Am Braigh Riabhach

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Mountain Walks
Jun 12

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16 miles/ 26km with 1217m of ascent

Commonly known as Braeriach, this giant sprawling lump of mountain translates somewhat unexcitedly as the brindled upland. This mountain has a large generally featureless plateau for a summit and the standout parts are the corries that drop precipitiously on the south side. Notably the River Dee bubbles up out of this plateau at the Wells of Dee and starts its journey to the North Sea. It is also the third highest mountain in the UK, after Ben Nevis and a neighbouring mountain of Ben MacDui.

Our route from the Whitewell car park heads south on the track down Gleann Eanaich, easing our muscles into the day as it gains only 200m of ascent over almost 10km of walking, just before we reach Loch Eanaich our path picks a route up through Coire Dhondail gaining 500m of ascent in little over 2km of distance.  The hardest part of the climb is over once the SW shoulder of the mountain is reached but there's still almost 300m of height to go.  The plateau itself is almost 3km long with the summit cairn at 1296m towards the eastern end, from here we continue to follow the edge of Coire Bhrochain before turning north and dropping down towards the Lairig Ghru then the Rothiemurchus forest and back to Whitewell.

This event is one that is celebrating the broadcast 30 years ago of 'The Munro Show'.  This STV programme was broadcast in 1991/92 with Muriel Gray at its helm, which was a series that was involved in bringing mountaineering and munro bagging into the modern mainstream. Braeriach is one of a handful of the 22 mountains covered that can be found on YouTube -

Please be aware that this event may be amended or cancelled in the event of a poor weather forecast - being in the high Cairngorms in poor weather is dangerous.

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  • All are required to practice social distancing – staying 2m (not 1m) apart at all times, including the lunch stop.
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