The Cairngorms Navigating – El Alamien bothy.

Sorry for not posting but not been feeling to well recently, so apart from golf not doing much at all. I was out in the Cairngorms yesterday with my friend Ryan who lives over on the West Coast, he is in the middle of his Mountain Leadership Certificate (MLC) and wanted some navigation practice. Due to forecast high winds, rain and thunder we went to the Cairngorms. It ended up a good day, with a few showers one of sleet but sunshine for most of the time. I decided to take Ryan over to the Strath Nethy side of the Cairngorms and after we met a few friends in the car park, we never saw a soul. The moss campion was out on tops its lovely colours making walking a joy as most of the snow has gone. Ryan nearly stood on a Ptarmigan, that was nesting, it would have let him stand on it rather than give away the nest and eggs that it was sitting on. Its camouflage was incredible, nature is some thing in the wild. One of the places we navigated to was the El Alamien bothy built in 1962 as a mountain shelter, now in a state of disrepair. This bothy was made of stones on top of a wire cage just above the steep ground on the Cairngorm side of Strath Nethy.

It is tricky to find in bad weather. In all a good day out and Ryan and myself learned a lot.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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