Monday, 24 December 2012

Drumochter Mountains, Dec'12

When the forecast is for excellent conditions, you've just got to down tools and head to the mountains !

On this particular day in December, calm clear conditions were forecast, so kit was stuffed into the truck the night before in preparation of a fine day on the Drumochter hills. And I wasn't disappointed. A fair amount of snow was dumped overnight and on the previous days, which made for an interesting drive up from Edinburgh.

From Balsporran Cottages I headed up Geal Charn, the deep snow making for tough progress. The summit was clear and the views therefore vast, the clear air at this time of year aiding far distant peaks to be identified. I met one guy at the col before A'Mharconaich and enjoyed a bit of banter before slogging up through more deep snow to this Munro's summit. Onto Beinn Udlamain, fence posts were blasted with rime-ice and mist began to swirl around.

The slog off this mountain was as tough as it's ascent, but Sgairneach Mhor proved to be the toughest hill of the day - perhaps the snow was taking its toll and I was tiring a bit ! I reached the summit as the sun set behind Etive and Glencoe, glorious colours lit the sky as light began to fade. Back to the A9 in darkness, the walk on the cycle-route back wasn't much fun !
More photos of the day are on the Flickr page.