Date: 10th August 2019
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August 2019.
We will meet at 0815 on Saturday morning in the public car park opposite The Mountain Cafe, 111 Grampian Road, Aviemore, PH22 1RH. After introductions and a kit check, we will drive up to the Sugar Bowl car park to begin our trip.
This is a level 3 walk across the stunning arctic tundra that is the Cairngorm plateau, amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the Highlands, taking in the 4,000 foot Munros of Braeriach, Sgor an Lochan Uaine (Angels Peak), Cairn Toul, Ben Macdui and Cairngorm. We will also take in The Devils Point, a Munro but not the magical 4,000 feet, as we're within 1km of it and it offers quite spectacular views.
You will need to have a good level of fitness for this walk which is mostly on paths but there are some rough boulder patches to contend with and a significant amount of ascent, some 2,500m across the two days. Previous experience of camping is not essential as we will spend time coaching you in the art. You will be carrying a rucksack, which may weigh up to 15 kg, and this will contain all your gear for the trip, including shelter, sleeping bag, food and a means to cook it. Please do not underestimate the level of fitness you will need for these two demanding days.
Day one - Walk from the Sugar Bowl car park, through the Chalamain Gap and across the Lairig Ghru before beginning the ascent of Sron na Lairige on our way to Braerich, the 3rd highest mountain in the UK. Continuing on by the Wells of Dee and up to Angels Peak before crossing to one of my favourite view points, Cairn Toul. We will consider camping high on the shoulder of the Devils Point or dropping down to near the Corrour bothy, depending on the weather. A 20km walk and potentially a 10 hour day.
Day two - Heading north, we will pick up the Clach nan Taillear burn and follow the path up steep slopes onto the southern flanks of the UK's 2nd highest mountain, Ben Macdui. Views over Lochan Uaine towards Derry Cairngorm will be appreciated before we turn for the summit. A little way passed the summit we get amazing views of the great corries of Braeriach that we traversed just 24 hours earlier. High on the plateau now we head for Cairngorm and its automatic weather station. Hell's Lum Crag and Coire an t-Sneachda are passed on the way. After Cairngorm we will drop into the Ptarmigan restaurant for a coffee, just 1km north, on our route downhill and back to the Sugar Bowl car park. 18km and potentially a 9 hour day.
If you require to borrow some gear for this trip, please contact me beforehand. I have tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks and stoves.
A variety of accommodation options are available in Aviemore, including Hostels, B&B and Hotels. If using the SYHA, give them my discount code King-18 for 10% off your stay. Buses and trains are frequent as it is on the main routes to Inverness from the Central Belt.
Cost is only £100 per person (maximum group size is 8)
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