Bynack More and the lovely Cairngorms
by Mountainlove » Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:21 pm
Route description: Bynack More from Glenmore
Munros included on this walk: Bynack More
Date walked: 03/08/2014
Time taken: 4.5 hours
Distance: 21.7 km
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Surely the Cairngorms could be better!
2 weeks later I was back and Bynack More was waiting for me. The weather was glorious (even though the forecast had talked about rain) and parking at the Reindeer Station I was in a good mood and keen to get going.
The walk though the forest towards Glenmore lodge was easy, I guess it would be possible to park at the lodge itself, but the car park looked pretty crammed when I past it, so I was glad I didn’t attempted it.
Moving on I overtook hordes of sunday walkers. It was certainly the busiest start of a hike I had in ages. Stopping briefly at the gorgeous green loch- Lochan Uaine, I took some photos and continued out of the forest were the path split towards the right. From that moment on, I was alone and the stunning countryside was mine to enjoy. Stopping frequently to take pictures, I could see why people love the Cairngorms and with a perfect path to follow the walk was sooo easy.
The path...so easy and lovely
The green loch
Ryvoan bothy blending in perfectly
Lovely...with Bynack More in the far distance
2h after setting off I reached the final climb towards the summit and in the distance saw 2 people. Could I overtake them? Trying to race while walking up a hill isn’t easy, but I do like a challenge I succeeded and managed to overtake the 2 walkers just before the summit.
The final top
Close to the top
The path up
The summit was bigger than I had expected and the views were lovely. Finally I was able to see Cairngorm across the valley and the views down south were stunning. Walking around I took pictures and sat down for a bite to eat.
The top views
Looking out towards the west, I started to get worried when the black clouds I had seen previously seemed to approach with an incredible speed. 'Here comes the rain'. Unpacking my bag, I moved the waterproof gear to the top and decided it was time to leave fast. I looked at the other 2 walkers in shorts and t-shirt and hoped they had thought about proper gear. By the time I started walking down the sun had disappeared and half jumping , half walking I made my decent over the rocky boulders until I reached the wide path again
Black clouds approaching
By that time the first rain drops hit and skin and I started to jog. My backpack bobbed all over the place, until I found a good rhythm and even though running in rather un-suitable hiking boots was a pain, I enjoyed myself tremendously. Looking up the black clouds were now above me and the heaven opened. I stopped quickly to put my waterproof jacket on and cover my backpack in its rain cover. For waterproof trousers it was far too warm.
Just before the rain started
Feeling energetic and rather fit, I continued the jog down the hill. The inside of my jacket quickly turned into a Sauna, but I didn’t care…this was fun!
I would love to say that I managed to run without any breaks, but I am not that fit and took breaks in which I walked fast. By the time Ryvoan bothy came into view the rain stopped briefly and by that time my legs muscles were screaming at me to stop.
It was time to listen to them and walk. I reached the forest knackered and wet inside out. Could things get worse?? Things did got worse when the rain started again and thousand of midges stated to attack me…argh...I thought the buggers don't come out in the rain? When the rain became torrential, the midges finally gave up and 4 hours 30 after leaving the Raindeer Station I was back...drenched by the rain and sweat but happy. What a day it had been and the Cairngorms had showed me how lovely they can be…I shall be back!
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