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Did you tell them that you were, errr, a mature lady and a backpacker? I stayed there very early last year and also on the Challenge a couple of years ago and given my age and lack of car etc. I recall it only being about £8 or so. Alternatively the small site at Coylumbridge beside the L/G path start is fine and if you are heading then towards Loch Morch there is now an off-road path all the way.
According to their website, backpackers are entitled to 50% discount, there are also discounts available for (ahem) over 60s and single occupiers, as shown here (it won't be clicky, I'm not technical) http://www.campingintheforest.co.uk/scotland/glenmore-campsite
so I'd just pitch up. I also know of other Challengers who have sent parcels and had no problems, so that should be okay too.
Other than that, the campsite at Coylumbridge, Rothiemurchus has the best toilet block ever and welcome backpackers, but will leave you further to walk depending on your route.
If you don't mind a wild camp, there's a good pitch about 1 mile beyond the Cairngorm footbridge, should that not be too far off, but again depends on your route, or further on there is a pitch that is not too bad at the bridge on the site of the old Bynack Stables.
And if the weather is like last year there is always Ryvoan Bothy.
I'll second, or third, a vote for the Coylumbridge camp site. Excellent facilities and friendly & helpful too. Parcels were no problem the last time I used it.
I third or fourth that for the Colyumbridge campsite - it's my favourite commercial site in the Cairngorms! (That I've stayed in so far anyway!)
I have camped at the Morlich Camp site on many occasions and have never been charged the amount they have quoted you. They have always accepted a food parcel without restriction and the staff has been most helpful.
I have found making the initial contact by phone to be the most successful way of obtaining the full attention of campsite or other accommodation providers. Then you can mention the Challenge (they will be aware of it), emphasize the small backpacking tent you will be using just for one night and tentatively mention a small food parcel.
I follow up with an e-mail confirming what was agreed. I also add a note to the effect that I am responsible for my own safety and not to press the panic button if I don't turn up on time or at all, removing any responsibility from them for my welfare.
I had tentatively booked to camp there last year but because of the horrendous weather chose the Cairngorm Lodge SYHA opposite the camp site. Fabulous stay there, best drying room I have ever come across anywhere in UK and excellent food.
Don't forget the café and shop attached to the campsite. Again excellent meals at the café with a grandstand view of the wildlife from the veranda windows and a well stocked shop.
I have had the backpackers discount at this site - it was a few years ago, but I think it was half the normal fee. Fabulous site - stay there frequently with my husband, car camping. Agree the shop is well stocked and the cafe is well worth a visit. Sit where you can watch birds on the feeders....
And the cafe has now got a bar....
talking of bars don't forget it's only a short stroll up to Glenmore Lodge
... and a roll back down hill afterwards
Many thanks everyone for your helpful advice. I did give them all the information in my original e-mail and had read the rates on the website, but perhaps the employee who replied was ill-informed. I'll check my distances again and then decide whether to chase Loch Morlich or settle for Rothiemurchus.
I shouldn't bother with sending a parcel as they have shops in Aviemore. Even with the stupid prices they charge in the outdoor shops (nearly ten quid for a spork!!!!(outrageous)), its still cheaper buying deyhdrated scoff in a shop than sending it through the post and the spotty, vaguely interested teenager who serves you will be an 'king expert unless, of course, you place your order via his twitter feed.
Or there's proper shops that sell real food and pies.
Local wild(ish) camps are also available.
Fraser's Butchers closed?
What's the world coming to?
I mean, really....