Monday, 23 February 2009

Ben Avon group, 22 Feb'09

A reasonable, if windy forecast for the eastern cairngorms encouraged two sole adventurers to head into the mountainous area north of Braemar. Upon arriving and parking at the end of the road by Altnaquoich, we were greeted by a large group of well-equiped ramblers heading out eastwards. One member of the group was hoping to bag his last corbett, which I assume would be Carn na Drochaide. Sam and I set off and chatted in pleasant conditions with fine scenery as we jogged on the track heading north-west alongside the fast-flowing Quoich Water for 6km. From the edge of the forest, we turned west and headed up Meall an Lundain. From here to Beinn Bhreac and Beinn a'Chaorainn we were fighting against a strong north-westerly wind and occasional snow showers stung our eyes. The chat had ceased ! Navigation in white-out conditions was incredibly difficult up and over Beinn a'Bhuird, but at least the wind was more-or-less behind us. Ben Avon was much clearer and there's no chance of mistaking the summit tor. Apart from the frequent patches of thick, wet snow, the return down the path through the forest was fairly pleasant. Slightly tired and tested, we drove back to Braemar, and tucked into some not-so-healthy, but well deserved food from the fish-and-chip shop. We hadn't met a single person or saw any fresh footprints anywhere on our tough, but enjoyable mountain-route ! A few photos on my Flickr page .