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The Big Routes: The Lairig Ghru & Lairig an Laoigh

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 UKH Articles 11 May 2017
two lairigs montage, 4 kbForĀ this instalment in our series on the UK's best big gnarly routes we make the classic, not-so-low-levelĀ circuit of the Cairngorms

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 OMR 11 May 2017
In reply to UKH Articles:

Just a wee tip if doing this route in heavy rain. One of the escape routes recommended by Dan if you get stuck on the south side of the Fords of Avon is to retreat back towards Linn o Dee. However the Glas Allt Mhor, near the head of Glen Derry, can rise very quickly in heavy rain and can become uncrossable. Following the burn upstream means an ascent right up onto the plateau because of the steep banks and is not a good idea in extreme weather. It may be necessary to head up towards the Hutchison Hut, cross the burn by the small wooden plank bridge, and descend Glen Derry on the 'wrong' side. No path and very arduous. One of those places where there is no easy solution.
In reply to OMR:

Good knowledge, thanks Neil: will work that into the info box
 OMR 11 May 2017
In reply to Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com:

The sorry tale of one failed crossing of the Glas Allt Mor can be found here - https://cairngormwanderer.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/escape-from-the-fords-of-avon/
 petestack 11 May 2017
In reply to UKH Articles:

Nice one, Dan! As you know, we ran it on Saturday...

http://www.petestack.com/blog/lairig-quartet.html
 steelbru 13 May 2017
In reply to UKH Articles:

Like Pete above, I've ran it and rather than going through the Chalamain Gap, I go around Loch Morlich via Piccadily. I prefer doing it clockwise for some reason, although the pull up the Ghru after 20 odd miles is tough.
It's definitely my favourite circular run in Scotland

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