Last Friday I moved from Glencoe to Avimore to see what the Cairngroms could offer. As the title suggests not a lot at the moment, the road up to the ski centre’s been closed all weekend as the hill’s storm bound. After wandering round the shops fondling clothes and getting full of beer in the Old bridge, its was time to do something! So Sunday I decided to test my bivi equipment in proper Scottish conditions. parking the car next to the reindeer center A had a walk round past An Lochan Uaine and up the Strath Nethy before turning right and climbing up below the crags of Stac na h-Lolaire to find a bivi spot near the col. Luckily freezing level late afternoon was around 650m so I found a reasonable snow bank to make a platform and set up for what was to be a very long night, after a boggy wet walk in. Although the night started well with everything dryish, unfortunately it warmed up during the night with persistent rain, sleet and very strong winds. As it turns out E-vent fabric, or any other for that matter doesn’t breathe very well when it 100% humidity outside. So by morning came after 14hrs lying in one spot with a slightly damp down bag I felt a bit miserable. Luckily it had stopped raining some hrs ago so I was at least able to pack up in the dry for another trudge out through wet snow and bog. Still I now know what conditions the Bivi bag and other items will perform in and I also found out another thing about this area! Just because a path is on the map doesn’t mean its actually on the ground.
Wet and windy Cairngorms!