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Sgor Gaoith

(Written by Stuart)

So it was with an aching knee and back that we set off for this mountain. I struggled quite badly, hobbling up on sticks in the hot, humid weather, but the path was good and we had all day to get up and back. We left from the car park in Glen Feshie and turned off the path at a rock that marked the main path and through the trees. I huffed, puffed and hobbled up every step and Karla was starting to ask if should really be climbing today.

But as time went on I started improving. After some chocolate I perked right up and was soon picking up the pace. In fact, I was surprised at how quickly we were getting up the hill, on more than one occasion I checked the map to make sure we were as high as we seemed to be. I think the quality of the path had a lot to do with this, until you get near the summit plateau, its an excellent path.

Just beyond a sphagnum moss covered spring, the full majesty of the Cairngorm plateau opens up to you. The mass of Braeriach looms ahead of you, with Ben Macdui just visible beyond and Cairn Toul visible to the south. Its a remarkable view, made all the more remarkable when you realise this may not be Braeriach's best side!

The summit plateau we were on was a bit dull though, although its barrenness was quite remarkable. Dried by several weeks without rain, the walking was easy, and we soon saw the distinct summit of Sgor Gaoith rising to the north.

Upon arriving there were a few people there, but we soon had it to ourselves. We hadn't been naked so far as there had been others around, but the day was getting later and we thought we'd have the summit to ourselves now. I stripped off and Karla ran off a Hasselblad magazine, but as she started with the DSLR, a walker approached from another direction. I quickly got dressed and acted very nonchalantly when the walker arrived, no comment was made though, so I'm assuming he had bad eyesight.

We were happy. The holiday may have been at an end, but we'd finished it on a high.


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