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Glen Lyon

28-29 December 2016
A couple of days hiking up some Munros in the Glen Lyon area. Al Ewen was leading, here's tale of the days ...

Descending into Glen Lyon The weather over the Christmas period has been very changable. Christmas eve snowy and cold, Christmas day was so warm it stripped most of the snow away and boxing day was cold again with high winds and blizzards! When we gathered at Invervar in Glen Lyon on Wednesday it had turned mild again. Our plan was to do the Glen Lyon circuit of four munros (Carn Gorm, Meall Garbh, Carn Mairg and Creag Mhor) and then on Thursday do Stuchd an Lochain and Meall Buidhe.

Shaking off the inertia of Christmas, me and my group of four headed up into the hill and a brisk pace. We quickly entered the hill fog that characterises mild winter conditions. Visibility was down to 50m or so and stayed like that all day, until we descended the hill at 3pmish. It was breezy too and with it being about 1c and quite humid the windchill was close to -10c.....funny what we call mild in Scotland! Upon reaching Carn Gorm most of the hard work of the day was done and we made good progress on our round of munros, never dropping below 850m.

On Craig Mairg we saw a mountain hare that that sat motionless 10m ahead of us, convined I think that he couldn't be seen. He was still quite blue in colour. Descending the steep easterly slopes of Carn Mairg was the most technical part of the day: ice axes out and we carefully downclimbed the snow slopes to the col below, kicking steps as we went.

A quick descent and reassent brought us to our last munro, Creag Mhor or Meall na Aighean. On desceding the long westerly ridge to Invervar we came out of the cloud and got the first good view of the day, as the sun was setting.

Heading up Stuchd an Lochan On Thursday the weather was much the same, albiet a little warmer, a little windier and a few more breaks in the cloud. Joined by Steven for the day, we did Stuchd and Lochain and Meall Buidhe starting from Goirra Dam. Stuchd an Lochain was first - no views as we were in mist from 800m and ice-axes needed for the last bit of ascent up Creag an Fheadain (and again on the return). The best part of the day were the views from Meall Buidhe (yellow hill in Gaelic). The cloud cleared a bit and we could see Shiehallion to the east, Loch Ericht to the north and Meall a Bhuiridh to the west, across Rannoch Moor. Very little snow was left on the hills apart from north and east facing slopes where storm Barbara and Connor had blown the snow over the preceeding days.

The mild spell is to contine a little longer but in early Jan the snow is forecast to return.

More photos by Al and Steven are here on Flickr.

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