I woke having slept very well, completely rested. Looking out first thing the cloud was down to about 2500'. I had already decided I would venture up onto the Moine Mhor and climb Sgor Gaoith. From there I would take a view on the weather and more especially the wind speed and see what I thought. This is how it panned out....
|It's a stiff pull out of Glen Feshie, but the Land Rover track does at least make for easy going underfoot.|
|The cloud had lifted somewhat as I reached the lip of Coire Garbhlach. Alistair Pooler and Sue Oxley (Thanks Louise!) were going over to Mullach Clach a Bhlair, so I left them shortly after this point as I headed North|
|The LRT seems rather to well made for my liking over here, the cloud is just touching Sgor Gaoith in the distance.|
|This is the Munro top of Carn Ban Mor (I think), the cloud now clear of Sgor Gaoith.|
|Looking down to Loch Einich, complete with whitehorses! Standing on the summit was fraught with danger in the gusting wind.|
|The head of Glen Einich, at this point cowering below the ridge out of the wind I decided to go for all the Braariach group of Munro's. Time to gird my loins!|
|here we look North from the moraine field south of the head of Glen Einich. I've been here before and its had graft.|
|This is Loch nan Cnapan, this was my original planned campsite. Had the high winds not been forecast. It looked a great spot, I'll be back!!|
|I nearly stepped on this Mountain Hare, it was no doubt feeling vulnerable as it changed colour.|
|This slope up to the Braeriach plateau seemed neverending, there were excellent views back to Sgor Gaoith though.|
|The vastness of the Moine Mhor, fantastic!|
|Eventually I reached the edge of the corries, and looked down into the Lairig Ghru. From here I could see much of what I would be climbing throughout the rest of the day.|
The prominent peak is Cairn Toul.
|Down to the Lairig Ghru, tiny Carn a Mhaim dwarfed in this company.|
|I followed the corrie rim, still lots of snow as you can see as I look back from Sgor an Lochain Uaine.|
|Ahead the next objective, Cairn Toul. Energy was not a problem on a day such as this.|
|The huge bulk of Macdui across the Lairig Ghru.|
|Cairntoul looking South to Monadh Mhor and Beinn Bhrotain, the Beinn a Ghlo group in the distance.|
|Braeriach looks along way away now, still another Munro to climb though and a top.|
|Amazing quantity's of snow still left on the rim of the corries. Seen here from Cairn Toul, Where I met Paul Myerscough the only Challenger I saw after leaving Alistair and Sue until I got down to Corrour.|
|A wonderful arc of snow.|
Here I was able to contact Braemar SYHA to book an extra night as I knew I would be a day ahead of schedule. This would give me a rest day, although I didn't really feel as though I needed one.
|The Devils Point, and Carn a Mhaim...how can they be Munro's. Just shows how high Cairntoul is in comparison.|
|I was lucky on the descent to the col below The Devils Point, alot of the slope had soft snow on it and made for easy going.|
|It's not much of a climb from the col to the summit of The Devils Point. Last hill of the day.|
|Looking North up the Lairig Ghru, Currour Bothy below.|
|The view South from the same point, the Dee snaking away into the distance.|
|I had thought of possibly camping at Corrour, but I think from memory I counted 16 tents here...not much grass left! So I pressed on to Derry Lodge, it would make a very easy Saturday.|
|Devils Point doesn't look quite so small now!|
|The tent pitched amonst the pines at Derry lodge, I arrived at 8.45pm.|
What a fantastic mountain day, my best day of the Challenge.