Retracing our steps, thankfully aided by the savage wind, we regained the path and back to the broad shoulder of Càrn Bàn Mòr. We decided to get one last pitch in down to the snow line, following the top of Tom to where the snow ran out. From here, we transitioned in a wind that ripped off the plateau and accelerated towards us, numb fingers and a volley of swearwords gathered up and transported northwards to be deposited onto poor innocent ears in Aviemore, no doubt. All that remained was the ski carry back to the cars.
The total tour distance was around 26 km. The plateau was mellow the entire way, and we were never exposed to any avalanche risk. Navigation may have been slightly tricky had the weather not been perfect, but there are plenty of topographic features to catch you should you need the map and compass. This tour makes an excellent, long, but not arduous, stunning trek for those less experienced wanting to build their fitness and push their backcountry skills. That said, this section of the plateau is very remote, reached from a long, dead-end single track road and a long trek in, so that should be taken into account by team members when discussing the day. I thoroughly recommend it though, for those wanting a big, easy day as an alternative to the classic and well-travelled Ben Macdui mission.