After a few dinks last night and not getting to bed until nearer 3am, my plans for a new hill were a bit scuppered. I decided on one close to home that did not require driving along un gritted roads. So Ben Vrackie it was (again!!).
However I decided I would take to Bealch path this time as I had not done this before. Every time I have gone up the main path!! So I arrived late and the car park was full. It was going to be a busy on the hill!! I set off and the sun was shining. It would be an understatment to say I was 100% today due to Hogmanny!! However I soon reached the split in the path and headed around the back of Meall na Aodainn Moire. I then decided to head directly North from the lochan and avoid the path. I had not been this way before and it certainly brightened the ascent! There were traces of a path here and there but it was mainly pathless, steep at the bottom before relenting toward the top. I did not see another person till I reached the summit - amazing considering both car parks were full on return. This was not the case on the way downhowever - the hill was very popular and busy today lots of people enjoying themselves :) A nice little start to the new year and the views were magic - could see the lomond hills in fife clearly and down Strath Tay towards te centra bel.....
Some thoughts and reports from my outdoors activties...