Got a call from an old friend soon to be leaving the 60’s behind re going out for day as the forecast was good. I had bumped into him On Lochnagar In Feb, but seems since then he has struggled to get out into the hills. This was not going to be a big ticking day though optimism meant that despite having 1 sac between us rock boots were included.
Plan wa sto try and get 3 ticks but the start was not good as we both caused delays aso when start eventually happened it was not early. We biked up to the far woods in Glen Derry, pleased to say bridge at Derry Lodge is up and open though not used, where the bikes were dropped. The river was crossed with feet staying dry, just, and pleasant ground was covered up to the eastern Lochan Uaine which is a truely fine spot. The waterfall above it looks like a fine winter project, assuming it flows enough to freeze. From there we headed west up hill avoiding the snow and the small cliffs to reach Little Cairngorm ( a fine name for a checkpoint!!!) were alas a decission had to be made, Chigong started at 7 and must say the team was making steady progress. so Lochain Uaine and climbing On Grey man’s crag had to bed shelved until the snow has cleared as even the loch was still half iced so Derry Cairngorm was ascended. No sign of anybody near summit and great views showing significant Snow cover fo checkpoints 5 to 9.
The coll to the west of Creagan a’Choire Etchachan was climbed and the snow easily avoided in the climb up to Loch Etchahan which was a popular campsight. From the Loch the track was followed to the Hutchison hut an dback to the bikes. Despite best efforts was only back in time for the Tai Chi class at 8.
A fine day and hopefully will find a way to get pics on.