Thursday, 17 January 2013


The Barns of Bynack
The many Tors on Bynack Mor
Looking across to Cairn Gorm from the summit
Barns of Bynack and Ben Avon in the distance
A long walk for some bouldering
Plenty of snow getting blown today
Another glorious winter's day in The Cairngorms. The high, thin cloud soon broke up by mid day and then we were treated to blue skies and sunshine. I was up on Bynack Mor today and there was quite a stiff, cold SE wind which was blowing all the fresh powder snow from a couple of days ago, this hadn't had chance to adhere to the bare ground and gave a wonderful sea of loose snow flowing over the plateau area just before the rocky section to the summit. There was a great mix of snow conditions, loose powder, rimed rocks and old neve which gave great cramponing. The finest feature of the mountain is The Barns of Bynack which is the finest and biggest tor in The Cairngorms. There are lots of nooks and crannies here to shelter from the wind, as well as a very photogenic place with Ben Avon in the background. The skies cleared completely by afternoon and a glorious sunset. Looking pretty wild tomorrow, how much new snow we will get is anyone's guess-the weather forecasts keep changing their minds on the amount of snow we will end up with.

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