Breezy Ben Macdui

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You have climbed 93/282 munros.

I'd had a couple of weeks or so of rest from the outdoors whilst I was recovering from my Humira injection, and producing another release of mapping. But now needed to get out. My default choice was Ben Macdui on a relatively quiet route.

Date started:14/07/21
Distance:10.1 miles
Ascent:768m
Descent:769m
Time taken:22140
Moving time:5:20
Average speed:1.90mph
Maximum speed:3.40mph

Ben Macdui

As per usual I was awake before the alarm went off at 6am. Gave Skye her travel sickness tab, had breakfast, etc. Weather was a reasonable breeze but the forecast for the northern cairngorms was for the low cloud to clear and the wind to increase.

After a slow journey to the cairngorm ski centre top car park (where they were installing ticket machines and access control barriers...) it was pretty quiet still with a fresh breeze. Skye and I set off fairly promptly and made good progress along the northern coires path. It was however a harsh slog up the ridge overlooking Coire an Lochan. I'm fairly pleased with the pace, not great but I didn't sit down for a rest at all.

A succession of people passed me but they were obviously young and fit, so I didn't too bad. It also started to get busier. Especially as we got to the summit. I didn't hang around much, just a drink of water and set off back. The wind had got up, and any cloud dispersed so the temperature was starting to climb.

Skye resting before tackling Ben Macdui
Skye resting before tackling Ben Macdui

Ben Macdui toposcope
Ben Macdui toposcope

Ben Macdui summit
Ben Macdui summit

Tags: munro, outdoor, scotland Written 14/07/21 

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