Woken early (really early!) and I couldn't sleep so got up and headed the short drive up the A9 to Moulin. The weather had been cold and snowy so I left the car in the slightly lower car park (upper one was fine on arrival) and headed off in the dark. No starry skies on this walk unlike last night time outing, however this walk felt a lot more "alien!". The gloaming and fact that the trees have recently been felled had me questioning if I was on the right path!!! However the "trench" made by previous walkers re assured me I was on the correct path!! This made progress quick and navigation easy - a stark contrast to the last trip where I was breaking trail (sometimes through waist deep snow), and subsequently the time to reach the summit was almost halved on this walk!
Got some nice atmospheric snaps of Pitlcohry at the Benches before headed into the cloud and the gloaming!!
A large part of me was hoping for an inversion and the peak to be above the cloud, however my brain told me this was unlikely given the met office peaks forecast! My brain was right!!! Reaching the top just before sunrise and I really was roaming in the gloaming. The summit trig and cairn were very nicely iced up and I got a few nice shots of the ice sculptures that had formed.
Nothing else to see so I swiftly headed back to car, made easy by nice snow and crampons biting nicely! Back home in time for breakfast and the rest of the world waking up.....
Some thoughts and reports from my outdoors activties...