I am putting together my first multi-day winter expedition and am looking for some advice.
During Dec 2018 to February 2019 I am planning a solo traverse of the Cairngorms in Scotland, camping wild or using bothies if the conditions deteriorate too far. The route will either be from Clova to Aviemore or the reverse, Aviemore to Clova and capturing between 9-14 Munro's en route.
I am looking for some advice or guiding thoughts for those more experienced in the region in winter.
Plan in General
- The route will be two main legs split by a re-supply in Braemar (the half way point)
- Northern leg will definitely include a summit of Macdui and a descent into the Linn of Dee
- Southern leg route is undecided
- I am ex-military and confident map reader in all conditions
- I have completed multi-day hikes before but always using mountain huts and with good re-supply
- I am not planning any ice-climbs or route-finding through dangerous gullies
- I plan to break mid-way in Braemar to re-supply and let Mountain Rescue and family know I am safe before the second leg of the journey
- I will be using 4 season equipment and carrying an ice axe and crampons
- I will be taking some photography equipment including an SLR and a spare batteries
- Depending on the journey I may do the return journey as well
This will be a step up in terms of ability, self-sufficiency and comfort zone
Any thoughts or comments appreciated, specifically;
- Any avalanche black spots
- Any spots unsuitable for a tent due to known high winds
- Additional safety advice
- Suggested Munro route