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Cairngorm 4,000-footers to be featured

Posted 16 November 2009
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Cairngorm 4,000-footers to be featured
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Two of Britain's highest mountains may attract more people bearing hiking equipment in the next few weeks after Trail Magazine featured them in its December issue.

The publication's monthly 3-D guide to Braeriach and Cairn Toul - the third and fourth highest in Britain at 1,296 metres (4,252 ft) and 1,291 metres (4,237 ft) respectively - may prompt some to set off to climb them.

Part of the sub-arctic Cairngorm plateau, the ridge also contains a third 4,000-foot Munro in Sgorr an Lochan Uaine, which is 1,258 metres (4,127 ft high) and stands between the two higher peaks, while another Munro - the Devil's Point - lies to the south.

Ordnance Survey maps of the area may help with navigation on the plateau, that towers above the Lairig Ghru Pass, in which the sole habitable building is the Corrour Bothy.

Breariach's climate may be particularly harsh in the winter, making the wearing of men's fleeces a good idea.

The mountain's features include An Garbh Coire, whose near-permanent snowfields melted only three times during the 20th century.

Posted by Brandon Egley