Deciding what hill to do in winter involves a number of factors including being able to get to the start of the route. The Munros at Bridge of Orchy are perfectly placed being right on the A82. So for the second outing of this winter weekend Beinn Dorain was the target for today's Craggy crew of Steve, Kathryn, Niamh, Malcolm, Roddy with special guest appearance from Micky and Cluanie.
This route is normally tackled as 2 Munros but with deep snow anticipated we knew only one was on the cards for being ticked off today. It was a bit of a contrast to the last outing we had on these hills when we had a mini heatwave back in June 2016!!!!!
The hill turned out to be a lot busier than we'd expected The good weather had brought out loads of folk as well as Oban Mountain Rescue Team doing a training session. Niamh said the ascent looked like a scene in Everest the way the people were snaking up the hill. It was well and truly frozen underfoot and when we hit the snow progress wa…
For once the weather gods were in our favour. The only issue was being able to get to the hills to play in all this glorious snow that had been dumped during the week. It was a no brainer. There was only really one contender. "Just" the Luss Hills for Craggy crew of Alan, Kathryn, Niamh, Claire, Fiona, Jean, Roddy, Steve and myself. Route details available here from Walk Highlands.
Thankfully the roads were OK and we all made it to Luss though the Gaffney's did deploy the snow slippers to escape their campsite.
Well I had Lou Reed playing in my head all day as it really was a Perfect Day. The deep snow may have made it more energy sapping (code for calorie burning) but it was an absolute pleasure to be out on this blue sky perfect winter day. There were a lot more folk than we would normally see on this route all with the same idea - to make the most of these gems of hills.
Needless to say lots of photos were taken and there was lots of playing in the snow which…
South was the direction of choice for today's Craggy adventure to one of the first hills I ever climbed - Culter Fell.
It was great to have some old friends from Outdoorsmagic, Ben and Jo, join us as well as Karen, Archie and spaniel Lottie.
We were surprised to be the only cars parking up when we got there. Suspect everyone was heading to the snowy north to join the A82 carpark!!
It was a tad chillier, windier and cloudier than we expected from the forecast as we set off but we were clinging to the hope it would improve as promised. There was still a fair bit of snow around but thankfully not too deep so the drag up Shin Fell wasn't too bad. Unfortunately the summit of Culter Fell was clagged in and not very hospitable.
As we headed for Moss Law it eventually started to clear and the sun even attempted to come out. We stopped for lunch at Holm Nick and looked up at the very appropriately named Gathersnow Hill with its cornice. The original plan had been to head up onto …