First time back at the van since getting a “new” Achilles tendon. Caroline and John also joined us for the weekend. After a minor debate it was decided to do an easy-ish walk round the Cairngorm Plateau. Total trip worked out at about 16km with a few hundred metres of climb. We had a cracking day weather wise with views horizon to horizon and winds gusting 25mph max.We took an easy drag up to point 1141 (Fiacaill a'Choire Chais.) My first top in over 2 months, not really though as it was removed from the list in the 1974 revision of Munro’s Tables. We then went round the rim of the Northern Corries reconnaissance for the coming winter. We picked out a few great lines. I checked the guidebook and saw apart from the low grade classics a lot of the fun stuff is not named. From the top of Cairn Lochan we had an easy bimble back to the car park and then to Glenmore Lodge for a well-deserved pint. On the whole my new ankle performed admirably with only minor pain and tiredness more due I suspect to my excess weight and general level of unfitness.