Sunday, 9 June 2013

Geal Charn – Thurs 30th May

For the first time in the week we had to retreat due to ice.  Our route over Cairn Gorm was barred by an ice field and although we had axes the conditions weren’t appealing enough to continue.  A drive down to Laggan gave us an easy Munro – Geal Charn, and with the weather clearing great views from the summit.

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Looking across at the funicular from the frozen shoulder(!) of Cairn Gorm

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The track disappearing into the cloud

Arriving at Laggan in improving weather Geal Charn was soon in sight

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Geal Charn from the River Spey

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Looking back down the valley from the path up to the summit

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Summit cairn

Almost back at the car we were being watched by the locals

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Deer watching our progress

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I’m keeping my eye on you

Back over the scheduled monument of General Wade's first double arched bridge which carries the old military road from Dalwhinnie Laggan to Fort Augustus via the Corrieyairack Pass. General Wade named the bridge St George's Bridge, though today the name Garva Bridge is used.

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Garva Bridge

A lovely sunny evening back in  Aviemore where we called in at the Old Bridge Inn for refreshments.

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