In late March, John was leading a bespoke day taking in the seven Munros that make up the Lawers group. Here's his tale......
We met at the Lawers Hotel car park, where you used to be able to leave the car on the promise of partaking of a pint at the end of the walk. This has changed, and there is now much more limited parking, and they ask for £5 for the day. It is still reasonable in my opinion, and a necessity if the linear walk from the higher car park near the site of the old visitor centre is planned.
We had some fun picking our way through fields of névé and rocky outcrops, but at the bealach, it was obvious Eddie was suffering with cramp. He and Willie therefore decided to descend directly to Lochan nan Cat, which whilst steep, was feasible. Indeed, Willie was so enjoying the snowy slope, he decided to practice his self-belay!
The other guys improved upon his work, and by the time I down climbed, I had some nice steps to use, but it still demanded concentration for the initial steepening. We had a whoop and a high-five at the bottom of the slope, as looking back up, it is quite intimidating, yet we had dealt with it calmly and safely.
In the encroaching darkness, we watched as a Ptarmigan brace went through the time-honoured ritual of female pecking around disinterestedly, whilst the male struts, preens and pesters, resplendent with his red eyes brows.
Everyone reconvened at the Killin Hotel after the to-ing and fro-ing with the cars, and we enjoyed a splendid meal and a welcome pint.
Thank you very much to Eddie for organising, and to Mark, Dan, Willie, Pat, Declan and Anthony for being such a fun group.
More photos by John are up on Flickr !