For five years I lived the city life, dead to all that matters to me. This is the type of weekend I live for. I feel like I am reaching my previous levels of fitness and fun again. Still a long way from being able to ride consecutive 100mile MTB days. But that’s ok, I’m pushing deeper into adventure again and this first winter back in Scotland is all about finding form and fitness. My physical fitness, mental fitness and skills all need work. Scotland isn’t to be messed with and I want to build up gradually, taking my time learning to deal with the weather, navigation, landscape and risks travelling solo again.
This trip was all about riding the Northern Corries and perhaps Ben Macdui if conditions and energy levels were right. I’ve fancied riding the Northern Corries for a while, they are a magical winter location famous for hard winter climbing and great views. Sunday I planned a long ride over Beinn a Bhurd back to Aviemore. As it turned out I had to use one of my planned escape routes off the Cairngorm plateau due to changing weather and tired body which meant my planned Sunday ride was out.
I realised as I was packing up my bike during this winter bikepacking trip that my kit list is pretty complex so I’ve written a separate winter bikepacking kitlist article. Enjoy.