Date: Mon 10th March 2014
Not much to say in terms of route – just park at the Coire na Ciste car park NH 990 060 and head east past Lochan na Beinne to climb the northern arm of Cairngorm south of Stac na h-Iolaire. A favoured route for us, being rather ill-frequented.
A bit of a grey morning – we started late with the tops clearing. A few snow buntings near the track from the car park.
The track passes Lochan na Beinne – no signs of life yet. It then climbs up under the old forestry patch. The reindeer herd was sitting up near the ridge.
There were snow patches around once the ridge line was reached. Had a quick shufti and, in the absence of visible MCoS hill safety Gestapo, donned the microspikes. 😉
Sunshine was coming and going – sheer bliss compared to much of the last 4 months.
It’s an easy bimble up over crusty snow to the 1028m point where there are views to Beinn Mheadhoin and the south-eastern Gorms.
Carried on up the easy slope to Cnap Coire na Spreidhe.
…..and then up to Cairngorm.
Sheltered behind the rocks at the east end of the summit and had some lunch. Rather a large set of crowds frequented the summit cairn.
Wandered up to the weather station to take a look SW across the Northern Corries.
Reversed route for an easy wander back to the car.
A nice leg stretcher…little effort with some nice views. The Northern ‘Gorms were looking smashing near sunset from the north.
…and a better forecast to come. 🙂