The weather forecast for the west coast was pretty terrible for today and not much better on the opposite side of the country. With this in mind Connor and I went east in search of a big, cloudy plateau to practice some winter navigation. We headed for some hills neither of us had been to before on the east side of Glen Feshie, and found plenty other people out for an Easter Day walk. Parking up as far down the glen as it's possible to drive, there was a distinct lack of cloud on the summits and even a good bit of blue sky - much better than expected! It was a warm climb onto Carn Ban Mor and after the high winds of the last day or two the hills are very scoured with only old, consolidated snow left on the exposed slopes.
We had clear weather for the run over Sgor Gaoith but it was a good chance to practice some timings on a few legs. The cloud and snow finally came in as we reached the summit of Sgoran Dubh Mor and we had about half an hour of classic Cairngorm weather before the sun came back out. It was then a quick descent back to the car and just enough time to spare for some for some terrific coffee and cake from The Potting Shed Tearoom.
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