park near Cairngorm Mountain Resort around 6am and commence a long 12.5 hour walk, incorporating 3 munros.

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CREDIT: GOOGLE MAPS

BRAERIACH

Conditions aren’t bad, dry with mix of sun and cloud but rather windy!

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After leaving the car 40 minutes ago and rounding Cairngorm and other hills, the wilderness opens up and Braeriach lies before me.

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So the long, wind swept ascent of Braeriach begins. Cairngorm Summit seen in distance of below photo.

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Very open, exposed, windy plateau on ascent of Braeriach.

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Nearing the top.

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Nice view looking down Glen Dee.

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Great capture of lentecular cloud from Braeriach’s vast open top. No shelter at all from the 50+ mph wind.

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Looking across to Cairn Toul (left) and Sgor an Lochain Uaine (right). Long walk still in front of me.

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After loosing at least an hour battling fog and with no GPS I finally make it to the summit of 4,126ft Sgor an Lochain Uaine, Britain’s 5th highest.

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Cloud/fog continue to clear making for great views of my final summit, Cairn Toul.

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Looking down on Lochan Uaine (loch) and across Glen Dee to mighty Ben Macdui.

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Sunshine begins to appear providing stunning views looking back to Braeriach as I decent a steep gully between Cairn Toul and Sgor Lochain Uaine.

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Ben Macdui looking great!

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After a tiring decent off Cairn Toul, I’m down on the floor of Glen Dee but a long 2 hour walk awaits before re-joining the path I started off on early in the morning.

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Looking back at where I had just been, Cairn Toul left, Sgor an Lochain Uaine right.

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