Saturday, 25 November 2017


No swimming today, 2cm thick ice
Hard work in the snow drifts
Chalamain Gap ahead
Cloud over Northern Corries
Todays high point, Creag a' Chalamain
Windy up high
Another day of sub zero temperatures on the hills. We had plenty of snow showers coupled with strong winds and poor visibility in the Cairngorms. I would guess it would have been a wild, hard work out time on the Munros. Karen and I stayed at lower altitudes and had a leisurely day on Creag a' Chalamain. This seldom visited wee summit has a modest altitude of only 787m but gives fine views of the Northern Corries, on a good day. The popular, well trodden paths are becoming icy and once you get off these routes the going is tough with plenty of snow drifts to plough through. All good training and a fab leg workout to prepare you for a winter season in the Scottish hills. The planned swim at a lochan on the way back had to be postponed. A few cm's of ice over the loch put pay to any nautical activities to Karen's chosen stretch of water. However, we did find a smaller pool that was ice free for a quick dip before heading home.

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