Evening in the Gorms - taking my idiot for a walk!
by Jaxter » Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:44 pm
Route description: Cairn Gorm and the northern corries
Munros included on this walk: Cairn Gorm
Date walked: 01/06/2019
Time taken: 4.15 hours
Distance: 13.47 km
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We took the usual path but instead of heading up the Fiacaill Ridge we went for the easy option – I’d been lifting boxes all day and was a bit sore
River crossing to negotiate
Despite trying to take it easy I was walking far too fast – we both just wanted to get up there!
Looking back – Loch Morlich visible and Meall a’ Buachaille
A slight deviation from the path meant we could see into coire an lochain
Wee wisps of cloud were hanging stubbornly around but the forecast seemed to be for an improvement
Across to Braeriach
There were plenty of people coming off the hill – easy to forget it was a Saturday – but we were the only ones going up. For once I was the one getting the weird looks about wearing shorts (clearly Malcy was wearing the trousers today )
Out the top we looked down the impressive crags
Loch Morlich and Meall a’ Buachaille
The sun was starting to come out too – wahey
We were on the plateau – yas!
The Shelter Stone crag and Lochnagar in the distance – we had thought to wander down there but were probably too short on time today
Cairn Gorm and our route ahead over Stob Coire an t-Sneachda
We stopped to add layers – there was little more climbing and it was a bit chilly in shorts! Continuing along the path we could see down towards Loch Avon
Taking my idiot for a walk
Stob Coire an t-Sneachda and Cairn Gorm
And then the sun really came out
Malcy contemplating life, the universe and everything
Looking down Coire an t-Sneachda
There were a few folk still out on the ridge, but it was pretty quiet as we stopped to look back to the Fiacaill ridge
Beinn Mheadhoin and Loch Etchachan
We decided to pop out to Stac an Fharaidh which we’d missed out on before – we weren’t fussed about climbing Cairn Gorm and could traverse around afterwards
We didn’t have to drop very much height to hit the path up from Loch Avon which we followed for a short distance before setting off across easy ground
It was going to be so worth it….and yes it was!
Stacan Dubh where we had camped last summer
Malcy doing his thing
And showing his better side
The sun hitting Carn Etchachan
Towards the Fords of Avon
Although it was stunning we figured we ought to get going – it was getting late and we were hopeful the Winking Owl might still be serving pies if we got there before 10 (turns out they weren’t )
Although we had been planning not to bother with Cairn Gorm itself we sort of found ourselves climbing up it anyway
The crags with Macdui behind
Suddenly we heard a thundering above
Helicopter above the Fiacaill
It was circling around probably looking for someone
It came so close that we could see the guys leaning out with binoculars and gave them a big thumbs up; we assumed they hadn’t come to give us a ride to the Winking Owl
Again I’d been walking faster than I should have and we were at the summit of Cairn Gorm in no time – I’d never been up there til this year, and now twice in two months!
He actually looks happy for once
I could manage this without getting blown over this time
Back the way we’d come
Didn’t feel the need to climb up there this time
After sharing a toffee crisp (Malcy’s idea of sharing food is that I get a bite and he gets the rest ) we headed down the non-yellow brick road
It was a stunning evening so we stuck to the ridge and were rewarded with a pair of ptarmigan (only one really visible in the photo sadly)
As well as stunning views back to the Northern Corries
And the evening light hitting Loch Morlich
Looking back – we were both actually beyond hungry by the this point!
Unfortunately the Winking Owl didn’t serve food that late so we had to shoot back to Inverness to eat, but totally worth the hunger for a wonderful (and well deserved!) evening out on the plateau Hard to believe I didn’t like the Gorms until a few years ago!
by larry groo » Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:24 am
Perfect evening for it too.
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by Alteknacker » Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:03 am
by Graeme D » Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:40 am
by hughdivers1975 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:49 am
by BlackPanther » Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:44 pm
by gammy leg walker » Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:40 pm
Graeme D wrote:Was this a Care in the Community type thing????
Aye but who's the carer
by Jaxter » Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:30 am
larry groo wrote:Fine pics there of a wonderful place!
Perfect evening for it too.
There's something magic about evening light isn't there
Alteknacker wrote:Really superb pics in the evening light (apart from those with Malcy wearing LONG TROUSERS in summer!!!)
I know right, he's turning into a right wuss
hughdivers1975 wrote:Fantastic pics, we were up here on saturday evening too couldn't see a thing on top of Macdui then on the way back the weather was stunning, first time down at Loch Avon too what an amazing place.
Timing is everything isn't it! It was a stunning evening
BlackPanther wrote:Ahh you beat me to it We did a similar walk a few weeks ago, let me check... 17th May it was and my TR is still pending. We had better weather, bright and sunny, spent far too much time photographing the cliffs. On the other hand, the cloud over Ben Macdui in your photos looks very atmospheric
Cheers, it was a bit moody on the way up but couldn't have asked for better on the plateau. Summer evenings eh
gammy leg walker wrote:Graeme D wrote:Was this a Care in the Community type thing????
Aye but who's the carer