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A snowy day on the Luss Hills

Posted in Snow, Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 7, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

Well Monday was the last day of the holidays so before returning to work we decided to have another day on the hills.  Ben Lomond was considered but we weren’t sure what the road to Rowardennan would be like.  So we decided to play safe and stick to the main roads and head for Luss  to do Beinn Dubh and Mid Hill.

It didn’t look to promising first thing but we were soon above the cloud that was shrouding Loch Lomond.

Looking down on clouds above Ben Lomond

Looking down on clouds above Ben Lomond

Eventually we got great views of the Arrochar Alps, particularly the Cobbler where I’d been on Christmas Day.

View over to the Arrochar Alps

View over to the Arrochar Alps

Quite a steep descent and another good test of the Kahtoola Mocrospikes especially on this mini ice rink…

Luss Ice Rink!

Luss Ice Rink!

Finished up getting back to Luss for a shot of Ben Lomond from the pier.  Hmm, the sign says no swimming eh!  Now that would be a brave man!

Ben Lomond from Luss

Ben Lomond from Luss

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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!