Keeping it local - Misty Law

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 go cross country.  This turned out to be a good choice, keeping us out of the direct hit of the wind and reducing the undulating nature of the track.

We were glad to have reached the summit, for all of 10 seconds.  The wind was brutal and artic.  We dropped down for a quick fuel up and decided we would go back via the landrover track............... nope that aint happening.  Wind was blowing us over and the slope looked too steep in the snow to be falling over on.  We quickly retraced our steps and headed back cross country to the safe side of the track avoiding the people eating drifts.

Well our local walk certainly gave us a good workout.  We had earned the lovely pint of Happy Chappy perfectly poured by the staff in the Brown Bull.  It would have been rude not to use some of the villages amenities.

Looking back down over the village

Steve struggling in the drifts

Cross country we go

Yes this is the summit of Misty Law

Looking north,  Ben Lomond is out there somewhere

This one he did deliberately


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