The weather forecast was not so good mentioning thunder and possible lightning yet we had a wonderful day in the Cairngorms with Ryan and Yeni. The midges were out at the busy car park but we enjoyed the views all the way along the past the great corries of Sneachda nad Lochan and on to the plateau. It was pretty quiet and we enjoyed the views of the Larig Gru and the Braeraich corries, meeting a lone reindeer just near Feith Buidhe. It was perfect walking weather and a special day.
Ryan and Yeni had not been to the Avro Anson crash site near the summit so we had a wee navigation exercise away from the path to find the wreckage left for the crash on 22 Aug 1942 killing all the crew. Many who climb Macdui do not realise there is a wee memorial near the summit and I always take a detour to show my friends who have not been there before. The river is still full of wreckage and a cheetah engine is one of the first things you come across, from here there is still plenty wreckage left, it is a sombre place.
We had some time here and nearly 60 years to the day of the crash so much wreckage is still about on the hillside. The Scottish mountains have many wrecks from the War on them and so many aircrew lost there life’s training sad waste of life. I always when I can leave a wee cross from the poppy appeal as many of these sites get forgotten as they are so remote.
We had lunch on the summit and only met one other couple, the views were immense of Lochnagar, Ben Avon, Beinn A Glo and so many other hills in perfect weather. The journey back across the plateau was enjoyable and steep descent down the Goat Track into Coire Ant Sneachda was fun. We saw a young reindeer calf in the corrie as we walked out and noticed a big rockfall on the cliffs near Alladins Buttress. A great day with friends, even the drive back was sparkling on a lovely Autumn afternoon. The only bad thing was the football results but that is life.