Tinto is Lanarkshire's default hill. I've lost count the number of times I've done it since my first ascent from Wiston Lodge aged 12 on a school activities week.
Today's Air Na Creagan outing we had 6 in the group who were experiencing it for the first time.
The cold blast had given us some snow though not as much as we'd anticipated. We headed up the usual route and were on top in good time. As usual Tinto's wind vortex was in full swing so a quick summit shot before finding shelter to discuss return routes.
This is where Steve shared his cunning plan to avoid a wind blasted slippy descent via our ascent route. We were to be treated by heading west over Lochlyoch Hill. What a treat too with all the powder snow on this side making the route back to the minor road very enjoyable.
Our alternative route may have doubled the distance but it added loads to the enjoyment of the day. As always, The Tinto Hill Tearoom provided a welcome post walk treat.
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