The munro itch returned as I spotted high pressure settling in over Scotland, time to head north.
There is not a lot of light this time of year and there had been some big dumps of snow so I was looking at the more accesible hills, starting with the Crianlarich area.
It was gonna be cold, I did not fancy camping so I checked out the Youth Hostels, precictably all the hostels in that area were shut, what a waste of time.
Booking.com to the rescue, I was amazed that I got at B&B at youth hostel prices.
One June day back in 2005 I had climbed Beinn Alachdair 1038m crawling the last 50 metres on my hands and knees in a blizzard. I abandoned the plan of traversing the exposed ridge to its higher neighbour Beinn Chreachain 1081m drove south and had a BBQ that night.
Today I was going to ascend the normal descent route to Beinn Chreachain 1081m the temps were -7 at the start so everithing was iced up under deep powder snow making the ascent very difficult. I decided to take some photos with my compact, after a couple of clicks the battery died.
I flogged my way up to the summit and back in deep powder under cloudless blue skies cursing myself for leaving my compact camera overnight in the frozen car.
Back at the car I decided to drive north and take advantage of the weather to take some classic roadside photos. The final stop was in Glencoe, as I started the car a warning sign came up 'Remote imobillser battery failing'. Luckily it started so I drove straight to the auto electrics shop in Fort Bill just sneaking in as the closed sign was in hand.
Now the shops policy is not to assist fitting parts purchased so I replaced the battery and sat outside the shop in the half light with the car handbook working out how to reprogramme the immobiliser, got it third go!!!!!!
The three sisters
Stob Corrie nan Beith