Following on from our recent IML Winter training week spent on snow shoes in France we headed to the Lochnagar region of Scotlands Cairngorm mountains where we could again put the snowshoes to use.
|Beginning our walk to the bothy in the early hours!|
|Matt gets ready for a spot of well needed shut eye!|
|Matt navigates through continuous white out.|
Using features in the terrain along with compass bearings and pacing we walked on to 'Broad Cairn' before deciding to head in a southerly direction to intersect with 'Jock's Road' which we would then follow to the bothy, of course 'Jock's Road' would be under the snow pack so we would be relying on our navigational skills.
It was during this leg that I experienced a sense of complete disorientation! Whilst following only the compass bearing and with no visible reference points I began to think I was walking in a circle and began to feel dizzy and sick, I would liken it the feeling of the room spinning when drunk (so i'm told). I had to ignore what my senses were telling me and believe in what my compass was showing me, though I could also have followed the sound of Matt's stifled laughter at my confusion!!
We continued as darkness descended, though this made little difference as we had seen nothing but a few metre's in front of us all day, until we found the 'Lunkard Bothy'.
We could of easily missed the bothy as it is dug into the hillside and not the tallest of structures, it was also fairly well covered in snow.
|That'll be the bothy under there!|
|It seems there a 'bit' of snow may have got in!|
|Matt tunneling into the bothy!|
|I didn't see this in the brochure.|
|A second day of navigation without visual references, bonus!|
|The view we had for the best part of 2 full days.|
|Matt pleased to be back at Loch Callater.|