Monday, 22 February 2010

Stob Coire Sgriodain & Chno Dearg Sun 21 Feb 2010

Approaching Stob Coire Sgriodain
Having only done the 2 munros on the east side of Loch Treig only once we left the house and it was -5, then when reached Dalwhinnie it was -10 and at Loch Laggan -12. The narrow road up to Fersit is not the best even in summer but with the snow they must of had last week it was, well you did'nt want to meet anything. Anyway after leaving the car and getting the satmap fired up (great little GPS, expensive but I love it and so accurate ,very reassuring but after 25+ years of hill walking not sure I really need it but what the hell) we headed for Stob Coire Sgriodain at first looked a bit dicey with the crags and snow but once closer was ok but ice axe and crampons were def needed, it was quite a pull up to the first top of Sron na garbh-bheinne as a lot of powdery snow.
Paul nearing summit of Stob Coire Sgriodain

Finally at the summit was rewarded with the great views of surrounding Mountains and Loch Treig

Myself at the Summit

Loch Treig
Left the summit and then stopped at the first col for a quick bite to eat then it was over the next two tops through pretty hard going snow towards Chno Dearg.When at the final col between the 2 hills removed my crampons as not required anymore,then last pull up to the summit of Chno Dearg. One bonus of the the hard going snow on ascend it made for a great fast descend. All in all a fantastic winter's hillwalking day.

Views N towards towards Roy Bridge from descend of Chno Dearg

360 Video from Summit of Stob Coire Sgriodain
Video makes it sound like it was very windy but it was'nt

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Mayar Sun 14 Feb 2010

Myself just emerging from the woods on the Kilbo Path

Not exactly sure how many times I've actually done Mayar (10+) but it's my local and as my hill legs were needin a workout decided to head up Glen Doll. As it was a bit later in the day when we started was not really sure of what route to do and did not fancy Mayar and Dreish by Corrie Fee, as was in Corrie Fee two weeks ago we saw people heading up the scorrie of Driesh, which looks harder than it is so we thought bout going that way but could na really be bothered hauling out the crampons as these would def be needed to get up that route.So decided on Kilbo path leading on to the Shank of Drumfollow,as George Henderson pointed out to me as never really thought about it before what a great name for a ridge. Snow was quite good for walking but hey it's still hard going whatever. Good walking along the ridge which was made quite narrow with blown snow. We then decided to head to Mayar as was starting to snow. Had a quick cup of coffee and my Caramac,yes remember them, has to be a Caramac. On to Mayar and great views all round but everything looking very white.

Looking towards Dreish

Just decided to head back to the Shank of Drumfollow to save fiddleing with the crampons as was snowing as you can see in video. Was going to climb Dreish but I love descending the Shank and better still Clova Hotel, here we come !!

Monday, 15 February 2010

1st Post on Blog

OK thanks to George Henderson I have started this blogspot
Soon will add next post with pics and video of Sunday 14th Feb 2010 on Mayar, Glen Doll