Located just to the West of Mullach an Rathain, this secluded corrie is not as grand as its Eastern neighbours, but offers more amenable skiing, with the bonus of (maybe) being able to ski of the summit.
The shortest, most direct approach is the most brutal - straight up the path to the South of Mullach an Rathain. It is steep, and relentless, particularly with a heavy pack, but it brings you out onto the ridge at the head of the corrie. There is a small parking spot next to the start of the path, at NG414554.
Your options to return to the roadside are not straightforward...
- Of course, you could boot back up to the ridge, and walk all the way back down (assuming there isn't snow cover to ski/board). This is quite likely to be almost as brutal as the ascent.
- Once you've climbed back up, work your way East, and ski into Coire na Caime. From there, you can walk out the corrie, and cut across the hillside to the Coire Dubh path. Be warned, it's rough going. One at the Coire Dubh car park, you could try hitching back to your car if you have not made other arrangements. This is best not undertaken with skis on your back!
- Descent right out of the corrie, and join the path on the North side of Liathach. You can choose to head either way, but your hitching options will be best from the Coire Dubh car park.
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