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A perfect day on Ben Macdui
by smike » Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:26 pm
Munros included on this walk: Ben Macdui
Date walked: 06/02/2015
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 17 km
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We turned the corner and got a magical first glimpse into Coire An t-sneachda - everything was completely white - a grand sight:
There were plenty of climbers in the Coire - we decided on the easy climb of Aladdin's Couloir. It was fantastic line, the snow was in good condition and there was only one slightly dicey icy step when we wished we'd had two ice axes and perhaps should have roped up - other than that it was a straightforward snow climb - very atmospheric.
Just before we hit a small col known as Aladdin's Seat we heard some voices from above - it was a skier and a boarder waiting for a descent - there's nothing like the feeling of confidence shattering than knowing someone is going to ski down something you think is a tough climb! We hurried up to the col, had a quick chat and watched them descent into the Couloir - rather them than me!
We had a rest at Aladdin's seat - a fantastic place to be and take it all in:
A short climb from the col got us to the plateau
Once up we couldn't believe our luck. There was no wind, extensive snow cover and wall to wall sunshine! After chatting to a climber who'd just ascended Goat Track gully, he commented that it was a 'One in a hundred' day. We quickly decided on a change of plan to the original short route to Cairngorm and headed across the pristine plateau to Ben Macdui to make the most of these rare conditions. I feel unable to articulate how wonderful it was up there, so I'll let the photos do the talking:
The view from the summit just took my breath away. It was quite busy up there with plenty of people taking advantage of the stunning conditions - plenty of ski tourers about. We spoke to a guy from Perth who said he'd been coming to the mountains for 50 years and this was one of the best days he'd ever had - I'm not sure I'll ever have another as good. We the had the long plod back to the car over the plateau via the shoulder of Cairn Lochan. The deep snow with an icy crust made this hard going, but we didn't regret it one bit - a memorable day not to be wasted.
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by Fife Flyer » Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:42 pm
Your enthusiasm came across Having experienced an occasional rare day like that, you just walk around in awe at the sheer beauty of this fantastic country that we are lucky enough to live in
by Silverhill » Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:08 pm
by Montmirail » Fri Feb 13, 2015 11:54 am
by jules999 » Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:43 pm
by smike » Fri Feb 13, 2015 10:39 pm
Jules999 - amusing that you got roped into climbing Ben macdui without knowing it! Well done on raising all those funds for ms.
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