I was in town for the Aviemore half marathon but had arrived a day early - and the weather was too beautiful to pass up the chance for a walk - clear blue skies as far as the eye could see. A walk up a Corbett is probably contraindicated by most training regimens but PBs be damned, up we went.
We had lunch at the windshelter cairn - and boy did we need the shelter - the wind was quite something. Shared a bit of chat with another couple who we had passed on the way up. Beautiful views to Cairn Gorm and the northern corries, already covered in snow - happy days for skiers.
After getting back to the bottom we found that much of the path the way back to Aviemore was the same route I’d be running on tomorrow - unfortunately this insider knowledge of the course did little to improve my time the next day… still, no regrets, an absolutely lovely half day on a relatively easy but very rewarding hill.
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