Rock Climbing in Cornwall - with Kernow Klimber Tel: 07841 746334
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Recent Posts

Trials and Tribulations
Two days of Fun
Changes at Chair Ladder
Long Time, No Hear
It never rains, it pours

Categories

BMC Info
Exploration
Injury Update
Rock Climbing
Scottish Winter
Seasons Greetings
powered by

My Blog

The Silence is Deafening

Bynack More and Bynack Beg, CairngormsA bit of a strange one yesterday.  I was over in the Cairngorms again, this time to make ascents of Bynack More, Bynack Beg and A' Choinneach.  It's approximately a 20 km round trip from Glenmore Lodge, the majority of it is on good paths.  The weather forecast was very favourable, with light winds, a freezing level of around 3000 feet and a cloud base above the majority of the summits.  All went well on the walk up Bynack More.  A great wee hill, especially if you stick religiously to the apex of the North Ridge.  Here exposed rocks and small pinnacles provide good sport and, coupled with some 'step cutting' practise on it's lower slopes, makes for a memorable day out in it's own right and is like a mini alpine ridge.  I paused for a while on the summit to take in the views of the Cairngorm plateau.  Ben Macdui had lost it's summit to the cloud base and the light was flat and left views dull and uninspiring. There wasn't a breath of wind and it felt oppressive and eriee.  Another walker appeared out of nowhere and we exchanged pleasantries before he headed back to Glenmore, while I descended past the Barns of Bynack and onward to A'Choinneach.  It was while I was traversing this ground that I became aware of the silence that surrounded me.  Apart from the 'crunch' of my footsteps on neve, there was nothing. No wind noise, no animal or bird sound. weird, I thought to myself. 
 
Carn Etchachan and the Shelter Stone Crag looking bareNot much snow on the Barns of Bynack
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It's a relatively short journey between the two summits (this is probably a reason why A' Choinneach has been dropped from Munro's list).  There are a couple of cairns on it's summit plateau and I'm sure the smaller of the two is the one that marks the true summit.  It's a quite uninspiring mountain, but the views across Loch Avon to the giant cliffs of the Shelter Stone Crag and Carn Etchachan are spectacular (although not on this occasion, due to the poor light) and would be worth the extra effort.  With recent thaws and no precipitation, the dark, brooding cliffs were in stark contrast to the white snows of the plateau.  Not much hope for any climbers hoping to get on Sticil Face or Route Major, I thought.  I took some photos and then headed for Bynack Beg.  Again, this was an easy walk, mostly on flat ground, with good, hard snow.  I took delight of jumping across the summit rocks, just as one would across Adam and Eve, the summit rocks of the most majestic of Welsh mountains, Tryfan. 
 
I opted to descent into the deep valley of Strath Nethy via Bynack Beg's NW spur and was surprised to find evidence of others using this feature as a descent.  All too soon I was in the bottom of the glen, facing a 7km walk back to Glenmore and the first part of it was very boggy!  I wasn't keen on the place and it would be a serious place to be in poor conditions, as place is definite 'terrain trap' for avalanches. Friends have told me harrowing stories of people getting into difficulty and walking out through Strath Nethy, as well as mountain rescue searches taking place here.  It must have been horrendous. 
 
By now it was late afternoon and it was a weary walk along the track to the van.  Again I was aware that there was complete silence. no wind, no bird sounds, just the crunch of my boots on the gravel.  It was really spooky, especially as I never met anyone else on the path.  I wondered whether World War 3 had kicked off and everyone was dead, or aliens had abducted everyone.  (Un) fortunately, this wasn't the case as Aviemore was as busy as usual.
 

33 Comments to The Silence is Deafening:

Comments RSS
hrm essay on 09 May 2017 07:28
This content we are needed to change at chair ladder. That article is made for helping every user for having different stories and reviews. Then every user happy to update your blog updates and reviews.
Reply to comment


lucky pacher for ios on 27 June 2017 05:28
Lucky Pacher App for ios is a very useful application that enables the users to have complete information about the applications which are already present on their mobile phones
Reply to comment


help with essay on 31 July 2017 13:31
This content we are needed to change at chair ladder. That article is made for helping every user for having different stories and reviews. Then every user happy to update your blog updates and reviews.
Reply to comment


Taco Bell Menu Price on 10 March 2018 05:10
Taco Bell's whole menu and the most recent costs. Attempt tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, and other claim to fame things in Taco Bell. Locate your most loved nourishment.
Reply to comment


pancardstatus1 on 16 April 2018 11:01
The application requires two photos. One on the upper right requires signature inside the container underneath it
Reply to comment


pan card download on 17 April 2018 09:44
The issuance of PAN, check, conveyance and upkeep takes a shot at open private association (PPP) show like Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) for reasons of economy, proficiency, and adequacy
Reply to comment


peter on 16 May 2018 08:44
I take in some new stuff from it as well, a debt of gratitude is in order for sharing your data. a short blog
Reply to comment


gamora guardians of the galaxy cosplay on 17 May 2018 01:39
I can definitely recommend this one gru cosplay - really authentic, tailor made costumes with superb quality. I am super happy with my purchase and their customer service is super good.savitar cosplay Try this place ,Also, loads of Etsy sites do them well, find your favourite! You can even get them custom made.ghost in the shell cosplay costume
Reply to comment


olymptrade on 21 May 2018 10:01
I am continually amazed by the amount of information available on this subject. What you presented was well researched and well worded in order to get your stand on this across to all your readers.
Reply to comment


