Date: Sat 12th January 2008
Weather: Clag breaking to Glorious sunshine, no wind, inversion.
After the difficult weather of the last week (not nice driving in the Central Belt) it looked good to drive north and walk on Saturday. Headed for Aviemore, a bit upset when the final forecast suggested the northern Cairngorms might be the only bit of Scotland with cloud but hay ho that’s walking.
Parked up at the Reindeer Centre – you can drive 1km on to Glenmore Lodge but parking is limited and the roads were icy.
It’s quite an easy amble from the old Bynack Stables bridge up to the plateau, lots of Ptarmigan and hare tracks but saw none – may have been hiding after an eagle went past (first Golden Eagle I’ve ever seen on the northern Cairngorms).
No real navigation issues as the plateau was wind-scoured and the track easily visible. Climbed the steep N ridge of Bynack More, 1 chap had kindly beaten us up, kicking steps in the snow – much easier for us. 🙂
If the guy I met on the top is reading – I apologise for the rest of the report. Met him at the top where he’d been freezing his butt hoping for clearing, thanked him for his steps and then he left – 5 minutes before the summit cleared – nae luck.
All in all same old, same old this winter – sunshine and inversion. There is something magical about a clearing day although sun from the start would have been nice.