THURSDAY 17 SEPTEMER
With a great forecast for the entire day I decided on a good leg stretch on the Braeriach plateau. The finest route up to the Munro of Sgor an Lochain Uaine is via Angels's Ridge. This easy grade 1 scramble is one of the remotest scrambles of this grade in the UK. It's a long approach, full of wild scenery and almost guaranteed to have it to yourself!
Angels Ridge lies directly below the Munro of Sgor an Lochain Uaine. To reach the foot of it requires walking into the wonderfully wild and remote Garbh Coire Mor. Access to this magnificent coire is up the Liarig Ghru, to it's highest point. This long pass that dissects the Central and Western Cairngorms plateaux is of truly immense scale. Surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the British Isles. I only saw a few folk whilst walking through here. I chatted to a couple of guys who were heading back the way they came having missed the junction of paths for their intended ascent of Braeriach. Shortly after the highest point there is a vague, seldom trodden path that leaves the lairig and heads into the Garbh Coire below Braeriach. Another person behind me started following in my footsteps. I think he meant to stay on the Lairig Ghru path, he realised after 10 minutes then waded the burn to get back on his route.
This trail leads to one of the remotest 'shelters' in the Cairngorms. The Garbh Coire Bothy. Not only is it the remotest, it is one of the smallest! Last time I was in the area the bothy was undergoing major restoration. It's now finished. looking very smart and weathertight. From the bothy it's a steep walk up into the coire that is nestled below the ridge. One of the gems of the Cairngorms lies here in this 'Hanging Valley'. Lochain Uaine. The name given to the Munro above it. The renamed 'Angels Peak' is one of the most annoying and incorrectly named Munro summits. 'The Devil's Point' being the second most annoying. Apart from them being anglicised they are not even a direct translation, 'Angels Peak' is actually a completely different name! Sgor an Lochain Uaine. It's not that difficult to pronounce! It's also beautiful Gaelic wording.
The start of the scrambling starts shortly above the lochan. At first their are some huge boulders that give way to more solid rock and the ridge becomes narrower. Much of the scrambling is very easy and any harder steps can be mostly avoided. The views behind and to the right are beautiful with big open spaces and grand mountain scenery.