Sunday, July 02, 2006


Well summer wheather and i got out of Marks wee red devil and all my kit got blown down the cairngorm carpark. I would catch up with one item pick it up then another one wpould get blown away. My thoughts of running through the gorms in perfect warm wheather was shattered.

The route we planned was up cairngorm along the top of Stob Coire an t-Sneachda and Cairn Lochan then gently up to the top of Ben Macdui. Drop down into the Larig Ghru then back to the carpark.
The run was 5 stars in every way the terrain perfect. Once on Cairngorm the views were outstanding. I usaually see the gorms with snow and mist so seeing it with perfect views was a excellent feeling. The running is relativley easy with gradual ascents and descents.

Running up to the top of Ben Macdui was great but there were no views due to a wee bit of mist. We had a quick hit of energy spunk and headed back down. Once out of the mist we headed down to the Lairig Ghru. This was a bad move as it is riddled with bloody small boulders. We got down in to the ghru and the watch said 2 hours.Not bad time as we were not exactly going fast.

Looking up Mark was descending and slipping. I keep forgeting that Mark had a bad break on his ankle so this must be pretty horrible. As he got nearer he was cursing the loose rocks. I gave him a bit of chocolate ripple which he then gagged on like a Fulmar. The rest of the run got spoilt by the fact we never took the right turn of the Lairig Ghru. We headed down to the army lodge which meant we headed further down and ended up on the road a mile away from Glenmore lodge.

We stopped more or less at the road and started to hitch back. No lifts and sore legs all we could look at was the tar mac road winding up to the carpark. At the lower carpark a ski lift worky gave us a lift to the carpark were the wee red devil was waiting with fresh socks.

Do not use the Lairig groove for a run it sucks however Braeriach, Cairn Toul and Sgor an Lochan Uaine look amazing.

Then to Mambos for a Ireeeeeeeeee Burger.

Cairngorms again i think. If you have done a good run in the gorms feel free to tell me so we can have it on the hit list.