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Fit and Active Outdoor Activities

High Tops Winter Camping Expedition

In the Cairngorms some of the summits are so far from the road that they’re not a practical option to get to on foot in a single day in winter. Ben Avon and Beinn a’ Bhuird are two such remote Munros.

This overnight camping expedition is a great way to experience these hills.

Day 1 – Starting the walk at Invercauld near Braemar, an estate road leads to tracks then a path to upper Glen Quoich between both hills. The camp area will be near the Quoich Water at around 650m altitude. 11.8km with 380 metres of ascent carrying the exped rucksacks.

Once camp is set up, the walk to Ben Avon will go up its south west shoulder onto the plateau area, The actual summit – Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuide – involves a short scramble up a tor. 9.4km with 590 metres of ascent. Descent will be down by the Glas Allt Mor.

Day 2 – After a grand night’s kip a circuit of Beinn a Bhuird is the next objective. The route goes up by the Allt Dearg onto the North Top - the Munro Summit – followed by a stroll round the crest of the magnificent coires to descend past the South Top back to the tents. 9.4km with 620 metres of ascent. Once the camping gear is packed up, we return by the outward route back to the modern world.

Camping in winter can feel like hard work but, by staying relatively low on the hill, this outing should feel a bit more like a normal wild camp – albeit carrying the usual winter equipment on top of camping gear. We will send out a kit list to participants. We have a good stock of suitable equipment if it is required.

A good level of winter hill walking fitness is required for this expedition

Outdoor Activities Base

Bothkennar Hub, Main Street, Skinflats, FK2 8NU

01324 506846


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