Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Bynack More via The Saddle

When I travel in the mountains, the 3 most important things in my rucksack are:

1. a shelter of some kind
2. a down or synthetic jacket
3. a mobile phone.

However, with yesterdays knowledge of conditions, the 3 most important things in my rucksack today were:

1. pair of ski crampons - I would be very impressed if anyone managed to get up the Fiacaill a'Choire Chais with just a set of skins on.
2. a pair of trainers for the 6 km walk out - if anybody has tried walking any distance in a pair of touring boots, you will know that it is an excellent way to spoil a very good day.
3. lots of liquid - it was going to be another sweaty one.

With another stellar forecast, we thought that we would go and bag Bynack More.

The same start to the journey as yesterday but instead of heading west along Loch Avon, we headed East, before heading up to the Saddle, onto the demoted Munro A'Choinneach before reaching the summit of Bynack More.

Our descent line followed the Allt a'Choire Dhuibh right down to Strath Nethy before admitting defeat and replacing touring boots with trainers.

For the record: I still carried my normal 3 important items - it is Scotland after all :)