Carn na Drochaide: 2nd December 2011.
What with one thing and another Bob and I didn`t get away until late on the Friday morning the result being that I didn`t set off up the hill until 2pm 😯 Given the weather Bob opted for a sheltered walk through the Scots pines up Glen Quoich while I started off up the Corbett.The cloud was lowering and the wind was something ridiculous.So bad that I couldn`t have my customary summit fag 😀
Straight up to the cairn with the wind behind me.I took what shelter the cairn offered,which wasn`t much, sorted out the beard flap and dragged out the mountain hat and turned around into the wind to descend.Had my mitts over my eyes to protect them from the whipping effects of the spindrift so could only see a few yards in front of me.Given the weather,the fact that it was midweek and getting dark I was surprised to bump into some guy still on his way up 😯 Had a quick word with him and then raced down the hill where Bob was sitting in the car waiting.Arrived at the hut about ten minutes before Neil dropped in after his night at Bob Scotts bothy.No photos because I wasn`t taking my gloves off and the wind was awful 😀
Morven: 3rd December 2011.
Once again Bob opted for the low level option when getting out of the car and feeling the wind.Maybe I`ll be as sensible one day 😀 So,Jools,John B.and meself headed up from Milton of Whitehouse up the east ridge.It was a bit on the blowy side again though not as bad as the previous day.Nothing special about this hill so we had a natter all the way up and down.
John B. and Jools at the top at the top…
Too windy for much in the way of photos though Beinn a`Bhuird was looking good to the west.Rounded the day off by a visit to the Burn o`Vat and then a few pints in Ballater 😀
The entrance to the Burn o`Vat…
Inside the Burn o`Vat..
Conachcraig: 4th December 2011.
Although I`m in a mountaineering club it`s more of a loose association of friends than anything formal.Everyone does their own thing at our winter meets whether it be climbing,hillwalking or whatever.I can`t remember the last time a bunch of us went up a hill in crocodile fashion and I have no idea as to why it happened this time but it did.Having said that we were prety much strung out on the hill.Some of the company were petty much strung out the previous evening as well 🙂
Lochnagar from the car park..
There was small holdup at the first stream crossing whilst one or two of our less nimble friends ( no names ) had a little difficulty with the icy rocks so I took the opportunity of rushing on ahead and leaving them to their own devices 🙂 The path was pretty icy but nevertheless I made good time up to the high point below Lochnagar.The wind once again was a touch on the bitter side and not fancying hanging around there I carried on up the south ridge of the Corbett and found a sheltered cranny amongst the tors to wait for the next folk up.
Eventually John B arrived and posed….
Like the previous day it was very windy and hard to hold a camera still.Looking over to Beinn a`Bhuird….
Wandered over to the northern top with Craig and John before doubling back to meet up with the others.Craig and I then descended down over Carn nan Daimh.
An interesting chat on the way down about his 2 years with the VSO in Namibia and we were soon back at my car where I had a one hour wait for Bob to return from his trip up Lochnagar while the rest of them headed off for coffee and scones in Ballater 🙂
All that was left was the drive back home over the Devils Elbow.Bob taking photos as usual…
I usually add about five new Corbetts a year but these three took me up to the grand total of ten for 2011.I should really get my foot down and finish them but there are so many other hills that need a good bagging as well 🙂