Beinn Macdui, an autumnal stroll. November 2014

Date: Sunday 9th November 2014
Distance: 17.5km
Ascent: 870m

A good looking Sunday for the ‘Gorms. We’d planned to wander out to Bynack More – however on the drive out to Glenmore it was plain that there was an inversion so walking under the mist through Ryvoan seemed like criminal negligence.

Decided to simply go for our standby ‘Gorms Sunday walk to Ben Macdui instead. Cue Shills report number 12 for Ben Macdui.

Broke through the inversion before the Sugarbowl Car Park. Stopped a bit further up for some piccies:

Headed out of the top car park – blissfully free of the piped muzak that “entertains” the skiers in winter.

The Northern Corries starting to don winter garb:

Meall a Buachaille and inversion:

Coire an Lochain:

Quickly into a very thin snow layer – but enough to enjoy one of the winter entertainments – tracks. Ptarmigan and hare here:

Near the 1083m point the sun peaks out:

…and so into sunshine. With the west view of the eroded slopes of Sron na Larig and Sgoran Dubh Mor:

Sron na Lairig:

Pools of Dee, Cairn Toul and Bod an Deamhain:

Misty Bod an Deamhain:

Carrying on at our usual distracted pace up along the side of Cairn Lochain:

A transient sight – grass stems ice-clad. These are flattened by winter:

Crossing to the south of Cairn Lochain the view opens across Beinn Mheadhoin and Ben Avon’s tors:

SAR were out on a practice…..first over the Northern Corries:

……and then right over us:

Carried on up Macdui – the view across Lairig Ghru is a personal favourite:

Pano shot:

Met a few folk on the Macdui summit – headed 100m south to our usual lunch spot with a clear view down to Corrour Bothy and Bod an Deamhain:

Sat around for 45 minutes and enjoyed the warmth of the sun. Even posted a photo on Facebook – just to irritate anyone at home. 😉

A few flights of snow buntings passed over – they really look like snowflakes at this time of year.

The summit was empty on our return – the trig and viewpoint indicator not buried this time:

Headed across to the north top just for a look towards the Loch Avon basin:

I think the view from the north top across Lairig Ghru is a little better than from the path:

Wended our way back – not sure what the ptarmigan are up to but we saw very few….and none close up.

Visited Lochan Buidhe – sky blue puddle in white:

Headed back to the shoulder of Cairn Lochain – had a last look at Macdui. Rolling it may be but the access to the subarctic plateau is a delight.

Lurcher’s Crag and Carn Eilrig:

Moss and Cairn Lochain:

Northern Corries from the return path:

Don’t think I’ll ever tire of these wanders – more people than our usual walks but the access to Scotland’s subarctic is unparalleled.

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