31st March, 2007 – Trip to the Northern Corries of the Cairngorm Mountains

Back up to Aviemore for the second weekend in a row but this time with the intention of climbing rather than skiing. Kate joined me and we headed in to the Northern Corries to try out an easy route or two with no rush due to the long daylight hours.

Though there was pleanty of snow and ice in Coire an Lochain, it was rapidly melting and there was a constant trickling sound from the surface which sounded like a loud bowl of rice crispies. As is happened these conditions and the afternoon heat conspired against us on our selected route ideas but we did make a start on one called ‘The Vent’ which looked great but under constant bombardment of fragmenting ice from above, we disappointingly had to change our minds and instead headed for Fiacaill Ridge. Rather than ascending the ridge itself, we skirted off to the right and up a steep snow slope on to the plateau above then round the top of Coire an t-Sneachda and back to the car.

Despite not getting what we wanted done, it was another cracking day out in the Cairngorms but probably the last winter day out for me this year.


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