A rare photo of me in my happy place. Thanks, Dad!
The photo I was taking: Icy Cairn & the Lairig Ghru
I’ve been gifted with a lot of beautiful days in the mountains in my life, but this day in the Cairngorms might go down as the most perfect mountain day I’ve ever seen. The Scottish Highlands are notorious for wicked weather – an ice storm two days prior had coated everything in a crunchy rime of white – but on this day, the air was calm and the sun was warm and we spent the whole day wandering around in light sweaters.
We parked at the Cairngorms Ski Area
Following my Dad into the Cairngorms. These paths have been used for centuries, hence the paving stones.
Little Loch. Nessie?
By this point we had realized that hiking cross-country across the heather was actually quite easy, not the soggy, ankle-turning mess we were anticipating. Here I’m plotting a long, off-trail loop up to Lurcher’s Crag. Love me a good map!
Heading up, towards the Snowline
Snow & Ice
Summit Rock & Ice. You can see how cold and windy it gets up here to make all this ice!
Dad & the Lairig Ghru, a massive glacially-carved canyon through the heart of the Cairngorm Mountains
Quartz on the way up Lurcher’s Crag
Dad on Lurcher’s Crag
Me & the Lairig Ghru from Lurcher’s Crag
Interested in the Cairngorms? Check out The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane and the Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd, two of my all-time favorite books, both of which feature Lurcher’s Crag and the Lairig Ghru. Up next: A hike down the Lairig Ghru to the Pools of Dee!