The new Glen Doe hydro road, whilst obviously a human-built scar, was still a pleasant and remote-feeling walk. There were two campers at my planned pitch but I’d considered going on a little further and managed another 1.5 km before finding the least boggy patch of ground.
I needed an early start on Thursday but there was no sun first thing and the cold dissuaded me from getting out of bed. A 9 a.m. start was followed 12 hours later with a 9 p.m. pitch. A long day but a rewarding one. Progress was slow across the trackless bogs and peat hags but the ridge walk was good fun in fine weather – and I even bagged a Munro; my first on any TGOC. The photo is typical of the snow fields I had to cross. I hope the trail of little footprints is visible.
Today’s easy walk was tiring and my feet ached. I think I must be feeling the effects of yesterday’s efforts.
With wintry conditions promised for tomorrow I am abandoning my ascent of Cairngorm Mountain and following my FWA. 2 Munros in one year would’ve been excessive anyway.
My apologies to anyone waiting for Twitter or blog responses. My phone has had very little signal and I can only do the basics. Hopefully the great Ballater metropolis will allow me to catch up in a couple of days.
This post’s title corrected Sunday 17th May.