Saturday, 14 September 2013


Derry Cairngorm from Coire Sputan Dearg
Loch Etchachan & Beinn Mheadoin
Loch Avon & Shelter Stone Crag
Karen on Derry Cairngorm

The best weather day before the approaching storms so Karen and I headed off for a long walk in The Cairngorms. Derry Cairngorm is one of the few Munros that Karen hadn't been on so that was our objective today. Most folk would probably walk it from the south side of The Cairngorms so going from the north there is no short alternative, whichever route you take involves a longish day out. We headed up Coire an t-Sneachda, across to Ben Macdui and down toward Loch Etchachan. We made good time reaching Derry Cairngorm in 5 hours. Our route back went via Loch Etchachan & Loch Avon then through Coire Raibert. Not just a new Munro but some of the finest views in The Cairngorms. There wasn't much in the way of sun but the cloud lifted in the afternoon and the colours this time of year are beautiful. It was quite a cold day despite there being only light winds. Autumnal weather is definitely here.

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