Date: 28th Feb 2008
Just back from a break in Braemar, weather variable with on and off unconsolidated snow and high avalanche risk encouraging us to visit some of the lower tops in the area.
Alan Gordon’s “Scottish Hills” calendar Feb 08 was the view from Sgor Mor to the Lairig Ghru – we didn’t need reminding – climbed this in Feb 07 with high winds and no view and were looking forward to getting some views.
I’d have to disagree with the SMC route for this one – it’s efficient but doesn’t take full advantage of the surrounds, going out from Linn of Dee to White Bridge and ascending from NO 002 895. We took this route in 2007 and with high winds and poor visibility it’s fine but on a good day I’d suggest the following.
We set off from Linn of Dee, going out the White bridge track for just 500m and then cut up between Caledonian Pine patches towards Carn an ‘lc Duibhe. It’s a bit of a slog through heather but takes only about 25mins. A Red Deer bachelor group looked surprised to see us.
Again nothing to worry in progress from Sgor Dubh to Sgor Mor – views from here are splendid – nice south view to Beinn a Ghlo, Ealar and Sgarsoch and across W to Beinn Bhrotain.
On a good day I’d pick one of 2 returns – N towards Devil’s Point and then back the main track to Linn of Dee, or reverse the route. The wind chill was enough to pick the former.
Seems daft on a good day to take the White Bridge track – efficient but the ridge and the north side are where the views are, so worth the extra effort. Great Corbett, well worth revisiting.