|Over 'The Sneck' and into The Slochd Mor|
|The eastern corries of Beinn a' Bhuird|
|Fresh snow at around 900m today|
|Square Face & Mitre Ridge in The Garbh Corrie of Shlocd Mor|
There was a small weather window on Sunday, clear and dry and a lowering freezing level so Karen and I decided on a last minute bit of winter backpacking. We fancied getting into some of the remotest areas in The Cairngorms and an area were I had never been before too. Setting off from Invercauld we headed around the eastern side of Beinn a' Bhuird and up to the 'Sneck', the wee col between Beinn a' Bhuird and Ben Avon. The other side of this col is the wild and impressive Slochd Mor which has some of the remotest summer and winter climbing routes you could ever wish for. Mitre Ridge and Square Face are the impressive and completely recognisable rock ridges here. The snow showers from Saturday and old snow pack from last week made the descent into The Slochd Mor a bit wintry but easy to get down without any winter gear, having a big rucksack and a stiff breeze made it exciting though. We got to our camp spot at the River Avon in darkness. There was a beautiful clear and still night but the forecast of the approaching Atlantic weather front today made us get an early start so we were packed up and away before 7am this morning. Sure enough by mid morning the cloud came in from the west and some light rain on a strong wind. We had a great 23km walk 'around Ben Avon' via the beautiful and remote Loch Builg and not far from the summit of Cullardoch at 903m. The whole area along the Glen Avon and back to Invercauld is connected by wonderful 4 wheel drive tracks, good I suppose for easy walking and mountain biking but it does detract from the remoteness feeling. Looks like a return to colder weather by the weekend again.