With a rather blowy wet day predicted across much of the highland region, we turned our attention to the South and started looking at option in the Southern Uplands where the forecast was (a bit) better. Tinto was mentioned but I wanted to bag another unclimbed “Ronnie” and suggested White Combe. No chance of snow (or anything wintry! – in fact the car told me it was 12 degrees at one point on the roa down !).
A first big hill post-Christmas and Gerry and George joined me around the back of 9 for a wee amble up the hill. With the clag down and the forecast looking pretty grim we decided on an out and back approach passing the wonderful Grey Mares Tail on route. The well-constructed path follows the waterfall to the top (although the best views of the falls are from the bottom) and once we reached the top we found a handy dyke wall that we would utilise as a handrail. For the next 20 minutes the weather cleared a little and I thought we may get lucky, however it wasn’t to be and as we closed in on the summit the clag came in and the predicted wind howled ;) A brief stop on the top and we decided against a day in the clag circling the loch and headed back down the way we came. A few more people around on the descent and Georges gismo told us we had taken 2 hrs 20mins, walked about 5 Kms and ascended a little over 600 metres. A fine morning out.
Now where’s the snow- bring on Monday!!!
Some thoughts and reports from my outdoors activties...