Mike on 24 May 2018 09:51
I just wanted to say thank you for this huge read. I absolutely enjoying every petite bit of it. Thanks for this post. rubber flooring
Reply to comment


storspelare bonus on 01 June 2018 15:05
To be honest, it is more down to earth to play gambling club on the web. You spend less on nourishment, facilities, plane tickets and merchant tips.
Reply to comment


cartoon hd apk on 15 June 2018 10:41
In May 2015, reports spilled by National Security Agency (NSA) informant Edward Snowden uncovered that the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) had distinguished UC Browsers as a security powerless point
Reply to comment


pan card download soft copy on 27 June 2018 19:17
thanks for the great information. We really impressed by the way you deliver the explained. Keep going.
Reply to comment


terrarium tv on 03 July 2018 04:18
A typical medium utilized is 'peat-lite', a blend of peat greenery, vermiculite, and perlite
Reply to comment


UkTVNowKodi on 03 July 2018 06:31
The straggling leftovers of the UKTV channels would get the following July. In November 2001
Reply to comment


lin on 05 July 2018 08:50
nice
Reply to comment


peter on 08 July 2018 07:45
Marvelous and fascinating article. Incredible things you"ve generally imparted to us. Much obliged. Simply keep making this kind out of post. Water Damage Repair
Reply to comment


RObinjack on 08 July 2018 08:19
A powerful share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing somewhat evaluation on this. And he in actual fact purchased me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the deal with! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading extra on this topic. If possible, as you turn into expertise, would you thoughts updating your weblog with extra particulars? It’s highly helpful for me. Big thumb up for this weblog put up! 18bet
Reply to comment


loemrntdherid1 on 09 July 2018 08:52
Thanks for the nice blog.
Reply to comment


seo on 16 July 2018 20:26
Fascinating post. I Have Been pondering about this issue, so a debt of gratitude is in order for posting. Really cool post.It 's truly exceptionally pleasant and Useful post.Thanks kitchen and bathroom remodeling
Reply to comment


idol net worth on 19 July 2018 02:27
I just wanted to say thank you for this huge read. I absolutely enjoying every petite bit of it. Thanks for this post.
Reply to comment


guest posting services on 19 July 2018 08:09
You have a genuine capacity for composing novel substance. I like how you think and the way you speak to your perspectives in this article. I concur with your state of mind. Much obliged to you for sharing.
Reply to comment


Cure Warts Now on 19 July 2018 12:45
A commitment of gratefulness is all together for the broad data. We to an extraordinary degree excited by the way you pass on the explained. Continue forward.
Reply to comment


Joseph on 21 July 2018 05:39
You have provided good information. I would love to read more on such topics. Thank you very much for it and carry on it. NCR Pads
Reply to comment


merchant account for online casino on 13 August 2018 09:26
The post is composed in extremely a decent way and it contains numerous helpful data for me.
Reply to comment


food on 15 August 2018 10:15
Pleasant post. I was checking continually this online journal and I"m inspired! To a great degree valuable data extraordinarily the last part I look after such data a ton. I was looking for this sure data for quite a while. Much obliged to you and good fortunes.
Reply to comment


peter on 16 August 2018 12:12
i adore perusing this article so beautiful!!great work! blog comment service
Reply to comment


ojo on 29 August 2018 22:32
Wagering is certainly something various people appear to complete a great deal.
Reply to comment


seo on 06 September 2018 11:10
A debt of gratitude is in order for this article exceptionally accommodating. much appreciated. Best Shopping Shop
Reply to comment


cresus on 11 September 2018 10:48
Gambling club join reward question # 2: Am I permitted to pull back my rewards in addition to the clubhouse reward advertised.
Reply to comment


edqard fox on 12 September 2018 12:23
Exceptionally helpful data. Would like to see more posts soon!. college
Reply to comment


edward fox on 15 September 2018 08:09
I can see that you are a specialist at your field! I am propelling a site soon, and your data will be exceptionally valuable for me.. A debt of gratitude is in order for all your help and wishing all of you the accomplishment in your business. Крест лидера
Reply to comment


SEO on 15 September 2018 12:10
This is exceptionally instructive substance and composed well for a change. It's pleasant to see that a few individuals still see how to compose a quality post! http://www.anyfinancialresource.com/
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Website:
Comment:
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint