Thursday, 2 March 2017

Munro Bagging

For the first weekend of the month myself and Sara stayed up near Aberfeldy at wee place called Camserney. The cozy cottage sported a log burner and was ideally placed for accessing the Ben Lawers hills along Loch Tay. There was a rather pessimistic forecast on the Saturday but it proved to be very wrong. We headed on up to Meall nan Tarmachan after a lazy start and big breakfast!

Ben Lawers resplendent in the January?! sunshine. Credit Sara Cockburn.

Sara managed to catch a fog bow! Credit Sara Cockburn.

From Meall nan Tarmachan looking to Meall Garbh. Credit Sara Cockburn.

The atmospheric ridge off Meall Garbh. Credit Sara Cockburn.
The next day the pessimistic forecast unfortunately proved more accurate and we were greeted with low clouds and drizzle up at the Ben Lawers car park. Not deterred, we Gore-Tex'd up and began the plod up onto the first top of the day Beinn Ghlas before heading round onto Ben Lawers for lunch. Afterwards we made a quick descent via Coire Odhar. 

Ben Lawers is up there somewhere - I promise! Credit Sara Cockburn.
The following weekend of the 14th January Winter had made a full return and in good style. With a bluebird day forecast and fair amount of new wind blown powder snow, we both decided an ascent of Schiehallion would be a good way to spend Saturday. 

From Schiehallion looking out West over Rannoch Moor with the Buachaille visible. Credit Sara Cockburn.
Credit Sara Cockburn.

Descending in a bittingly cold breeze! Credit Sara Cockburn.

Light beginning to fade after another good day. Credit Sara Cockburn.

Sastrugi art. Credit Sara Cockburn.
Myself and Sara were then treated on Friday 20th January to one of the most spectacular days I've had in the Scottish hills. We headed for the Bridge of Orchy hills, Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh. I will let Sara's photos speak for themselves.... 

A morning view.

Credit Sara Cockburn.

Looking to Stob Ghabar with the Ben in the distance. Credit Sara Cockburn.

Ben More, Ben Lomond, Arrochar hills and Ben Lui. Credit Sara Cockburn.

Fading light from Beinn an Dothaidh. Credit Sara Cockburn.

Sunset with Ben Cruachan. Credit Sara Cockburn.

Sara glad to have picked a good day off work!

The end of a special day in the Scottish hills. Credit Sara Cockburn.

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