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Sunshine on the Cairngorm plateau

Sunshine on the Cairngorm plateau

Postby gaffr » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:35 am

Route description: Ben Macdui and Cairngorm

Munros included on this walk: Ben Macdui

Date walked: 29/04/2012

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My Sunday walk took me out to Ben Macdui in glorious sunshine. From the Cas carpark I headed out to the broad ridge left of the so called Lurchers gully to gain the high ground.
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Heading for 1083 with a view of the Cairn Lochan cliffs.
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A skier skinning his way towards Macdui.
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Not many walkers around today. Mostly skiers on the summit some of whom were about to make their way towards Beinn Mheadhoin.
The rain that fell on the lower ground for most of the week came as snow above 800 metres and cllected in great quantities on the plateau.
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Climbers reaching the upper section on their climb out of Coire an t-Sneachda.
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The joy of ending on the plateau.
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Not more than a few metres away a skier side slips his way into the exit from Aladdins couloir to descend to the coire floor.
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Preparations done, he is now hopping over the flute of snow to drop into the main part of the gully.
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Tracks and skiers signatures all over the plateau.
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A snowshoer making his way to the cairn at .1141.
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The walk down from .1141 to the ski area. The several descents possible from. the summit of Cairngorm looked almost pisted owing to the sheer passage of the many skiers walking up to the top to ski off-piste.
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Re: Sunshine on the Cairngorm plateau

Postby monty » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:22 am

Excellent Gaffr. I have concentrated this early year to bag lots of munros at the expense of touring skiing. So your pictures make me mad :lol: :lol: Not to worry there is always next year. :D

Re: Sunshine on the Cairngorm plateau

Postby davetherave » Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:36 pm


Lovely pics you got for your Sunday jolly. Looks like you had a smashing day for it.
We made it out this weekend, we were seeking the comforts of corriemor bothy. I will report sometime soon on probably our best winter experience to date.

Thanks again for your cairngorm report.

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Re: Sunshine on the Cairngorm plateau

Postby PeteR » Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:29 pm

Really enjoyed this :D Some stunning pictures :D Not sure I'd be skiing down a gully though :lol: Certainly made for a good photo though :D
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