Day 8

Day 8 Dalwhinnie to Lochan nan Cnapan

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Thursday 18th May

Day 8

37km

1169m ascent

Munros 1

Track from Dalwhinnie

Path up Coire Chuaich
I was happy to have had a dry bed and good breakfast as I set out on a damp and blustery morning for Coire Chuaich with only a slight regret over the extra distance to be covered for the day. The walk up the track went well as the weather improved until I realised I had made the classic mistake of posting the current map home!

Looking towards Lochan an t-Sluic
After a little head scratching and guesswork I found the River Tromie but not the bridge, after looking at the map I can now see why as I was looking in the wrong place! However I failed to find a path beside the Allt Bhran and suspect that it doesn't exist, but managed to work my way through the heather along a multitude of deer tracks until reaching the minigaig, where my maps started again, and climbed the path beside the plantation to reach the track to Glen Feshie.

Lochan an t-Sluic

Track to Glen Feshie with the track up Allt Coire Chaoil visible on the other side
The weather was still showery but with bright sunny intervals and excellent visibility giving great views across to the Cairngorms it was just a pity I had to descend 350m to the glen only to climb up the other side, 'O for the wings of a dove!'. I arrived at the River Feshie in bright sunshine and explored the possibility of crossing near the bothy but there was a lot of water coming down and I didn't fancy it so continued down to the bridge at Carnachuin where considering the time distance etc I decided to take the 'steep and horrible landrover track' (vetters comment!) to Mullach Clach a Bhlair.

Glen Feshie (I dont know the name of the pony)

Bridge over the Feshie at Carachuin, I wonder how much longer it will survive?
One compensation for plodding up this track is the spectacular view down into Coire Garbhlach from near the top, a huge bite out of the side of the hill. The cloud descended when I reached the top and the walk up Mullach Clach a Bhlair and across the plateau was in very poor visibility, and damp!.

Coire Garbhlach

Looking into Coire Garbhlach
Loch nan Cnapan was a reasonable place to camp but lacking in shelter from the very strong south wind. I managed to pitch the tent and throw the gear inside before a squall came blasting through, as if someone had turned on a power hose, and I could only stand and watch as the tent tried take off while I turned into a water feature. All good things must come to an end though and after shaking off the excess water I managed to get into the tent without soaking everything, cooked the evening meal and retired to a warm sleeping bag for a comfortable but noisy night.

Loch nan Cnapan the morning after with Braeriach under the cloud

Looking back to Meall nan Sleac

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