Today I am back out with John and I will be for the next 14 days. The aim of our time is to get fit both on the hill and on the crags as John has been away for a wee while. Today we kicked off with a leg stretch around the classic Ring of Steall. We did this last year and is one of John's favourite rounds as it provides fantastic views over Loch Leven, where John grew up. We did it in reverse today, starting from Steall falls and finishing at lower falls which gave the legs a good workout. There was a reasonable amount of snow around, but we didn't need crampons on at any pint. The turf was still very soft, rocks were still loose and we never really reach a freezing level. It was good to get out and blow away the cobwebs for John and also get a feel for what the conditions are like.