Sgòr Gaoith, a really accessible Munro and a brilliant descent — Cairngorms Gold
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Scotty Laughland and Chris went on a Tour.
November 7, 2020
This was a route I'd wanted to tick off for quite some time but for various reasons I'd sidelined and thought it was going to have to be abandoned for better weather. I'd seen the pictures of the summit and just knew it was one for a clear day.
Leaving the car park it was a chilly -2 degrees (perhaps November wasn't a great idea either but it was clear) and cycling towards Glenfeshee House it felt even colder. Our first challenge was crossing the river, it showed there was a bridge on the map but it's sadly been washed away. We headed a little further upstream, crossed at a shallow point and bushwacked our way to rejoin the path. We should probably just have crossed the river and suffered with wet feet but we didn't want to!
The climb to the top is relatively arduous, the gradient profile didn't lie. It was 20% at points but we made quick work of it. Arriving at the top it was a flat plateau with some ups and downs before climbing up to the peak of Sgòr Gaoith. I'd say this is a very achievable climb for almost any rider with solid fitness and it's an easy munro to tick off.
The view from the top was sublime and you could see right over to the west coast with mighty Ben Nevis sticking up through the cloud. The Lochan below us was equally stunning and this was the spot for our snack stop.
The descent was surprisingly flowy, albeit there were a lot of drainage bars which made for fun if you could find the flow through them, doubling ones, pre-hopping others and then occasionally being caught out by surprise as you wound your way down through the heather.
The descent 100% made the climb worth doing and I'd recommend waiting for clear weather as the view is spectacular. The route is easy to follow but allow yourself extra time to take in the views and appreciate where you are!
November 11, 2020
Looks like an amazing tour and I just love your photos. I’m sure it would be absolutely stunning in May or June but that’s probably more complicated trying to get a nice clear day. Scotland is just so beautiful 🏴♥️