It was a lazy start away at 0800 to pick up Gus and Yeni from Forres then head to Cairngorms for a short walk before the rugby. The forecast was not bad at all for March as we drove to Aviemore to meet Brent in the Mountain Cafe. We take it easy on these walks and started the day with a bacon roll and tea a slow start. It was then a short drive to the lower Ciste Car park for a wander up on to the plateau. The hills looked stripped with the lower peaks stripped completely of snow it was warm as we arrived at the near empty car park. Glenmore Lodge were there in force and of on winter skills and ski mountaineering.
I do enjoy this walk as I did it often when I was ill a few years ago and just to get the view of Strath Nethy and away from the crowds. I used to sit above the crags and get the air and the space and so close from the road.
The path is fairly muddy for the first ten minutes as this area is popular with climber now with the crag Creagan Coire Cha-no – This is a small east-facing winter crag overlooking Strath Nethy was developed in the 2010/11 season, and has around 30 routes to date. Its short approach (less than one hour and a bit for me from Coire na Ciste car park) will probably ensure popularity for years to come.
It had been a funny winter and I was just wanting to check my leg out and it was okay we were taking it easy as only one of us was under 55 the eldest 74! We saw a few ptarmigan no hares though and the snow was soft all day just some ice in places near the watercourses.
There was more snow on the plateau and little wind the sun was warm and I must not forget my sun screen and put it in my bag when I get back. Sun damage has battered my face and hands so keep them covered up especially when high up in the sun and snow.