A couple of years ago Heidi joined me for a NNAS Silver navigation course over near Ben Nevis. For her holiday in the Highlands this time around we made a plan to just go hillwalking, but that she would do the navigation, to put the techniques into the context of a mountain day. There are few more challenging areas for navigation than the Cairngorms, and in particular Braeriach, with its vast plateau and steep craggy coires. We did a traverse of Braeriach today starting at Whitewell, ascending via the Lairig Ghru path and Sron na Lairig and descending to Gleann Einich and thus back to Whitewell. This gives a long day with both significant distance and height gain/loss. Heidi did really well with this, and managed to navigate us around, doing particularly well following a bearing in drifting cloud from the summit. Not quite as nice weather as forecast, but at least that means it's more challenging for navigation!
|A breather on the way up|
|Great views down the Lairig Ghru|
|Moss Campion near the summit of Braeriach|
|Big views on the way down to Gleann Einich|