Hey Folks, I always think that its good to mix things up every now and then, so this week, instead of the usual recipe on a Thursday today I’m bringing you some of the stunning views that Liam and I were lucky enough to see when we climbed the two Scottish Munros (mountains in Scotland which have a height over 3,000 ft / 914.4 m), Driesh and Mayar on Saturday 21st February.
I was so happy that the weather was so good (albeit very cold) as it was Liam’s first Munro climb and generally when people go out on their first adventures into the Scottish mountains, if the weathers been good the first time, they’ll always remember that time and do more in the future, despite all the bad weather they’ll face on future climbs.
So anyway, I hope you enjoy the below. 🙂
We started our day leaving Dundee just after 7am. I’m extremely grateful to Liam in finding a coffee shop soon after as I hadn’t had any since getting up that morning!
On arrival at the car park, situated at the head of Glen Clova, we started at about 8.30am walking on forest paths to get to Corrie Fee (above) which is a truly dramatic massive bowl scooped out by a glacier, it’s a National Nature Reserve and this is where we start our climb.
Looking back to the tree line, where we started, you can see the path just coming in on the right. The ice is up to an inch thick on it so it pays to be extremely careful.
At this point, we’ve climbed about ¾ of the way up to the plateau now, it’s a pretty steep climb. In some parts there is no recognisable path.
The sun is so bright and I think it was actually at this point Liam and I realised we should have brought our sunglasses or at least ski masks. Looking at the snow too long could result in snow blindness! 😎
That is usually a pretty raging waterfall, but it’s reduced to only a slight run, where it’s not completely frozen up.
The view back is absolutely stunning and completely breath taking despite the bitter cold.
At this point we’ve reached the plateau and we now begin our climb to the summit of our first Munro, Mayar.
I thought I’d chance taking a photograph of the sun coming over Mayar. I made sure I wasn’t looking through the view finder. I needed my eyesight to get me back down! ❗
Once you’ve reached the plateau there is a gentler slope to climb to Mayar, and looking North West you can see all the way over to another Munro, Lochnagar which is near the Queens Highland home of Balmoral Castle.
Liam stands on top of his first Munro, Mayar which is 928m. It was at this point he realised it was a mistake to take off his gloves! It took a good while before he was able to feel he had hands again! But I’m pretty sure that Scotch egg was worth it. I wouldn’t know I never got any. 😛
Here you can see the summit of Mayar in the background as we begin our climb to Driesh. However, it’s not all uphill as we need to go back down to the bealach at the head of Corrie Kilbo and climb up to the summit.
That diagonal line that you can see in the picture above is the path leading downwards from the bealach at the head of Corrie Kilbo, seen as we look over our shoulders climbing to the summit of Driesh.
Liam shows off his guitar skills with my ice axe…………… 😆
Finally we reach the summit of Driesh, 947m, at about 1pm, which is pretty much on time. I always like to summit around lunch time so that we’ve plenty of winter daylight to see us back down. This is certainly no place for a lunch stop though. The temperature is about -9 degrees C. The wind chill factor making it minus double digits degrees C!
The summit of Driesh can be seen in the far distance as we’ve made our way back down to start our descent on the path downwards from the bealach at the head of Corrie Kilbo.
It’s descending on this path that we actually meet some of our worst conditions of the day. Icy deep snow at some points on 45 degree slopes leading to a steep drop to the glen below. It’s a very carefully picked descent taken using an ice axe and making a solid footing before proceeding.
Eventually we were glad to be at the bottom, that last part was fairly exhausting. Then a meandering walk down through the trees of a forestry plantation to the car park, where we arrived back at 3pm. Not bad timing at all.
Hope you enjoyed the photographs as much as we had such an amazing day.
We have begun talking about a possible ascent of Ben Nevis for summertime this year. Maybe even camping in Glen Nevis (woohoo wine and tents involved) and taking the ladies with us! Watch this space for that possible weekend away and more such antics in the hills and mountains of Scotland.
Finally with today being Thursday I like to link up with Amanda at Running with Spoons to share with you what’s going on over there!
See you Sunday for what’s not cooking.
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