Monday, 6 April 2015

Misty Mountains

At the weekend I had a good catch up with some friends as part of Minesh's stag weekend in Glencoe. Despite the low cloud the team were still keen to do some walking so we headed up Tom Meadhoin to the North of Loch Leven. No views but still a great wee hill and it put the guys in good stead for a few celebratory drinks in the Clachaig afterwards!

Today I was out with Kirk and Carl on the Ben. Kirk climbed Snowdon with his daughter last year and was keen to take the next step up.
We put crampons on at corner 2 to help with the unhelpfully slippy soft snow which has become quite compact with the weekend's traffic. At corner 6 the visibility really dropped and it was full on Winter navigation from here to the summit and back. There were points where I was almost in touching distance of some of the cairns before we could see them. As usual a lot of folk worryingly unprepared for the conditions though it was good to see some people making good decisions and turning around when they had reached the limit of their skill level.
A superb day and a great effort from Kirk and Carl, well done chaps!