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Winter's magic in the Cairngorms

Winter's magic in the Cairngorms


Postby brocoli » Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:42 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Ord Ban

Date walked: 30/11/2015

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 19.4 km

Ascent: 470m

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Hello all,
my second report is devoted to the marvelous snow landscape around Loch an Eilein. I think it lasted only this one day so I was very lucky to be there!

Photos say more than words so I give you the photos! :)

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Cairngorms seen from Aviemore Station

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Lairig Ghru and Braeriach (in the clouds) seen from Aviemore Station

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River Spey

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Just before Blackpark

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Meall a' Bhuachaille

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A small pond

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Ord Ban comes into view

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Carn Dearg Mòr (should've gone there for sun)

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Sunrise

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Romantic car park :D

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Icicles

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Climbing Ord Ban

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Loch an Eilein and the Cairngorms

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Loch an Eilein and the Cairngorms seen from the summit of Ord Ban

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Meall a' Bhuachaille seen from Ord Ban

It was my 4th time on this wee little hill and it looks different each time!

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Lairig Ghru seen from Ord Ban

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Aviemore seen from Ord Ban

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Looking south

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Looking southeast with no ZOOM

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Loch an Eilein and the Cairngorms seen from Ord Ban

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Loch an Eilein and the Cairngorms seen from Ord Ban

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Descending Ord Ban

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Loch an Eilein comes into view

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A winter dream

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Loch an Eilein

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Loch an Eilein

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Loch an Eilein and its castle

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Ord Ban

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Loch an Eilein and the Cairngorms

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A little sunshine

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Loch an Eilein and Ord Ban

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Even whiter birches

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Loch an Eilein and Ord Ban

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Loch an Eilein and some Monadhliath top

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Kennapole Hill between Loch an Eilein and Loch Gamhna

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Loch an Eilein and Ord Ban

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Icy Loch an Eilein

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Looks like the trees are going for a walk as well :)

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Sunny Ord Ban

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Carn Eilrig and Braeriach to its right

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Braeriach comes out of the clouds for a wee moment only

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Beautiful Lochan Deò

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Ice patterns of Lochan Deò

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Lochan Deò

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Cairn Gorm

I just got the bus at the foot of Loch Morlich and went up Cairn Gorm with the funicular. Luckily I had a voucher which allowed me to go up and come back for just 1 quid. I've always ascended Cairn Gorm by foot before, so it was weird to get up there so quickly. The views were just amazing and it felt like -16°C on the viewing terrace ;)

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Loch Morlich and Strath Spey seen from the Ptarmigan Station

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Loch an Eilein and Ord Ban seen from the Ptarmigan Station

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Loch Morlich and Strath Spey seen from the Ptarmigan Station

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Loch Morlich, Strath Spey and Meall a' Bhuachaille seen from the Ptarmigan Station

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Ptarmigan Station panorama

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Sunset at the Cairn Gorm Car Park

A wonderful day! But all cold things must come to an end :)
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Re: Winter's magic in the Cairngorms

Postby larry groo » Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:26 am

Fantastic stuff... great pics.

The last one sums up a great day out.

:clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Winter's magic in the Cairngorms

Postby ilovescotty » Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:42 am

Wow great pictures. One of my favorite places in the world! i would love to go during winter next time.
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Re: Winter's magic in the Cairngorms

Postby mgmt! » Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:42 pm

lovely pictures, it never ceases to amaze me how a dusting of snow and some ice can make beautiful scenery better .
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Re: Winter's magic in the Cairngorms

Postby brocoli » Thu Dec 10, 2015 3:14 pm

Cheers you three :) Snow and ice are wonderful in this area but I really like it in summer or autumn too! I don't like these short winter days, can't walk long distances :(
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