Archive for December, 2009

Christmas Day

Posted in Cobbler with tags , , on December 26, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

As usual on Christmas Day I popped over to see the kids open their Christmas presents first thing this morning. Then I decided to head for the hills! I’d thought about the Luss Hills but as I drove towards them there didn’t seem to be that much snow on them so decided to carry on for an extra few miles to Arrochar to do the Cobbler.

Set off from the car park at 12.15 after meeting this cheeky robin…

Cheeky Robin!

Cheeky Robin!

Got some excellent views over to Ben Lomond…

Looking back to Ben Lomond

Looking back to Ben Lomond

The path was quite icy but eventually got on to the flat bit and a view of the Cobbler…

The Cobbler

The Cobbler

Also tried out my Kahtoola Microspikes on the way down. Absolutely brilliant! Not a replacement for “proper” crampons but really useful for those icy paths you so often get at this time of the year.

Kahtoola Microspikes

Kahtoola Microspikes

Hope everyone is having a good break…heading south to God’s Own County tomorrow with the Tiger Cub to watch the mighty Tigers against Man United…couldn’t get tickets for any games last season but finally managed to get tickets this year…after all those years watching them struggling in the 70s and 80s this will make up for it!

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“Ayrshire Tiger I Presume…”

Posted in Glencoe, Munros, Snow with tags , , , on December 15, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Well what a fantastic weekend! As promised the weather was superb and we finished up having three consecutive dry days on the hills! On Friday we had a relatively easy day doing the Pap of Glencoe…

Pap of Glencoe

Pap of Glencoe

View towards Kinlochleven and Saturday's hill Na Gruagaichean

View towards Kinlochleven and Saturday's hill Na Gruagaichean

Iain and Kirsten joined us on Friday and after a good evening in the newly refurbished Glencoe Hotel Saturday saw us heading for the Mamores to do Na Gruagaichean. At one point the clouds started rolling in particularly over Buachaille Etive Mor to the south…

Clouds over Buachaille Etive Mor

Clouds over Buachaille Etive Mor

However the clouds cleared by the time we got to the summit. Words cannot really describe the scene…

Looking south to Glencoe

Looking south to Glencoe

Looking towards Ben Nevis

Looking towards Ben Nevis

Looking towards Na Gruagaichean's north top and Ben Nevis

Looking towards Na Gruagaichean's north top and Ben Nevis

Silhouettes on Na Gruagaichean

Silhouettes on Na Gruagaichean

Near the summit we met a group of three folk coming down and as they passed one of them paused and asked if I was Ayrshire Tiger. Now I’ve joked for a while that one day this would happen but I was still somewhat surprised – it turned to be a chap Peter who had come along to an OM meet a couple of years ago at Killin – all I can say is that he has a better memory than I do!

We had originally planned to go on and do Binnein Mor but as we had spent so long on the summit of Na Gruagaichean we decided to be sensible and retrace our route. A spectacular day was completed with a brocken spectre…

Brocken Spectre

Brocken Spectre

and an interesting descent in the dark…

Sunset over Loch Leven

Sunset over Loch Leven

Sunset over Loch Leven

Sunset over Loch Leven

So onto Sunday and yet another dry day and a wander up Stob Coire Raineach on Buachaille Etive Beag. We did the whole ridge back in the summer at which point the National Trust for Scotland were carrying out footpath work. Great views again including this one of yesterday’s hill…

View towards Na Gruagaichean

View towards Na Gruagaichean

Another interesting descent as the path was very icy in places meaning we tended to by-pass it and use the grassy slopes instead culminating in a spectacular triple somersault by yours truly! At least it proved that old saying about cats always landing on their feet, well almost!

As ever we finished the weekend at the Real Food Cafe where we met up with ptc and Sandy who had been wild camping in the Grey Corries and Beinn a Creachain respectively.

At last, the weather gods deliver…

Posted in Weather with tags on December 9, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

It’s been a long time coming but finally the weather gods have got their act together and are going to deliver a fantastic weekend of high pressure just in time for a weekend in Glencoe…

MWIS
Met Office
snowforecast.com
(note: the above links are “live” links so will change over time!)

They can’t all be wrong, can they?!