Today on the Blogger Network, Robin makes a grand tour of the Cairngorms
Now that the TGO Challenge is over, we’re waiting with keen anticipation for the first Challenge trip reports to begin popping up on our Blogger Network, but for now this cracking post by Robin Wallace will have to do!
Walk With Wallace is a blog all about backpacking adventures in the mountains, mainly in Scotland. In his latest post, Robin describes a superb route through the heart of the Cairngorms in prime snow patch season, taking in Braeriach and the Lairig Ghru:
We loitered as the sun set behind us, taking several photos of the ever changing light and shadows on Beinn Mheadhoin and beyond. We wandered back to our tents and stayed out a while longer waiting to see what the sky would do. It was a bit cloudy so I caved in and called it a night. Temperatures dropped to 4°C during the night. I woke up cold at one point but managed to drift off again. I’m glad I brought the Long Johns.
In the morning we managed to break camp for 8:30am, to what would prove to be a long but satisfying day. We followed the Garbh Usige Mor, skirted around the north side of Ben Macdui and dropped off down to the Lairig Ghru. We kept to the left just above the stream flowing next to the Allt a Choire Mhoir which took the sting out of the steep descent and within 30 minutes we were down on the valley floor.