Two weeks ago (10th Nov) we headed for a hike in the central highlands. For once the weather was perfect- it felt like a perfect mid winters day, only in early November....
Will this be a great winter again weather wise?Loads of berries on the trees in autumn yada yada ya ;) who knows - fingers crossed though. Film from this perfect day below and trip report. ...
Ben More and Stob
The Winter had arrived early with snow falling throughout the
week, however the forecast for the weekend was to be bright and showery on
Saturday then mild and windy on Sunday. Unfortunately I could only do Sunday
due to other commitments and thus my thoughts of a trip into the snowy
mountains seemed slim and perhaps a bit slushy and wet – However! -come Friday
afternoon and another check on MWIS and a squint at the Met Office suggested
hope – lots of hope. It seemed the Atlantic front was delayed due to a slight
ridge of High pressure – happy days. As the weekend approached and Saturday
went by, the forecast just got better and better!! Sunday was now the day to be
in the hills –perfect.
My friend had back surgery a couple of months ago and this was to
be his first outing, Ben More was chosen as his come back mountain, and with the
weather looking tremendous, this could be a good
Anyway Sunday arrived and three of us met at Ben More Farm and we
were off by 08.30. The weather was glorious - small patches of cloud amongst
mainly blue skies. The snow line was relatively low down perhaps around 500m,
and initially the snow was softish but it soon became a little more crisp and
crampons were required. There was a considerable amount of snow and it felt like
mid January but on a perfect day. As we gained height there were wisps of cloud
towards the summit – perhaps we were not going to be so lucky and have a clagged
in summit!! However the opposite was true – we were treated to a Fog Bow and the
Glories then finally being above the cloud on the summit.
It was not a day to move away from the top too quickly and we
loitered for some time. Our timing was perfect as the slight breeze died away as
we hit the top and there was warmth in the sun. The air clarity was superb and
the hills of Lothian and the Borders could easily be picked out beyond Glasgow
and Grangemouth in the central belt.
Eventually we left the summit and our friend headed back down
from the Bealach leaving two of us to head up Stob Binnein. The views from the
top were almost as good as from Ben More and more loitering was done. Eventually
we decided we needed to head home sometime and we headed down towards the track
in Ben More Glen. We hit the track at its head – beware the mud trap. My brother
sunk up to his thy literally a metre from the start of the track when jumping
Back to the car for 14.30 and a collection of great memories –
hopefully the winter will bring many more similar days J
Some thoughts and reports from my outdoors activties...