Date: Saturday 3rd November 2007
Nice weekend past, got into the Cairngorms on the Saturday and took a jaunt round one of my favourite loops, out from the Cairngorm car park round Beinn Macdui to Loch Etchacan, down to Loch Avon and then up Coire Raibert to Cairngorm, with options to include Derry Cairngorm and Beinn Mheadhoin. Posted with a nod to Finbad who posted a very similar route a few weeks back.
Given the unphotogenic conditions on Saturday, (or in the absence of a photographer skilful enough to make it photogenic), I’ve patched together some photos from previous loops round these tops.
Head out to the Ski car park, Loch Morlich occasionally plays ball to set the mood:
There’s a few routes onto the plateau, to suite all moods. We tend to favour the easy amble up the arm running along the W edge of Coire an Lochain, to the E of Lurcher’s Crag. Lurcher’s makes a great short walk in winter with brilliant views down the Lairig Ghru:
The track leads up to the 1083m point then carries on S along the W side of Cairn Lochan to drop about 15m to flat ground with a few lochans, then a steep pull up about 75m to a much more sub-alpine environment. Good views back to Lurcher’s and Aviemore.
The big boulder on the beach has sunk about 2ft in 5yrs! From here head NE to Coire Raibert with some very minor scrambliness to get up the gully to Coire Raibert. Seen the reindeer up here on occasion.
From the Coire either climb Cairngorm and drop past Ptarmigan (or take the train now) to the car park or head straight down the nose of Fiacaill Coire Cas for an easy descent.
The simple loop is about 6hr or so, adding the other munros beefs it up to 9-10hrs at a slow pace. On the right day it’s a route that gives constantly changing perspectives.