VARIOUS STUFF - WALK UP CAIRN GORM & BEN MACDUI - 7 March 2011 - page 01
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These pics are from 7 March 2011 after I got the bus from Aviemore to the Coire Cas car park at Cairngorm to walk over Cairn Gorm to Ben Macdui.

This is looking back to Loch Morlich and Aviemore as I headed from the car park up Sron an Aonaich. No snow here after rain and a thaw in late Feb (but in the days after my visit heavy snow returned - this walk would have been a very different proposition if I'd tried it a week later.)


Looking up the other direction up to the Cairngorms was a more wintery scene.

 


Heading towards the Ptarmigan restaurant and funicular railway station beneath Cairn Gorm.

The funicular railway.

A look down from the final climb to Cairn Gorm. The restaurant is below to the left while plenty of skiers and snowboarders do their thing.

Looking along the dramatic northern corries, with the tops of Stob Coire an t-Sneachda and Cairn Lochan which I'd be walking over later.

The view north from Cairn Gorm summit.

And looking south east to cloud covered peaks.


Cairn Gorm weather station beneath a clear blue sky.


Heading down towards the Cairngorm plateau. My route ahead would be along the edges on the right before turning towards Ben Macdui which is hidden in the clouds somewhere over to the left.

Above Coire an Sneachda.

Cornices along the edge of the plateau, everything was frozen solid but still not a good idea to get too close!

View back to Cairn Gorm.

The cloudy view east.

Through the drifting cloud to Cairn Lochan.

And another view shortly after once the drifting cloud had drifted away.

Looking down to Loch Morlich from near Cairn Lochan.

As I turned south and headed across towards Ben Macdui the view opened out to the spectacular mountains of the south Cairngorms across the Lairig Ghru.

Another look over the Lairig Ghru to Braeriach, while the tops of Sgor an Lochain Uaine and Cairn Toul are hidden in the cloud - those 3 peaks are are the 3rd, 4th and 5th highest British mountains...

...while somewhere hidden within this cloud is the 2nd highest mountain and my main destination of the day, Ben Macdui.

Did I locate it? To find out follow this link for more photos from today.

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