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…
One thing's for sure, the beast from the east kinda disrupted the plans for the weekend. While Ballater may have been the desired destination, playing in the snow was always the aim. So the fact that there had been a dump of snow practically on the doorstep meant time to explore the snowfields of Clyde Muirshiel Park.
It was me and the two Steves. Misty Law was the target. Route was straight from the village of Lochwinnoch. This meant no need to worry about getting to the start as we just parked in the village. This route utilises minor road then landrover track practically all the way to the top. Should be relatively straightforward..................... except for the people eating drifts obliterating the track!!!
Suffice to say, it was quiet out on the route. Only met one other couple who had turned back after getting swallowed up by the drifts once too often. But we carried on even though there were a couple of attempts on us. At Mistylaw Muir we took the decision to …