|Cairn Gorm in the distance|
The starting point was the Coire Cas car park at the foot of Cairn Gorm near the base station (NH989063). This is a popular place, for day trippers wanting to take the Funicular Railway up to the summit station. But at 7 O'Clock in the morning I am the only one here.
|Heading towards Lurchers Crag|
|The Great Slab|
|Marker Cairn on Lurchers Crag|
|Coire an Lochain Uaine|
|Cairn Toul & Angels Peak|
The mist comes down as I reach the boulder fields on the approach to Beinn Mac duibh. The wind has picked up into a fierce South Westerly the higher I go.
Even with the marker cairns, it's not so easy now with visiblity restricted to 50 yards or so. I can hear Snow Buntings calling somewhere in the mist and there, out of the gloom I see the summit cairn and trig point.
At 1309 metres (4296 ft), Beinn Mac Duibh is the second highest mountain in the British Isles and I have it all to myself. It's now 9:30, two and a half hours to get up here... not bad !
|The Boulder Fields on the approach to Ben Macdui|
|Summit Cairn on Ben Macdui|
|Braeriach from Ben Macdui|
|Fiacaill a Choire Chas from Stob Coire an t-sneachda|
|Approaching Cairn Gorm|
|Stob Coire an t-sneachda|
|Loch Etchachan Derry Cairngorm|
|Summit Cairn on Cairn Gorm|
Looking back through my diary, a return visit has to be on the cards.