Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas on the High Street

Well not quite Christmas but on 23 Dec John, Ann and Steve W ascended the Lake District's High Street from the head of the flooded valley of Haweswater. Not a bad day out, and very quiet on the fells.
Looking up Riggindale

High Street from Kidsty Pike

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Winter Wanderings at last!!

Last weekend was the AMC's last meet of the year (almost - still the new year trip to go!) to Mill Cottage. A whopping 18 of us were signed up, with the hardcore few camping out beside the hut.

A very sophistomicated evening of wine, beer and chocolate port by the roaring stove nicely settled everyone in for the night.

Saturday morning was much fairer than forecast (or so it seemed in the hut's hollow) so parties headed out down glen feshie and the more adventurous towards Corour Station....

In Glen Feshie, we parked up and headed up towards Sgur Gaoith, promising ourselves we'd turn around if the forecast highwinds and snow materialised.

Starting up towards Sgurr Gaoith

View from Meall a Bhuidhe
Fortunately they never did and we found ourselves on the summit

Summit of Sgurr Gaoith
as the cloud broke, and fantastic winter views opened up for us. We decided to head along the ridge to Carn Ban Mor, then were tempted by the just visible cairn of Mullach Clach na Bhlair and continued off south.

Naturally, the weather chose this point to close in and the final ascent was spent in cloud and snow, but mercifully low winds compared to the forecast.

Descending from Mullach Clach na Bhlair

All that was left was the "lovely" trudge back along the glen and road to the van. Luckily a kind couple picked up our driver and took him back along the glen to the van. All of about 300m from where they picked him up. Still, its the thought that counts and we were greatful for every meter knocked off the trudge!

Sunday's main activity was getting cars up the firstly snowy and soon polished and icey forestry track to the main road! a couple of hours and 6 cars later we felt justified in rewarding ourselves with bacon butties tea in Aviemore.

I'm sure that a write up of Beinn na Lap mission will appear shortly as well!