Angel’s Peak, Cairngorms (Jul 2021)

Friday 23 July 2021

Twice before I’ve failed to get to the foot of Sgor an Lochain Uaine (Angel’s Peak)’s North East Ridge, so it was with trepidation I posted on the DMC forum looking for volunteers to join me on a third attempt. Luckily Andrew also had this route on his wishlist and got a day off work to join me.

The cycle in to Luibeg Bridge was straightforward and by half ten we were on foot heading towards the Lairig Ghru in the rising heat. The worst part of the day soon followed, a rising traverse up to Coire Lochain Uaine and a worrying point when we approached a choice between steep slabs and crossing a waterfall. Fortunately just at this point the water proved to have an easy way over.

Stopping for lunch we admired the coire and ridge and topped up on much needed water. The scramble itself was great fun, never too difficult and brings you right out at the summit. From then it was just walking over Cairn Toul. Ran out of water again and was saved by a spring in the col above Corrour which gave us enough fluids to head up the Devil’s Point too. Then it was just the long walk and cycle out; nearly 11 hours in total by the time we got back to the car. Too late for chips in Braemar but a great day out.

  • Report by David Matthews
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