Cairngorms Epic - Day Two

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Jun 30

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11 miles, 3057 feet of ascent

There are only nine mountains over 4000 feet in the UK. Join ODL to climb three of them in one epic weekend! 

Day two of our Cairngorms epic weekend! Today we'll be aiming to get two mountains in the bag - Cairngorm (4084 feet), and the second-highest mountain in the UK, Ben Macdui at 4295 feet. 

We'll start at the Day Lodge at Cairngorm ski centre, gaining height quickly as we head up onto the plateau. The Cairngorms plateau is the closest thing we have in this country to an arctic-like environment, and it's a pretty amazing place to be. We'll aim for Ben Macdui first, before coming back over Cairngorm. The views are amazing, and we'll take time to enjoy this stunning landscape. 

We'll keep our eyes open for wildlife as well, which up here includes eagles, ptarmigan and the UK's only free-ranging herd of reindeer!

After the walk, we'll head back to the Day Lodge for some well-earned sustenance! Why not make a weekend of it, and join us for day one of our Cairngorms epic on the Saturday? There are plenty of B&Bs, campsites and guest houses in and around Aviemore.

Please note that this is a long hard day in one of the most remote parts of the UK. Whilst we will hopefully get some good weather, the conditions in the Cairngorms can be very harsh at any time of the year, with even mid-summer snow not unknown. Make sure you are prepared for a tough day - the mountain is not technical so you don't need to be able to climb/scramble, but you will need to have some decent stamina.  


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