Walking of the Christmas Pudding on Sgairneach Mhor
by Cairngorm creeper » Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:51 pm
Munros included on this walk: Sgairneach Mhor
Date walked: 27/12/2016
Time taken: 5.5 hours
Distance: 12.6 km
Ascent: 693mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
The weather reports for the day were fairly pessimistic regarding views, and we thought a bit of navigation practice may be required.
We parked in layby 79 on the A9 and started walking at 08:30. The weather seemed mild and the views looked promising.
There was one party of three setting out from the layby, the only other walkers we saw all day. The Allt Dubhaig was low enough to wade across with very little boulder hoping.
After the snow storms yesterday the snow covering looked surprisingly patchy on the hills as we followed the track into the Coire.
Our route took us to the end of the track and then a little further where a series of Islands allowed us to cross the Allt Coire Dhomhain with dry feet .
It was then a case of straight up the steep heathery slope, following a line to the left of a burn/gully that was well banked out with snow.
The going was less steep than the contours on the map suggested and gave interesting views over the slopes of A,Mharconiach, just about everything else was now hidden in cloud and a compass bearing came in useful to keep us on track.
By 850m, it was starting to feel seriously cold and windy, so we donned extra layers before joining the spur along western edge of Coire Creagach and following this to the summit.
The east was having a much better day than the west.
We were absorbed with the views and musing over footsteps in the snow and only remembered to look out for the route down just in time. The descent had some largish patches of snow of which a couple were hard enough to require step kicking.
The path came and went with the snow and when it did appear it was frequently very icy, so we mostly descended down the heather and rejoined the track just before the foot bridge.
and back to the car for 3pm. An easy day, so not sure how much of the Christmas pudding did get walked off but the weather was much better than the met office forecast and Sgairneach Mhor has a fine shape for a mountain so near the road. An enjoyable outing and we were back in daylight .
by litljortindan » Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:00 am
by FromDownSouth » Fri Dec 30, 2016 10:50 am
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by Cairngorm creeper » Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:50 pm
litljortindan wrote:Looks like proper winter.
FromDownSouth wrote:Cracking photos! There is something about hills and snow that makes them look even more stunning!
Thank you. It would make a good start to winter, if only the snow would stick around. It is so exciting to see it come and sad to see it disappear again so quickly. Fingers crossed for lots of the white stuff in the new year.
by rockhopper » Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:56 pm
by Cairngorm creeper » Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:56 pm
by Huff_n_Puff » Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:21 pm
by Cairngorm creeper » Sun Jan 01, 2017 4:51 pm
Huff_n_Puff wrote:Great photos - that's how my daughter likes her Christmas puddling - with ice cream
Thank you. Your daughter has good taste. Everything is so much nicer when topped with ice cream.