I'm planning a winter walk from Rothiemurchus Lodge to the Hutchison Memorial Hut via Ben Macdui, then from the Hutch to Corrour Bothy and finally up Coire Odhar for a tramp over the tops towards Braeriach before dropping back into the Lodge.
Would you do it that way around, or the reverse?
Any top tips would be more than welcome. Many thanks
It's to bag three WQMDs
It looks like you've got two long days with a shorter and slightly fiddly looking one in the middle. Hutchison to Corrour is not a very neat looking line, unless you go back over Macdui.
What about doing all the 4000-ers?
Ski Centre, Cairn Gorm, Loch Avon, Loch Etchachan, Hutchison
Hutchison, Macdui (optional extras, Derry Cairngorm and/or Can a' Mhaim), Corrour
Corrour, Carin Toul (optional Devil's Dong), Sgorr an Lochain Uaine, Braeriach, Chalamain Gap, ski centre
A couple of steep bits to look out for in dodgy snow or poor vis, both would be done in descent if you go the clockwise round I suggested above (but there's no reason you can't go anti-clokwise):
1. Descent into Loch Avon basin
2. Descent from Macdui to Carn a' Mhaim col and on down into Lairig Ghru
That sounds like a plan, I'll check it out when I get home.
The middle day was made to be easier on the legs with a tough day either side. I also wanted to keep the option to return via Lairig Ghru if the weather doesn't play ball or we get too tired.
At first glance I like the look of your suggestion, although we're based at Rothiemurchus Lodge so there will be a slight change to the start/finish.
Would the descent into Loch Avon basin be via Coire Raibeirt? That does look pretty steep.
Yeah, Coire Raibert is the obvious way down from Cairn Gorm. It's reasonably treacherous but my kids have been down it in the rain with overnight packs, so it's not really bad in summer. I haven't gone down it in the winter though.
Coire Domhain seemed slightly less steep last time I went down there, but bear in mind avalanche risk as it's a bit of a spot for that.
You could slid descend to Loch A’an via The Saddle. Your adding on just over a km but it’s a far easier route.
Yes I think that's the best way down to the Loch, via Cistre Mheared and The Saddle. Far better option than the thought of Coire Domhain or Raibeirt.
> Day 2
> Hutchison, Macdui (optional extras, Derry Cairngorm and/or Can a' Mhaim), Corrour
I like this idea, although the drop from Carn a' Mhaim col down into Lairig Ghru looks steep. The 10km distance is appealing though! I guess we could head SE down the Allt Carn a' Mhaim or even head for the SE spur on Carn a' Mhaim if we don't fancy it.
> I like this idea, although the drop from Carn a' Mhaim col down into Lairig Ghru looks steep.
Its ok actually. Gets skied quite frequently and if the snow level is high theres a path.
> Its ok actually. Gets skied quite frequently and if the snow level is high theres a path.
Good to know -many thanks