Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October 2009
The weekend forecast had us rummaging through the wild-camp route folder. Initial plans for a Kintail camp were dampened by the forecast suggesting early west coast involvement in an oncoming weather front so Cairngorms were chosen.
Driving up on a beautiful morning the temp was -2C with clear skies. Parked up at Linn of Quoich at 0800 – sun just rising.
On with the big rucksacks – a high camp planned and the possibility of a cold one had some extra insulation and a heavier sleeping bag in the sack.
The target was Beinn a Bhuird – we’ve climbed it twice via the An Diollaid track but I’d had a hankering to try the Carn Fiaclach route, and also to explore the link between Glen Quoich and Glen an t-Slugain.
The birch leaves were falling like snow, albeit snow of a colour you shouldn’t eat. 😉
Overflown by a very large flock of fieldfares here.
We’d heard tell of a track linking the road running E along Quoich Water and the track from Gleann an t-Slugain but never looked for it. It exists – some parts are cycle standard, some parts fade, but for the walker it was easy progress.
Joined the track from the Invercauld side and started up Carn Fiaclach.
The track is good underfoot all the way but the heat was sapping – we were probably a bit overdone in terms of insulation and I was sweating like a pig.
Pano across to N top:
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A great table for lunch with lovely views.
The N top is way too flat to get great views from so we hastened on to the tor over Cnap a Chleirich. Must admit the original plan had been to head over to Ben Avon and find a pitch in the lee of a tor. The forecast had suggested strengthening winds from the SW overnight.
A nice looking pitch was spotted on the N side of the current tor and after a quick confab an early pitch was approved.
Lounged around in the tor cooking tea and generally slobbing til the sun began to set.
The wind really did pick up overnight – a less than good night’s sleep but the tent stood up admirably. A bit disappointingly the temp stayed up above freezing so much of the heavier kit was superfluous.
The clouds seemed to be covering everything S and W and quickly engulfed us too.
We wondered about climbing up Ben Avon but in the higher winds and cloud, and having been up there 8 weeks ago we decided to just descend from the Sneck.
Overcast most of the way.
Rather than walk out round the glens we thought the direct route over Carn na Drochaide would be fun. Carn na Criche is only 130m up from the track at the Quoich/Slugain split.
A great walk and a different way up and down Beinn a Bhuird for us. Great sun up and sun down. We do like high camps. 😀