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Report on An Caisteal
13 December 2009   (2669 views)

Today's Craggy Crew :-

Irene, Robin, Michael, Gavin and Malcolm.

We left a very foggy Ayrshire and when we reached the banks of Loch Lomond the fog was started to lift.

Robin, Michael and I arrived at the layby on the A82 just south of Crianlarich at 10am. It was absolutely freezing outside so we waiting in the car for Gavin and Malcolm to arrive. Reluctantly we got out and got ready for the day ahead.

We crossed the field which is normally one almighty bog but today most of it was frozen with a couple of place where we had to 'think light'.

We headed under the railway bridge and along the track until we saw a faint track leading towards Sron Gharbh. As we headed uphill the temperature began to rise. The views were stunning with all the mountains having a dusting of snow. The fog was still lingering on Loch Lomond and Loch Long but everywhere else was in winter sun.

Higher up we reached the patches of snow were tricky negotiating. They were frozen in places with footholds like a ladder. Eventually Gavin and I decided to put on our crampons and made a quick dash to the summit. We past 2 girls on their way down who were having difficulty decending and didn't look too pleased seeing us making it look very easy.

On the summit we must have stayed there for 30 minutes being enthralled by the views. It wasn't too cold for a change so we were able to have our lunch without being rushed to keep warm.

We decided all to don our crampons and bypass most of Twisting Hill and walk with ease over the frozen snow. By the time we were nearly down we viewed a lovely red sunset which isn't just a delight for shepherds.

One of the best walks of the year for views. You don't get days like this very often.

Irene Cahill

Irene and Malcolm
An Caisteal from the carpark
Looking back
Michael the photographer
Malcolm having a coffee break
Gavin and Robin
Malcolm through the crags
What a view!
Summit photo

Photos: Irene Cahill

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