Sunday, 16 February 2014


Beautiful afternoon light across The Loch Avon Basin
Loch Avon & Shelter Stone Crag
Pinnacle Gully, Shelter Stone Crag & Stag Rocks
Carn Etchacan
Top of Castlegates Gully & Loch Avon
Carn Toul & Sgurr an Lochan Uaine
Lunch stop - snowshoes THE way to go at the moment
A stunning day in The Cairngorms. The winds dropped, the skies cleared and the sun shone most of the day. The ski area car parks were soon full to capacity and the crowds headed for the hills, walking, skiing, climbing. I donned the snow shoes again in near perfect conditions for them. I soon escaped the crowds and headed over to a wonderful and always quiet part of The Cairngorms, the Carn Etchacan summit MUST be THE best view point in the Cairngorms so why do I never see anyone? I ain't complaining! Huge amounts of snow on the plateau and it was magic walking, hardly any rocks and boulder poking through. There was still a stiff breeze which was transporting a fair bit of snow into the Loch Avon basin and it was a beautiful scene with The Shelter Stone Crag and Beinn Mheadoin in the background blazing in the afternoon sun. The day flashed by and it was time to turn around and face the crowds! Best weather day so far?

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