Our blog - Drumochter, 18-19 Nov'17

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Drumochter Munros

18-19 November 2017
A winter weekend of guided hiking on the Munros above Drumochter. Richard was leading with Steven helping out, here's Richard's tale....

Day 1 - West of Drumochter Pass

I met up with Rachael, Aven, Julia, Steve, Arthur, Diane, Jay and Steven who was out to join us for some fun in the hills above the Drumochter Pass on a cold morning with a very promising weather forecast despite some strong winds. After moving some cars to the planned finish we set off up Geal Charn passing numerous grouse clucking away in the grass and heather on the lower slopes.

It was an even paced group so the climb went at a pleasant pace as we were left in the dust by the odd mountain hare speeding uphill at pace! The winds were very cold and strong as we reached our first summit, but the views out to the Ben Alder hills were fantastic. We continued down the ridge to find some shelter from the wind and even enjoyed some warm sunshine for some food and drink before heading on round to A’Mharconaich on some icier ground in the fresh snow. It was a short visit as the winds were biting and we continued walking on the high ground towards Beinn Udlamain finding some relative shelter for a spot of lunch.

It was hard keeping count of the mountain hares though we spotted some Ptarmigan as well before the winds and some fresh snow hit us on the summit slopes of Udlamain so goggles came into their own to safeguard our eyes on route to our third summit of the day. We were moving well and covering the ground with ease so headed on down from the top as it was too cold to linger for long.

As we walked the sun came out and our route took us out of the wind making for a very warm beautiful spell down to the beallach for lunch part two. Our final climb was quite easy with fresh snow and clear skies all the way to the trig point on the summit of Sgairneach Mhor for good group photo and some last sweets that had been keeping us going all day. The light was lovely so after some photos we were on our way down to escape the cold winds and enjoy an easy walk out along the glen to finish off a classic day in the hills.

Day 2 - East of Drumochter Pass

The second day we were down to three so a much smaller group and we headed out up the eastern side of the pass on the excellent track leading up to the plateau. It was another cold day, but the winds were much lighter and we were soon loosing count of the mountain hares again as we headed out to Carn na Caim. We were walking steadily all day and made excellent time along the gentle undulations on the tops with plenty of ice to dodge and some fresh snow littered with hare tracks though there was some thin cloud hugging the plateau moving around slowly limiting some of our views.

The winds were light enough to let us stop on the summit for some food and drink before we headed back along our tracks to then head south to A'Bhuidheanach Bheag meeting some more walkers along the way. It was more like a stroll and we were talking most of the way along and even had some sunshine on our second summit to enjoy our lunch in. Before we knew it we were back on the track down to the cars still chatting away and enjoying the views towards our hills from yesterday to complete a wonderful couple of days in the Drumochter Hills showing off their best!

More photos by Steven and Richard are here on Flickr.

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