Monday, 14 September 2009

Memories: Cairn Gorm Oct 2003

The first weekend after we had moved up to Scotland we hiked our first Munro (peak over 3000ft), Cairn Gorm. At 1244 metres (4081 feet), it is the UK's sixth highest mountain.

I found it hard-going as we neared the Ptarmigan building, the path getting gradually steeper, but it was worth it. As I climbed up the cairn-marked path towards the summit, the landscape around me was unlike anything I had ever seen before. Rocks smoothed by the harsh environment, with the plateau being the UK's last remaining arctic wilderness.

View to cliffs of Cairn Lochan 1215m

On the summit

View to the distant cairns of Ben Avon

Looking down to Loch Avon

The funicular railway

We drove past Loch Morlich on the way home, and the reflections were stunning!

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