Hills: Glas Maol and Creag Leacach
Date: Monday 7th May 2018
Company: Myself, Becky and Cuillin
Distance: 12.5km Ascent: 735m
Time: 4Hrs 50Mins
On reviewing the MWIS forecast on Sunday evening,
the forecast looked pretty-good for the Eastern Cairngorms. We therefore
packed our hillwalking gear and set off in the van to spend the night
parked-up in Glenshee. In 2017, we ascended Glas Maol, Cairn of Claise and
Cairn an Tuirc. On this visit we intended again ascending Glas Maol but also
On Monday morning we set off walking hoping the
weather would improve, to be as forecast.
The ascent of Glas Maol was very familiar territory. This would be my
tenth logged ascent of Glas Maol but possibly my eleventh in total as I may
also have ascended this one with my school hillwalking club long before I
logged my hills. This would be Cuillin's third ascent of Glas Maol and
Becky's second ascent.
This was my first walk in years without
carrying and using my bulky DSLR. I decided to just use my iPhone. My only
regret was during the initial ascent on spotting some mountain hare. While
the iPhone is good for landscapes, it lacks za-za-zoom!
to my van and across to the Cairnwell:
It was great to get back out onto the hills with Becky to undertake her
first Munros of 2018.
Descent towards Ski Hut:
Approaching Ski Hut:
On reaching an avoidable snowpatch, we decided not to skirt or bypass it
but instead I kicked steps into the snow and Becky followed in my steps.
Ascending Meall Odhar:
After a quick photo stop at Meall Odhar we continued on towards the
summit of Glas Maol.
At the summit of Meall Odhar:
During the final ascent it started to rain fairly heavily so we stopped
to put on waterproofs before continuing on to the summit.
back towards Meall Odhar and across to the Cairnwell:
Before reaching the summit we came up into low cloud which actually
dropped a couple of hundred metres during the walk instead of rising or
dissipating. On reaching the summit we took shelter in the shelter for a
drink and bite to eat. I also got my compass out and took a bearing towards
Becky and Cuillin at the summit of Glas Maol:
Using the compass was not that essential as we just had to follow rusty
fenceposts and then the dyke all the way to the summit of Creag Leacach.
Following the dyke out to Creag Leacach:
By the time we reached Creag Leacach the rain was pouring down, it was
cold and windy and we could see nowt. Becky did not particularly like the
wet slippery rocks so we held hands en-route to the summit and on the
I decided it would be easier, and less steep, to return to
the van via the same route albeit this would mean re-ascending Glas Maol.
At the summit of Creag Leacach:
It didn't take long to get back to the summit of Glas Maol where we
again made use of the large shelter to have a drink and some food. Cuillin
particularly enjoys foot stops!
Summit selfie back at the summit of
From the summit of Glas Maol, we returned to the van via the same route.
I suspect I have now climbed Glas Maol (and Cairnwell) a sufficient
number of times. I have climbed Lochnagar an even greater number of times
but will continue to revisit Lochnagar.