This, my second walk up Criffel, was hard work. The first time was way back in 1987, I think, on a pleasant summer's day. This time round the ground was iron hard and glassy with ice. Oh dear, no crampons.
The hill was quiet apart from one old guy who casually zoomed past me.
Still to see the views properly as there was a haze and cloud on the horizon but I am sure it must be a fantastic viewpoint in the right conditions..
The early part of the route is on a good path but the open hillside and the mid part through the plantation was a nightmare on the ice. Didn't take too long though to get onto the summit ridge which is broad and leads to a nearly flat summit area.
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