Are our hills really safe in their hands?

 
 
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AAC Kincraig Meet.

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Early May saw us in the Cairngorms, the weather prospects did not look good, with high winds and sleet forecast on the tops.
The first morning dawned cold, wet and windy. Not being prepared to spend the day following a compass bearing in unpleasant conditions, we decided on low level walk to Ryvoen Bothy.
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It turned out to be a good choice, we took an early lunch in the spotlessly clean bothy, then spent a pleasant afternoon ambling along the track towards Nethy Bridge.
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The weather continued to be stormy so the next couple of days were spent biking in Glen Feshie, hoping that the weather would improve.
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After what was to be the final outing of the trip, we returned to the hut feeling somewhat down hearted, our visit to Ruigh Aiteachain Bothy had been cut short by a rising Allt Garbhlach.
But all was not lost!
We entered the hut to find that good weather was forecast for the next day good, and our trusty meet leader had managed to extend our stay by one more night, which meant that at long last we might be able to visit the tops and get a view.
And what a day it was!
Sgor Gaoith was our objective, its been on my peaks to do list for years, but I had determined that I would only climb it on a clear day, and today hopefully was the day.
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Blue sky over Glen Feshie.
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The start of the path to Carn Ban Mor.
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The path crossed a steep snow slope where a fall would have meant a slide of hundreds of feet. .
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Having decided it wasn’t worth carrying our ice axes we had to take the safe but steep grassy slopes to the left of the track, these eventually spat us out near the summit of Carn Ban Mor to be greeted with this fabulous view.
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Braeriach, Sgor an Lochain Uagaine (Angels Peak) and Cairn Toul.
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Sgor Gaoith in the distance.
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Loch Einich, Monach Mor and Beinn Bhrotain.
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After a leisurely lunch on the summit soaking up the view in warm sunshine, we retraced our route back to the car.
It had been one of those special days, well worth waiting for.

Nant Rhys Bothy walk.

On Friday my brother a I went for a much needed day out. Its been months since I’ve visited the hills, so a trip to Nant Rhys Bothy in Mid Wales, gave us a gentle walk with an interesting objective.

We left the car in Cwmystwyth and followed the old track that climbs up the valley to the west of Yr Allt.

As the track descended towards the Afon Diliw, we enjoyed the low winter sunshine.

 
We crossed the foot bridge and followed the bridleway which lead to the bothy. Considering the floods we’d seen on the journey up from Worcestershire, the river was  surprisingly low and clear as it gurgled its way towards of Aberystwyth. But this tranquillity scene was not to last!
 



Nant Rhys Bothy is a real gem, there are two rooms downstairs the one with a stove, chairs, and sleeping platforms looks very cosy,  plus another bedroom, upstairs.

 
Outside there is a wood store, complete with saw horse, plus the luxury of a one hole compost toilet.
 
 
The walk back from the bothy was quite an eye opener!
The presence wind turbines which we’d tried to ignore on our way to the bothy was quite overpowering, particularly the noise from the turbine blades which almost completely blotted out the sound of the Afon Diliw, what was even worse were the shadows from the rotating blades flickering on the trees. If this had been the windows of my house it would driven me completely bonkers in a very short space of time. And this was from turbines that were about 500 yards away!!!!!
 

 
Once clear of the wind turbines, we had a enjoyed the remainder of the walk back to the car and although we got slightly damp from a short sharp rain shower any discomfort was more than offset by this beautiful rainbow.