Some shots from a few days ago playing on the wonderful granite slabs of Stac an Fharaidh in the Cairngorms, on Pippet Slab (Severe). Faith in friction required!
Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Thursday, 25 August 2016
Here are a couple of pictures from earlier this week, guiding Mike around some of the tracks and trails of the Cairngorms and Strathspey. We started in Aviemore itself and took in lots of ground including Rothiemurchus, An Sluggan, Loch Garten, Carrbridge etc. A nice change from the hill walking, although not exactly an easier day-----the computer read 63 km and >3000ft up and down but the end. Phew!
|Fantastic light and colours---on the Speyside Way|
|View to the Cairngorm mountains|
Sunday, 21 August 2016
Another day spent amongst the high Cairngorms, guiding Mike to the tops of Ben Macdui, the second highest mountain in Scotland and Cairn Gorm itself. There was high cloud on and off the tops all day, but plenty of good visibility and even some warm sunshine. The plateau is such a special place on days like this, with a wonderful, mysterious atmosphere. It was lovely to see the reindeer herds today in Coire Raibert. This is the closest I have ever seen them to the ski area but they seemed very happy. We were glad to get the boots off after another long-enough day tramping the hills. Mountain-biking tomorrow to give the walking muscles a rest!
What a place
|Cloud lifting off Braeriach|
|The heart of the Cairngorms|
|Looking northwards over Rothiemurchus towards Speyside|
|Great visibility despite some cloud|
|The reindeer add to the Arctic atmosphere|
Saturday, 20 August 2016
Cracking day out today guiding Mike over the Glen Feshie Munros---Sgor Gaoith & Mullach Clach a Bhlair. Mike is very fit and we made excellent time over this good-sized round before dropping back to the glen. Plenty of sunshine on offer with vast swathes of purple heather to please the eye. These hills are always a delight and they were no exception today.
|Stunning Glen Feshie|
|A cloud-capped Braeriach|
|Mike on the summit of Sgor Gaoith|
|The wind dropped and it was lovely and warm|
|Impressive Coire Garbhlach|
|Braeriach, Sgor an Lochain Uaine and Cairn Toul over the Monadh Mor|
|Lovely light and space from these hills|