A 'Braw Day Out' on Ben Bynack
Seven Cairngorm Club members, and one guest
attended this Car Meet to the “other side” of the Cairngorms on
Sunday 6th Feb 2011. Five, in two cars, left Aberdeen at 05.50am
and by 08.00am we were parked up at The Cairngorm Hotel in
Aviemore where we awaited the arrival of the organiser, his
friend and a Club Member from furth of Scotland, who’d travelled
up the day before by train. At 9am we were parked up at Glenmore
and on the move. Bynack More (or Ben Bynack as referenced in my
1924 edition of the SMC Guide to the Cairngorms) was our hill of
Looking into Strathnethy.
A big path-work project was happening on
the Lairig an Laoigh with lots of large stones going in.
Path work in progress
There was very little snow about today but
plenty of water-ice and once on the high moor north of Bynack
More we stopped to fit crampons which made progress safer and
steadier, if not faster. Our hill was clear and there was little
if not any wind which was quite surprising as the SMWIS forecast
on Thursday suggested gusts to 90mph!
Ben Bynack from the north
Hard snow on the ridge was a delight to
crampon up. It is a 1000 foot climb from the high moor to the
summit but the top soon came and was reached 4 hours after
On the north ridge
Heading up the hard snow
David and Marie
Nearing the top (we kept mostly to the east
side of the crest)
Group photo, with Beinn Mheadhoin, and the
crags of Loch Avon behind
From the top we could see Bennachie, Ben
Rinnes and the North Sea.
Clive and Ben Rinnes
But winter still gripped the Cairngorms...
The trench of the Lairig an Laoigh (The
Pass of the Calves)
From Bynack More we traversed to Bynack Beg
before regaining our outward route and a return to Glenmore at
16.30hrs, so a seven and a half hour day (circa 21km and 790mtrs
Looking towards Bynack Beg from Bynack More
Walking in the Cairngorms
Looking towards Ben Macdui and the Shelter
Returning from Bynack Beg
Last look at Ben Bynack
Descending to Glenmore...
Meall a Bhuachille from the Lairig an
This meet ended with a meal and drink in
the comfortable surroundings of the Cairngorm Hotel in Aviemore.
Thank you all for a great day out.