A stunning day.

12th April 2021

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With a cold and clear day forecast we decided to have a trip up around Derry Cairngorm and Ben McDui. Slow going over Derry, soft snow between the borders took a bit of care but good coverage above the crags of Sputan Dearg to the summit of Ben McDui. Would be good on ski around here but from the South it’s a very long carry for quite a short ski. Probably better from the North.

Passing Sputen Dearg. Just enough soft snow to make it slow going over Derry Cairngorm. Softer accumulations around the tops of the gullies.


Sappers Bothy near the summit. More info here- https://cairngormwanderer.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/the-sappers-bothy/


Good soft cover from the summit to onto the Sron Riach ridge. From the South this would be a long walk with ski’s on your back for a very short ski. There are some other slightly longer options. 


Superb clear visibility. I think we could make out hills in all the SAIS regions today.


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