Pygmy Ridge and Afterthought Arete, Cairngorms

Out today in the Cairngorms with Harry and Fiona. After meeting in the ski centre car park and being pleasantly surprised to find the majority of the cloud below us we headed in to Coire an t-Sneachda and climbed Pygmy Ridge.

Harry & Fiona high on Pygmy Ridge

Harry & Fiona high on Pygmy Ridge

We approached the route via the line of Central Left Hand and then a short traverse, which works well. The rock and turf on Central Left Hand were damp from having been in cloud, but the rock on Pygmy Ridge was dry.

Near the top of Pygmy Ridge

Near the top of Pygmy Ridge

We then headed over to the Loch Avon Basin and climbed Afterthought Arete on Stag Rocks. Again the rock was dry and we enjoyed excellent views from the route.

Harry on Afterthought Arete

Harry on Afterthought Arete

A stroll back over the plateau and a wander down Fiacaill Coire Cas completed a very good day out. Lots of ptarmigan about in their autumn plummage and the odd hare.

Fiona and Harry with Carn Etchachan behind

Fiona and Harry with Carn Etchachan behind

Dry all day with light easterly winds. As we descended the cloud was rolling in over the plateau.