YP HIKE: Cairngorms National Park
Review by Valentino Monroy Gomez, Westwood Global Energy
One of the perks of living and working in Aberdeen is having the Cairngorms on your doorstep. On the 6th of July, a group of PESGB members from Aberdeen met in the Glen Doll car park, prepared with a range of different clothing for any eventuality in the Cairngorm weather. We set off just after 11 am, through picturesque woodland, complete with the occasional informational post on the local geology (who said this was just a hike and not an education trip too!). Following the signs for Corrie Fee, we soon found our way out of the woods and were presented with a stunning waterfall within a bowl-shaped corrie. While admiring the view we made our way up the side of the waterfall through some steep sections that almost required some scrabbling. At the top of the waterfall, it was a short walk to the summit of Mayar. At the top of Mayar, we stopped for some lunch and spotted Driesh in the distance. After around a 5-hour hike we found ourselves walking down back towards the car park, feeling suitably pleased about bagging two more Munros. We all felt a well-earned drink was in order so piled into the local Glen Clova Hotel bar before heading home. Thanks to all those who attended, I hope your legs were not as sore as mine the next day!