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Brilliant day in Cairngorms.

Brilliant day in Cairngorms.


Postby mamoset » Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:41 pm

Route description: Bynack More from Glenmore

Munros included on this walk: Bynack More, Cairn Gorm

Date walked: 28/03/2017

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 23 km

Ascent: 1450m

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Having missed the weekend of glorious weather up North, Tuesday was the only day i could head there. The Cairngorms appeared to offer the best chance of a decent day, so we headed for Glen More. I was dropped off by my mate, who was carrying an injury, to be picked up at the funicular station later.
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Early morning reflections in Loch Morlich.
I took the path heading for Ryvoan and passed An Lochan Uaine, which was in shade so didn't look as green as normal :shock: I was at the Nethy Bridge - Braemar junction in no time, as the path is pretty good.
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The junction.
Made my way into the Abernethy Reserve and followed the path to the bridge over the River Nethy.
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Ryvoan Bothy & Lochan a' Chait.
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Distant Bynacks and River Nethy.
The going starts to steepen from here, and the temperature was also going up, so i had to shed some layers 8)
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Looking up Strath Nethy.
Ben Avon and Beinn a' Bhuird finally came in to view the higher i got.
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Ben Avon & Beinn a' Bhuird.
My plan had been to "climb" Bynack Beg as well, but with a rise of only 30m, it's not much of a climb :lol:
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Bynacks More & Beg.
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Meall a' Bhuachaille over Mam Suim & Stac na h-Iolaire.
It's a nice little ridge that leads to the summit and so 3 hours after setting off, i was on my first summit of the day, which would also take me over 25% of Munro's done :thumbup:
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Beinn Mheadhoin to Cairn Gorm from ascent.
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Bynack More summit.
Headed from here over to Bynack Beg and then made for the Munro Top of A' Choinneach.
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Easy route finding today!!!
Noticed that the camouflage plumage of the Ptarmigan isn't so effective in spells of warm weather!! :lol: :lol:
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Can you spot her?
Left A' Choinneach, making for The Saddle, down by Loch Avon. This is such a picturesque spot, i stopped for a while to eat, and take in the magnitude of this place. It really is awesome. :clap:
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Cairn Gorm.
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Stacan Dubha towers over Loch Avon.
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Wide angle view from The Saddle.
Had to get moving, next stop was to be Cnap Coire na Spreidhe, one of Cairn Gorm's Munro Tops. A path started from The Saddle, but this was soon lost making this a bit of a boggy climb, but nothing too bad. Saw some people skiing uphill :shock: but they made far better time than me :lol:
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Cairn Gorm from Cnap Coire na Spreidhe.
With the end in sight, i quickly covered the space between these tops and was on Cairn Gorm, 20 years after first topping it.
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Cairn Gorm summit, with Snow Bunting!!
The views all around were fantastic, and i spent a while here taking photo's.
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Back to the Bynacks.
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Distant Cairn Toul & Sgor an Lochain Uaine.
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Ben Macdui.
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Derry Cairngorm & Loch Etchachan.
reluctantly left the summit, but was lucky that i could head down an out of use piste, so only took 20 minutes to get to the car park. The brilliant weather certainly contributed to a great day. Must say, i am becoming more and more fond of the Cairngorms. I've had some great days here, and long may that continue :)
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One for the road.
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Re: Brilliant day in Cairngorms.

Postby rockhopper » Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:00 pm

Brilliant day right enough and a nice view over Loch Avon. Still amazed at the lack of snow - cheers :)
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Re: Brilliant day in Cairngorms.

Postby mamoset » Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:57 am

rockhopper wrote:Brilliant day right enough and a nice view over Loch Avon. Still amazed at the lack of snow - cheers :)

Lack of snow does make it easier to get around tho :lol: cheers rh
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Re: Brilliant day in Cairngorms.

Postby Alteknacker » Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:47 am

I've been wondering about a good route for this part of the Cairngorms - this looks like it. You certainly had a great day for it!
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Re: Brilliant day in Cairngorms.

Postby malky_c » Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:50 pm

Annoying to have missed this weather - Tuesday was miserable in Inverness, but my wife works in Kingussie and said it had been lovely all day there. I didnt realise just how good! Great loop this -did something similar a couple of years ago. A Choinneach has good views into the Loch Avon basin that you miss out on otherwise :)
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Re: Brilliant day in Cairngorms.

Postby mamoset » Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:50 pm

Alteknacker wrote:I've been wondering about a good route for this part of the Cairngorms - this looks like it. You certainly had a great day for it!
Good way to get these two for you alte, if you get a similar day :? 8)

malky_c wrote:Annoying to have missed this weather - Tuesday was miserable in Inverness, but my wife works in Kingussie and said it had been lovely all day there. I didnt realise just how good! Great loop this -did something similar a couple of years ago. A Choinneach has good views into the Loch Avon basin that you miss out on otherwise :)
Cheers malky. I'd viewed Loch Avon from the west end years back, but looking in from the path to the Saddle was awesome.
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