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Climbed by year and month


You have climbed 14/221 Corbetts.

Into the mist on Beinn Airigh Charr

The Met Office mountain forecast for the north west said the mist would clear giving 80% chance of cloud free summits "early afternoon". So I hoped I'd have a nice cool walk-in and get a good view from the summit...  read more ...



Sail Mhòr from Ardessie

As it turned out, occasionally, I can read the mountain weather forecasts cross reference them with the low-level ordinary forecasts and the synoptic, and do better than the Met Office. I'd pencilled in going to The Fara at Dalwhinnie or this one. The forecasts kept changing, but the synoptic suggested high pressure stable conditions. I chose west, not south.  read more ...



Ben Vrackie

The day started early... and cold. The dash said -12c whilst heading south on the A9. Think that must be the coldest I've ever seen. At Pitlochy the road up to the car park was clear and dry with only frost around so drove up to the top car park. Again just frost and no snow. Quietly, I was glad. I could wear my bigger boots rather than heavy and stiff winter boots which I still really need to wear in a bit more. Whilst I took my lightweight ice axe I didn't take crampons.  read more ...



Schiehallion - the Fairy Hill of the Caledonians

It was ages since I walked a hill, poor weather and less than optimal energy levels gave me plenty of excuses. But I needed to change things, so... Schiehallion is rocky and not boggy at all so no issue with saturated peat bogs. As is often the way I was up earlier than the alarm and driving off into the fog. As we neared the Braes of Foss car park a break in the mist showed us a glimpse of a snow capped hill. It promised a Good Day Out.  read more ...



Sgurr a' Chaorachain - Applecross

Whilst the warm and dry weather has been nice, I've been sleeping badly and waking early unable to get back to sleep. Unsurprisingly I've been feeling tired and not fired up for a walk. Thinking about a photography trip instead I latched on to the idea of going over the Bealach na Ba to Applecross and wandering off to the easy Corbett of Sgurr a' Chaorachain.  read more ...



Beinn Iutharn Mhor

A looong walk-in to a remote hill, surrounded by peat bog, rivers on each side, very steep in places? Oh, okay then! I'd failed at this hill before. I'd marched along the track through Glen Ey into a head wind to get the long walk in done and over with. By the time I'd reached the ruins of Altanour Lodge I was spent, burst and utterly finished. So this time with a light breeze and much longer day length I took my time.  read more ...



Tolmount and Tom Buidhe

Paul dropped us off at the wee Allt a Gharbh-Choire car park just 2km north of the Glenshee ski centre with a plan to do 3 munros. Carn an Tuirc is on the way to the other 2, but Cairn of Claise was so near and since I felt pretty good with such lovely weather, I thought it would be rude not to. So we did 4 munros, 2 old and 2 new to me.  read more ...



Beinn Alligin, Tom na Gruagaich and Sgurr Mor

We started out early. I'd been awake since around 4am and dozed for an hour or so after, finally getting up around 6:30. Sunrise had taken it's time to get going but once the sun peeped above the hills the temperature lifted quickly. It was going to be a warm day. Jumping out the camper around 7:45am I soon found the midges were out and being annoying, there was little breeze in the car park to carry them away.  read more ...



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