Just come back from another 4 days back up in Scotland beefing up my winter log book. This time I was up in the Cairngorms and basing myself in Aviemore. With the recent very warm weather I was wondering if there was any snow left, but i needn’t have worried there as still enough up high and with the temperature dropping all the time I was there it made for some great winter days out. Needing to get up high for the snow and not wanting to just wander around the usual Cairngorm plato I elected to do an ambitious 2 day trip to Circle the Lairig Ghru via the West and East ridges with and overnight stop at the Corrour Bothy. The route through the Chalamain Gap up onto the West side and the summits of Braeriach, Angels Peak, Cairn Toul and The Devils Point proved to be a very long day, 8 1/2 hrs and 23km in all. By the time I got to the bothy I was glad of the comfort of the fire, and my supper. That night in the bothy was shared with 3 other lads who I must thank for bringing the coal and logs.
Next day again saw great weather up top and although the pull up the Alt Clach nan Taillear to the summit of Ben Macdui had me knackered, at least I knew once I reached the top is was mostly downhill. The walk across the tops in the sunshine and back to the car park was worth the mornings hard work getting up there, just wish I’d worked a little bit faster as I was to see the public showers at Aviemore close as I walked up to them, hmm just have to smell for 1 more day.
The next couple of days saw the wind pick up to a stiff breeze over the tops with some light snow flurries though they weren’t that bad. This time I’d thought I’d head off into Corrie an Lochan and practice my steep ground work before having a short wander on the top for some nav practice. Being a weekend the Coire’s were busy with climbers and people on various courses under instruction. I always like having a quick chat you’d be surprised how far some people travel just to climb for a couple of days. Off to the Peak District next with DQv then I must head back up North again I think.