Starting from Auchallater, biked in just over 4k, then jogged up to Creag Phadruig, disturbing a herd of red deer. Back down and biked to upper side of Loch Callater. Jog/walk up Jock’s Road / grass track in upper section and then turned south to Tolmount. Good view of head of Glen Doll and surrounding tops. Back down Jock’s road and then crossed over to head up to Loch Kander. Wonderful surprise when you eventually get up over the last section and the Loch is all there hidden in a bowl surrounded by steep sides. More red deer surprised. Looks like Francie should try out Invercauld for stags…..
Lovely sunny weather forecast so we venture out to Loch Callater. Easy cycle in as far as the Lodge and far end of loch. Thereafter there are lots of river crossings to be made but we continued on bike anyway and went as far as the hitch rail for the stalking ponies.
Looks like it is a long time since Jock was up this road as we couldn’t really find any track after starting to climb. Headed up the glen to the Knaps of Fafernie and then simple climb to Tolmount.
Back down same way but contoured around to Loch Kander. The way back from here is rough and wet and seems endless but eventually we reached the bikes. Wet feet again for the river crossings but hardly turned a pedal on the cycle back from the Lodge.
Weather not as good as forecast but was keen to continue checking out crags for next winter and will never forget the gale force winds that forced retreat when skiing to the Tolmount. Once again the winds were blowing but this time cycled up to Loch Callater, which I found really easy so maybe gaining some fitness!
Once off the bike under foot conditions were wet and little sign of other visitors and no sign of crag or the loch, but pressed on and than a corner was turned and there it was…the Lochan which was in deed “inky2, a similar colour that comes from the ink cap mushrooms.
Jog down to the bike and along the west side of Loch Callater. Now I know why I had gone up hill with such ease, and was not fitness, the wind was strong and coming from due west forcing constant peddling to get the bike down the hill. Stopped at the Lodge and jogged gently up past the grouse butts to Creag Phadruig and the Loch.
Rain started as I got back to the bike and returned to van.
Taken a couple of days off work as my sister over for a few days. She was keen to do some good ski descents, I thought it would be good to combine with some cp bagging! Started day heading up Carn an Tuirc following a series of almost linked snow lines. Headed over the back and did a great descent of Y-gully down into Coire Loch Kandar. On reaching the loch realised that snow line pretty much stopped at this point and was unable to convince my sister that a slog with the skis on our backs round to Tolmount was a good idea. Instead booted up east side of the coire to find wind had increased and cloud base lowered. Went up over Cairn of Claise and descended its head wall into Garbh-Choire. A head wind and sticky snow made this not the most pleasant of experiences, but allowed me to persuade a trip up onto Sron na Gaoithe to get a better line back to the car.