A Cairngorm Stravaig

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After my successes on Quinag, I fancied going off to Ben Macdui for a wee bit more distance and ascent. Choosing to get onto the plateau via the ridge between Coire an Lochain and Lurchers Crag would mean I would have other options too should I need to change my plan.

Date started:07/06/21
Distance:8.1 miles
Ascent:764m
Descent:763m
Time taken:22320
Moving time:5:5
Average speed:1.59mph
Maximum speed:3.34mph

A Cairngorm stravaig

Coire an Lochain - the Great Slab
Coire an Lochain - the Great Slab

Meall a' Bhuachaille with Strathspey beyond
Better weather over Meall a' Bhuachaille and northwards.

I was slow, I'd started okay, but as the slope increased to get on to the ridge between Coire an Lochan and Lurchers Crag I slowed a lot. I couldn't seem to find that sweet spot, an alpine pace, that I could keep up continuously without stopping. It was not helped by the low cloud hanging around. More snow across the plateau than I really wanted put paid to thoughts of Beinn Macdui.

Just above Lochan Buidhe, my decision made, I headed NNE to pick up the path over Stob Coire an T-Sneachda, and the 1141m top at the head of the Fiacaill a' Choire Chas.

Skye looking for the view
Skye looking for the view

View across Lairig Ghru to Lochan Uaine and Cairn Toul
View across Lairig Ghru to Lochan Uaine and Cairn Toul

I gave Skye her lunch on the grass near a near a pool of snow melt. I'd make another decision as I neared Cairn Gorm. Well I'd probably climb it but given my lack of oomph I was certainly considering wimping out.

The view down into Coire an T-Sneachda was as fantastic as ever.

The un-inviting way to Ben Macdui
The uninviting way to Ben Macdui

Beinn Mheadhion under a leaden sky
Beinn Mheadhion under a leaden sky

Despite the snow patches and the climb over Stob Coire an T-Sneachda I felt up for Cairn Gorm. Skye was very much in control here, I just plodded up after her, occasionally calling for her to wait. It's a short but steep climb so it didn't take too long before the weather station aerials became visible.

Skye having a break before takleing yet another snow patch
Skye having a break before takleing yet another snow patch

Top of the Goat Track and crags of Fiacaill a' Coire an T-Sneachda
Top of the Goat Track and crags of Fiacaill a' Coire an T-Sneachda

Looking back to Beinn Macdui
Looking back to Beinn Macdui

Cairngorm across Windy Col
Cairngorm across Windy Col

Weather and relay station on Cairn Gorm
Weather and relay station on Cairn Gorm

Tags: munro, outdoor, scotland Written 07/06/21 

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