Finally on Thursday I ditched the car at the Linn of Dee car park and headed up Glen Lui towards Derry Lodge.
This was about 3 miles and I wished I'd had a mountain bike for this bit. I then followed the Luibeg Burn heading for the Sron Rioch ridge on Ben Macdui.
That's the ridge in the middle of the photo. I've done about 5 miles and I'm still not near the bottom of the fell. These hills are bigger than the Lakeland fells then.
Eventually I'm on the ridge as a snow shower whips across. Yes it is August.
The long distances are worth it as I am now in granite heaven.
I think that's Ben a Ghlo on the horizon. I dont linger on the summit as it's very cold and I'm nacked. I head down past Loch Etchachan.
The first flat dry place is a little patch of grass besides the beck and a bridge. I sleep but am awake and frozen about 3am. I put on all my clothes in the sleeping bag but am still freezing. In the morning theres frost and ice but no midges. Can't believe it's August.
Just a tip, dont drive at speed back to Braemar in the hope of getting breakfast cos all the cafes will be shut. Strange place.