Wednesday, 8 October 2014


The top of Pinnacle Gully
The finest viewpoint of Loch Avon-from the summit of Carn Etchacan
Another dusting of snow high up
Loch Avon & The Shelterstone Crag
Top of Castlegates Gully
Stag Rocks from top of The Shelterstone Crag
This afternoon was glorious blue skies, no wind and warm sun over The Cairngorm mountains. A welcome change after two days of rain and strong winds. There was another dusting (dumping) of wet snow above 1100m but this was melting with the warm sun, well it is only the start of October after all. I had a good chat with a keen bird watcher who was off to try and spot the Snowy Owl which has apparently been spotted in the Ben Macdui area, I met him again on the way down and he turned back at the snowline, sensible chap, especially if your navigation skills or confidence aren't up to navigating on featureless terrain. I took a wander up the Fiacaill Ridge and over the plateau to Carn Etchacan summit. The finest views of Loch Avon from here. It was wonderful just sitting in the warm sun. A lot of water in the Garbh Uisge Mor and other burns running into the Loch Avon basin, the only sounds heard today, apart from many ptarmigan. Unfortunately no Snowy Owl sighting, so far!

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