Well, after humming and hoing about heading out today, I eventually bit the bullet and set off. Still recovering from the bout of D and V earlier in the week I chose a hill which was perfect for todays mediciinal needs - something not too strenuous nad not too far away. he only down side was that the start of the walk was at 500m on a small winding road which sees little gritter action (if the signs are to be believed). Anyway - if the road was unpassable I did hae a plan B.
An extremely late start (left house at 10.30!!) saw me heaing north and I reached the turn off for the Ben Lawers nature reserve at about 11.30. Heading up through the trees and things were ok, the raod was black and the temperature was 3 degrees. I headed on and past the car parks for lawers and tarmachan. My parking bay was to be at the green iron hut just before the road turns north and heads down to Glen Lyon. However about 1 km before this point the road got markedly worse and there was a lot of lying snow and ice!! was heading down hill now so managed it ok (it was the return I was not too confident about!!).Anyway set off and strolled slowly (well scramled and slipped) to te summit. Not much in way of views but enjoyable none the less. Only took a couple of hours, then it was back to the car for the fun slippy drive back home. Well the car managed fine and I got home nice and early- starting to feel better now thankfully...........
Some thoughts and reports from my outdoors activties...