Whilst for most people the Sunday was a bit of a warm-up, I was feeling pretty crap after getting battered by the weather the day prior. Ian and Tim had opted to go up Bynack More from Glenmore Lodge, and I thought that I might tag along.
As everybody else spent the day on various sections of the plateau in the cloud, we enjoyed a rather pleasant stroll from Glenmore Lodge, past Ryvoan Bothy, and up a very gradual slope up to Bynack More.
As you ascend said slope, it always appears that their will be a considerable drop prior to Bynack More, however this is a misconception. The ridge first levels out, and then drops maybe 10m, before climbing very steeply to the summit ridge.
We paused at this col for a bite to eat, before pressing on with our relentless ascent, always conscious that the guidebook times would bring us down in the dark, and that the weather was closing in. We hit the summit about an hour before the clouds did in the end.
The summit of Bynack More is covered in large boulders that were covered in snow and ice today. Pausing for maybe a quarter of an hour to take in the panorama, we began to descend with the clouds ominously close. Visiting the top of Bynack Beg, we descended directly down its nose into Strath Nethy.
The path through Strath Nethy isn’t the best, and it is rather easy to both lose and gain, but we were soon on the landrover track heading back to Glenmore Lodge and the car.