20-22 February 2004


Most of us arrived late on Thursday evening after the long drive north. The weather had been very cold, but there was not much snow until you got over about 900 m.

On Friday two separate groups set off to walk in the mountains along the eastern edge of Glen Feshie. The keen early risers: Debra, Carmen, two Simons. Bekka and Peter went to Sgoran Dubh Mor, Sgor Gaoith, Carn Ban Mor, and on to Mullach Clach a Bhlair.

The less keen, the faffers and late risers: Jenny, Richard, Graeme, and Tom walked along the valley and then followed the same route as the earlier group onto Sgoran Dubh Mor, Sgor Gaoith, and Carn Ban Mor and then returned on foot to the hut. It was a beautiful clear winter's day, with just a bit of cloud blowing over the tops. Sitting and eating lunch in the sunshine on top of Sgoran Dubh Mor was a very peaceful experience.

On Saturday Tom, Simon C, Carmen and Bekka went on a long walk round Bynack Mor, Beinn Meadhoinn and Cairngorm. Much of the walk was done in the mist, but just as we approached the summit of Cairngorm the whole sky cleared and we were able to see the whole day's walk bathed in winter sunshine. This walk included a walk over Loch Avon which was frozen. At one point over the shallows, when we were getting more confident about the ice and had started to get closer together we all broke into a run as the ice below us was heard creaking.

Meanwhile, Graeme, Jenny, (Annie?), Peter, went ice climbing in the northern corries and Simon F and Debra went up Bynack More.

Sunday saw most of the group tackle a mixed route on the ridge which separates Coire an t- Sneachda from Coire an Lochain.

Nigel had a successful weekend bagging several Munro's, including some of the boring ones along the side of the A9, although the mist made the navigation more interesting.

The cottage had a spacious kitchen and a smaller living room with two bedrooms, and was comfortable. Situated on the edge of the small village of Feshie Bridge, not far from Aviemore it is well located for walking and climbing in the Cairngorms. It has been booked again for the New Year trip this year.