Thursday, 12 October 2017


Loch Coire an Lochain, Braeriach
Braeriach's Northern Corries
Braeriach's summit
Lairig Ghru
Sunset over Strathspey
A lean period of fine weather continues. Occasionally we have had the odd decent day but just recently the spells of fine weather and nice views have been limited to just a few hours! Today on Braeriach there was only a few glimmers of blue skies and a bit of sun. The cloud shrouded the tops above 1000m for much of the day. The main weather feature was a stiff Cairngorm breeze, 50mph + much of the time, even at lower altitudes. Braeriach is my favourite mountain  of all the Cairngorms. It's remote, big, wild and has many corries to explore. The Northern Corries of the hill are wonderful places and guaranteed to see no one. There are two ridges to gain the plateau once you get high up on the north side. The finest of these is the one that bounds the high Loch Coire an Lochain. Just has It was windy up here, coupled with rain, cloud and then finally a glimmer of blue skies, clear views and the sun trying to break through the clouds. The glimmer of 'hope' soon receded and it was back to clag ton the summit plateau. Another descent in darkness through the Lairig Ghru back to the bike and cycle home ( I timed the day to be at the summit for the best weather hour!). Only people I saw all day were a few dog walkers in the trees. I'm sure we are due for a nice day again soon. In the meantime there is a storm out in the Atlantic heading our way!

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