At last a short wander in the Cairngorms Sron a’Cha-no – then a chat on Mountain Skills in Aviemore – full house.

Due to many reasons I have not been on the hill much recently the main one was

tragedy of my sisters nephews ( one still missing on the hill) was a hard time for all. I had promised to speak at the Mountain Skills talk in Aviemore last night for the Munro Society and Mountaineering Scotland at 8 pm in the Cairngorm Hotel. I had a doctor’s appointment sadly age brings it problems so I did not get away till 1200 from Burghead. Diane a friend from my village is getting back on the hills in winter so she fancied a short walk and would come to the chat later that night. The journey down was fine with the rivers big in the massive thaw that was going on and it looked like a lot of the snow had gone.  We arrived at the Squirrel Cafe at Glenmore ( no squirrels) for a tea and then had look what to do, Sadly the cloud was down so we headed up to the lower car park at Cairngorms and met SARDA from England and Wales who were training in the Cairngorms. I have a few pals and we met quickly and they said they were coming to my chat that night.

Once we left the car park we were on our own there was no snow just mud and some ice till we wandered up to the ridge. We could see our friends training their dogs on the other side of the coire, there was a Glenmore Lodge wagon in the car park and a few skiing the back Corrie but it was so quite. This is a place I love and when I was ill for a few years it would take me several hours to get up here onto this top and the views and peace were special. I felt alive again and it gave me so much strength to get well. Better than any drugs.

Route –

It is easy walking and what was a  great path from the Car Park up the ridge at the beginning is a muddy mess due to the interest in so many in the cliff above Starth Nethy where new winter climbs are being climbed. It is a great way onto the plateau from here a wanted to contour round by Coire Loagh Mor and have a look at this neglected Corrie. In winter it holds a lot of snow and avalanches every winter and the damage to the ground in summer after the snow is gone.

It is amazing and impressive what the weight of snow and the erosion can do and it is a place to take care in winter. Water runs of from the plateau most of the year and this does not help with the erosion but it is a lovely place to be and how many miss it? Today the weather came in so we missed the views but could see a group doing winter skills in the Coire.

From the Coire rim we were in an arctic environment and the compass came out, the wind picked up and the views went. The plateau is a wild place and this is the start of it and we navigated to the summit at 1028 metres, There were no views for Dianne   and we should have been looking down on the wild Strath Nethy and a wander along to Sron a Cha – no at over 1000 metres it is an impressive place. The cliffs now sport many winter climbs and great views of the Strath the Cairngorm rock and small cliffs with Jenga shaped blocks, pinnacles and ridges always make me smile. Not today the snow started and we headed off with a few bearings making us work but good fun. In 30 minutes we were soon out of the cloud and headed back. A quick change then dinner in the Cairngorm Hotel for the talk.

Photo Anne Butler Munro Society

I met Heather from Mountaineering Scotland and Anne from the Munro Society and it was then set up for the talk at 2000. It was great to see so many folk over 100 it was packed and great to see such a group of all ages. I thought it would be a hard night but it was special and thanks to all. All the usual subjects of navigation, telling folk your route for the day, winter skills, avalanche info, practice all the skills  and so many more but also enjoying the mountains safely. The crowd was great and it was for me an enjoyable night. It was then home in a cold night with the moon out and the stars shinning,

Munro Society

The Munro Society

Founded in 2002 membership is open to mountaineers who have climbed all the Munro summits in Scotland as listed in Munro’s Tables – currently there are 282 mountains of Munro status with a height of 3000ft or more above sea level. Many such Munroists, who are often said to have ‘compleated’*, register their detail with the Clerk of the List. This official list is maintained by the Clerk on behalf of the Scottish Mountaineering Club and now exceeds 5,000 names. However, a substantial percentage of ‘compleaters’ do not register their details for a variety of reasons.

The Munro Society welcomes all Munroists who have compleated whether or not they have registered with the Clerk of the List.

The Society exists to bring together the wealth of mountain experience that members have accumulated and thus provide a forum in which to share interests and concerns as well as creating opportunities for convivial gatherings.The objectives of the Munro Society are:

  • To secure access to and conservation of Munros as areas of wild mountain land.
  • To foster social and cultural exchange between members.
  • To establish and maintain an archive of material relative to the Munros and Munroists.

* The term ‘compleation’ has been used by various Clerks of the List for many years. Compleat is an archaic spelling of complete.

For more information see

comment from last night Bill Rose – Killin MRT

Leaving route details so important. Change your mind when you arrive. Leave a note in your car. Never totally rely on technology. It will let you down when you most need it due to poor signal or flat battery.

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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