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Cairngorms Sept 2011 – Glenmore, ryvoan bothy, bynack more and strathnethy

Arrived in Glenmore on Wednesday and bumped into Rona, who I know from anarchist circles. :) Paolo and I then walked to Ryvoan bothy, our home for the next 4 nights. We had the bothy to ourselves, built a small fire and chilled out.

Thurs we climbed Bynack More. Fun climb and beautiful rock formations and view at the top. Paolo had to stop just 40 metres from the top due to vertigo and a sore back so I was alone on the actual summit. My knees started hurting on the way down so limped home. Bothy to ourselves again. :)

Tools on side of Bynach More

Tools on side of Bynack More

Paolo descending Bynach More

Paolo descending Bynack More

Friday Paolo wanted a more relaxing day, and we were meeting Maria off the bus at Glenmore anyway later in the afternoon, so we decided to go in early and get the fried food and rest day that Paolo was craving!  We were disappointed to discover that the touristy but fun red squirrel cafe was closed for staff training, though that led to a discovery of a more delicious nature – fab food, though not cheap, at cafe mor just along the road at the glenmore visitors centre. After a yummy lunch of soup with homemade seeded wholemeal bread and roasted beetroot with goats cheese, he stayed there for coffee and to read while I popped round loch morlich – very beautiful. Native woodland thriving with new growth. Lots of mushrooms. Wood ant nest. Views over to mountains. Met Maria off the bus and took her back to the bothy.

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake in Mor Cafe

Loch Morlich

Loch Morlich

That night we def did not have the bothy to ourselves – in all 15 of us shared the bothy fire and cooked on the tiny table, though 9 of them slept in tents outside. Amongst the crowd were a fascinating and inspiring family from Germany, inc 2 adolescents, who were on a 6 month cycling trip! I also bumped into the second person this trip who I’d interacted with before as the MBA regional organiser for the area turned up with a couple of other members to finish the rebuild of the fords of avon refuge: I’d been emailing with him about coming up for it a couple weeks ago but wasn’t able to in the end. When he said where he was going and I’d said I’d nearly come for the rebuild he asked me straight off if I were Alice! Turned out they’d had to evacuate out due to a gale halfway through the work party … glad I missed it! The mountain bothies association is a fabulous organisation of volunteers who upkeep and build bothies throughout Britain for the free use of “all who love wild and lonely places”.

Saturday Paolo wanted to chill at the bothy, and the cairngorms challenge meant cyclists were streaming through the forest I’d wanted to walk in so Maria and I decided to check out the path along strathnethy … turned out to take us through a bog! An hour of fun but slow going jumping from rock to rock we decided to retrace our steps. Back at the footbridge Maria suggested we check out a patch of trees in the other direction along the river – a 5 min scramble through heather took us to a stunning gorge. The river rushed and jumped and swirled while clinging onto the rocky sides were old and young Scots pine, birch and of course heather.

River Nethy

Paolo had a good fire going – he offered us tea as soon as we walked back into the bothy, ti amo! We had a quiet rest of the day reading, fetching water, and Paolo cooked a scrummy last supper on the fire. Bothy to ourselves again. :)

Ryvoan Bothy Toilet

Ryvoan Bothy Toilet

Sunday Maria and I popped up meall a bhuachaille as the bothy is on its slopes. It was very very blowey and quite steep but not high. The wind was exhilaratingly swaying between fun and slightly dangerous – I was blown over but just onto the soft vegetation mattress you get on top of hills.

Maria on meall a bhuachaille

Maria on meall a bhuachaille

Then down, to pack up, clean the bothy and walk to glenmore. The red squirrel cafe was open, so we ate fried food and watched the birds and squirrels raiding the feeders a couple of metres away.

Red Squirrel at cafe in Glenmore

Red Squirrel at cafe in Glenmore

A gale is supposed to be hitting the area today, so it is probably better that we had to leave yesterday anyway. Probably. Though there is still so much of the cairngorms to explore, and snug in a bothy with plenty of firewood is not such a terrible place to ride out a storm, let alone spend a birthday trip in the mountains.

Ryvoan Bothy from Meall a Bhuachaille

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