Ben Avon and low camp. April 2006

Date: Saturday-Sunday 29th-30th April 2006
Distance: 26.4 + 10km
Ascent: 1200 + 240m

Ben Avon was on our radar as a wild camp hill. Back in 2006 we had a horribly heavy system, with a heavy tent and heavy packs. The plan was to drop the tent and packs and carry on with wee light packs to the hill. Glad that system is a thing of the past.

It was our first walk out this way from Invercauld. Lovely views to Lochnagar.

Lochnagar from near Invercauld:

Yomped on out through the Slugain Gap and dropped most of the gear at a decent spot near the woods under Carn Fiaclach.

K at drop site:

Carried on up the path to the Sneck.

K and Beinn a Bhuird pano:

Link to Larger pano

The cliffs of Beinn a Bhuird attract the attention.


Still quite a bit of snow around…..snow bridge over the path.
Snow bridge:

…and then the turn to head up the glen to the Sneck.

Turning up towards the Sneck:

A’Chioch from ascent to Sneck:

There were big snowfields on the way up to the Sneck, with soggy snow.

The Sneck approach:

Nearing The Sneck:

Once out of the glen, it’s a short climb up on to Ben Avon’s summit area.

Climbing Ben Avon:

….and then, finally, a view of the summit tor of Ben Avon.
Leabaidh a Diamh Bhuidhe:

The Ben Avon plateau:

On the tor:

It was plain that there was a lot more to Ben Avon than we were visiting, but we headed back the way we had come to head down to the tent.

Across The Sneck:

Lovely clouds were mirroring the snow patches on Beinn a Bhuird as we dropped back down.

Beinn a Bhuird from return:

Beinn a Bhuird and clouds:

Returned to the tent and pitched the tent. A nice wee camp site.

Pitch site:

The next day dawned misty – from the look of it a summit camp would have been the place to be. Still, atmospheric where we were.

View from tent:

Misty morning:

A’Chioch over mist:

Having had a wee wander it was back to the tent for breakfast.


We had wondered about heading up the Carn Fiaclach path to Beinn a Bhuird, but the river was in spate and no easy crossing presented itself.

We decided to stroll back to the car.

Looking back:

Back through the Slugain Gap and down to the car at Invercauld.

Slugain Path:

All a bit unwieldy in retrospect, but all part of the learning process to – a much enjoyed trip.

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