Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Winter Walking around Glen Lyon

Yesterday Lorenzo, Jamie and I headed into the mountains in search of snow and fine weather. Yesterday was foul, driving rain and sleet, high winds and cold temperatures. We headed out from Kinloch Rannoch, and due to a last minute change of plan (we were told stalking was going on where we were heading) we headed to a wee bothie at GR673,555 (sheet 51). On arrival we realised we couldn't spend the night here (it was wet, windy and cold inside), we headed down to the Glenmore Bothy. At this point the rain was heavy, water levels were high and one member of our group mis-calculated their jump and landed in a fast flowing burn!! Not a great start. We arrived at the bothy and ate and slept. In the middle of the night Lorenzo became very sick, so in the morning Jamie and I decided to do the walk and Lorenzo was happy to walk out to the car. Jamie and I headed from the bothie up to Meall na Aighean, then up to Carn Mairg, across to Meall Garbh and finally to Carn Gorm. We descended via Glen Sassunn and got back to the car before dark. 4 Munroe's in the two days. Today's weather was very cold, we experienced lots of hard packed snow ice on the tops as well as some layers of wind slab around. As there were quite high winds over night, there was quite a bit of riming present too.

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