marc and sam enjoying a whiteout on the cairngorm plateau

Whiteout conditions are fun

 

Today we had two teams out in the Northern Cairngorms on the third day of our Scotland winter Community Event, the aims of which are to build relationships and have adventurous experiences.

 

The first team, led by Nick and James, led a large party from Glenmore Lodge out through the Pass of Ryvoan and onto Bynack More. This gave the group a wonderful stroll through Scot’s pine forests as a warm-up before the long pull up to the summit. The weather and views were magnificent all day, with the worse of the weather lingering over the higher peaks to the West. A lucky break!

 

The second team took on a day of navigation on the plateau with Simon under the shadow of a challenging forecast, culminating with the mighty Ben Macdui. Initially, the westerly winds were very challenging on the Fiacaill a’ Choire Chais, but once on the plateau, there were brief breaks of sun and views, which was a great bonus. Sam and Marc did very well with their first taste of full-on navigation in whiteout conditions.

 

Tomorrow, the forecast is again challenging, but the aim is to keep some energy back for Friday, which promises to be a great day – cold, calm and sunny.

 

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Suitably suited and booted for a day on the plateau

 

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Somewhere on the way to Ben Macdui

 

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A finer end to the day

 

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Good snow cover on the Cairngorm plateau

 

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Looking forward to a good day out on Bynack More

 

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Bynack More looms with an impressive summit plume

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