MUNRO ADVENTURE 2015
DAY 38/39 ( 6th/ 7th JUNE )
AND IT STILL SNOWED.
Cairngorm (Munro 6) 1245 metres The Blue Hill. Bynack More (Munro 54)- 1090 metres – Kerchief or cap
Got home reasonably early on Saturday and did the usual clothes washing and van tidying duties , cut the grass and a bit of strimming before a having a relaxing evening.
Well Sunday was a kind of rest day, I had promised a long time ago that I would run for the Glen Moray male team in the Elgin Marafun as the 5 members of the team all run together on a Tuesday and Thursday night so didn’t want miss out, we all had to basically run 5.2 miles each to make up the marathon distance. I hadn’t ran for 6 weeks but did ok considering the week I had beforehand , to top it off though we all ran the last 2 laps of the course with Faye the final runner of the Glen Moray female team to support her .
So with a slight plan change I decided to leave on Monday morning instead of Sunday night, myself and Shona drove to Cairngorm ski car park and made our way up the new windy ridge path up as far as the ptarmigan restaurant, no surprise there was fresh snow from last night down to 1050m as it was a still chilly wind , only 5 deg in the car park. Going up the final part we got a snow shower for 5 minutes then the sun came out, spotted a young family of snow buntings on route to the summit. Shona got another couple to take a photo of the 3 of us at the cairn before descending back to the ptarmigan , this is where we split up Shona going back down and myself heading for Bynack More.
I took a line heading for the saddle and it was very soggy underfoot due to all the snow melt going on , found a path but it just ran into large snow patches so just picked my way down avoiding them before heading up onto A’Choinneach a subsidiary top of the main hill , onwards past the Barns of Bynack and onto the clear summit. I was only on this hill 8 weeks ago when Rachael completed her Munro round , it was a bit calmer today, had a bite to eat and a good look around at the hills to be done in the next 3 days hopefully all going well . Down the N ridge and onto the Lairig Laoigh path to where Bynack Stable used to be and then continue towards Ryvoan before heading to Glenmore Lodge where the car was parked . Snona walked out to meet me , and on the way back a very young fawn was grazing quite happily at the side of the road and didn’t seem to be bothered about us. All in all a fine day out today lets hope summer arrives tomorrow .
Now having tea before heading to the secret howf for the night.
Today’s totals:12.97mls,1133m ascent.4hrs 32 mins
112 Munros to date.
An Lurg Wellington Wreckage on the ridge to Bynock Mor .
From the ridge it is best to keep to the right hand side as you head to the featureless plateau of An Lurg. It is covered in peat hags but these were dry and it is about just over a kilometer to the crash site that we were heading to. In bad weather this is a really tricky area for navigation and can make a very interesting challenge to find the Wellington Wreckage. (Well worth a visit) This aircraft a Vickers Wellington HF16/A of 20 OTU took off from RAF Lossiemouth on a cross – country training Exercise and crashed on the plateau on An Lurg. It crashed on 14 August 1944 all on board were killed. The wreckage is widely scattered, parts that can be seen are the oxygen bottles, landing gear, engines and part of the aircraft geodetic framework. We must never forget that these are tragic places where young men died.
RAF Lossiemouth lost nearly 150 aircraft during the war! How many lives?
The crew who died were:
- P/O Philip Lionel Bennett Paterson (23), Pilot, RAFVR. (Buried Elgin New Cemetery, Morayshire.)
- P/O Denis Henderson Rankin (24), W/Op. / Air Gnr., RAFVR. (Buried Carnmoney Cemetery East, Belfast.)
- Sgt James Michael Downey (21), Flt Engr., RAFVR. (Buried Leytonstone (St Patrick’s) Roman Catholic Cemetery.)
- Sgt Harold Tudhunter (22), Navigator, RAFVR. (Buried Whitehaven Cemetery, Cumbria.)
- Sgt Stephen Fraser (21), W/Op / Air Gnr., RAFVR. (Buried Lossiemouth Burial Ground, Morayshire.)
- Sgt Robert Arthur George Bailey (19), Air Gnr., RAFVR. (Buried Bungay Cemetery, Suffolk.)