Cairngorm via Cnap Coire na Spreidhe…again. March 2014

Date: Mon 10th March 2014
Distance: 11.5km
Ascent: 810m

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.

Snow Bunting:

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.

Approaching 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. 😉

First snow at 700m:

H and Stac na h-Iolaire:

Sunshine was coming and going – sheer bliss compared to much of the last 4 months.

A bit of sun and a view to the Buachaille:

Stac na h-Iolaire:

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.

Beinn Mheadhoin from Pt 1028m:

Carried on up the easy slope to Cnap Coire na Spreidhe.

Over to Loch Etchacan from Cnap Coire na Spreidhe:

…..and then up to Cairngorm.

Across to Ben Macdui from Cairngorm:

East along the River Avon:

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.

Northern Corries with added atmosphere:


Reversed route for an easy wander back to the car.


Descent to Coire Ciste car park:

A nice leg stretcher…little effort with some nice views. The Northern ‘Gorms were looking smashing near sunset from the north.

Northern Cairngorms from Pityoulish:

…and a better forecast to come. 🙂

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