walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Sun, Snow & Spindrift in Strathfillan

Sun, Snow & Spindrift in Strathfillan


Postby basscadet » Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:06 pm

Munros included on this walk: An Caisteal

Grahams included on this walk: Fiarach

Date walked: 31/01/2015

Time taken: 10 hours

Distance: 24 km

Ascent: 1300m

3 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

So this weekend, we decided to head over to Tyndrum, and managed to get a wee wigwam in Strathfillan. We arrived early on Friday night, enjoyed the luxury of heating for a change, and had a comfy night. :D
The Radio Scotland walkers forecast was dismal, and promised high winds. Oh well goggles at the ready.. :lol:
In the morning, we decided to go up a local graham, which meant we could leave the car, and we set off down the west highland way.


Fiarach 31-JAN-15.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts



We passed by a sign, that directed us down to the Holy Pool, where folk used to think the waters healed their mental health problems.

Image

Just a short walk further along the WHW, and we were in familiar territory - the bridge at Dalrigh .

Image

Image

We continued along the track, through attractive woodland, the sun poking its face through to illuminate random hills

Image

Image

We reached a locked gate, which was where we were heading uphill anyways. It was a tough trudge up the side of the woods, but didn't take long.

Image

Image

The wind was getting up, surprising what a difference a couple of hundred feet make :shock: So we went into the woods, to try and find some shelter for a cup of tea. Unfortunately the wind was too strong, and by the time we had stopped for a couple of minutes, we had to get going again, just to keep warm.
The going got steep for a wee while as we left the forest behind us.

Image

Image

We got up to flatter ground, but the wind had got to almost insane levels by then :lol:

Image

Luckiy it was coming from behind us, which made it just about possible to carry on.
We found some interesting tracks in the snow. Can't of been there more than a few seconds in that wind. Think it was maybe a stoat

Image

We made good progress with the wind behind us and the consolidated snow being exposed by the wind.

Image

We were soon nearing the summit, which consisted of a rocky fin. The wind was coming from our left, blowing spindrift everywhere now. Only a few more metres :lol:

Image

We reached the summit, where I actually had to kneel down to stay still. I took a couple of photos, then ran back the way we had come trying to find some shelter.

Image

Image

Unfortunately, there was none to be had, so we huddled together while we sorted out more clothing and goggles. Been a long time since I was out in anything that crazy :crazy:
We had planned a different descent route but in the chaos, it was all we could do to run back the way we had come, there was no way you could of got a map out in that..

Image

It only took half an hour to get back to the track, so we had enough time for a lazy afternoon.

Despite it snowing all night, Sundays forecast was actually pretty good, so we thought we might try a munro. I had wanted to go back to An Caisteal for a while - looked like a good ridge up from the road, and I hadn't actually been to the castle part the first time that I did this hill, as I had approached from another way and well, it doesnt look like much from the summit :D


An Casteal 01-FEB-15.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts



So we set off from the car at about 10. We got the last space in the layby, so looked like it might be busy. The car park was a sheet of ice - most dangerous part of the day, but we were on the track in no time, and up the glen to the well broken route up to the ridge.

Image

The going was arduous, not because the snow was that deep, or the hill was tht steep, but because the ground underneath was a soft as a sponge, so lots of energy was lost.

Image

Image

We made it up to harder snow, and up onto the ridge. The conditions were near perfect, with just enough breeze to keep you cool, and wall to wall sunshine.

Image

The ridge undulated a bit, and we stopped before the final climb to the summit for a cuppa. The breeze was cold, and with all the shelter drifted, there was not to be any long stops today. I put my crampons on, more out of a want not to carry them needlessly rather than for safety reasons.

Image

We got up to the rocky bit, just below the castle, where there was a wee icy manouvre to get up on top.

Image

It wasn't far to the summit from there.

Image

Image

The cloud was coming accross and the wind was biting, so we headed back.

Image

Image

Image

[url=http://s306.photobucket.com/user/SeanaCarroll/media/StrathFillan%201%202%202015/IMG_4413_zpsf8e50ad7.jpg.html Image[/url]

We stopped in the same place to finish the flask, and then had fun descending steep icy slopes back the way we had come.

Image

Another fine weekend, this has to be the best winter weather we have seen for a few years 8)
User avatar
basscadet
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 2779
Munros:84   Corbetts:52
Grahams:18   Donalds:8
Sub 2000:34   Hewitts:13
Wainwrights:17   Islands:21
Joined: Dec 1, 2011
Location: Edinburgh

Re: Sun, Snow & Spindrift in Strathfillan

Postby weaselmaster » Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:17 pm

Well done for getting out in it - you managed more than us :D
Winds were challenging!

I wonder if your tracks were otter? Saw very similar ones over at Ben Alder and reckoned that's what they were.
User avatar
weaselmaster
Hill Bagger
 
Posts: 1988
Munros:252   Corbetts:90
Grahams:83   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:383   Hewitts:31
Wainwrights:15   Islands:28
Joined: Aug 22, 2012
Location: Greenock

Re: Sun, Snow & Spindrift in Strathfillan

Postby basscadet » Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:39 am

I can see why you would think that, its a blown up photo, but they weren't big enough to be an otter - about the size of a 20p piece including the claws. :)
User avatar
basscadet
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 2779
Munros:84   Corbetts:52
Grahams:18   Donalds:8
Sub 2000:34   Hewitts:13
Wainwrights:17   Islands:21
Joined: Dec 1, 2011
Location: Edinburgh

Re: Sun, Snow & Spindrift in Strathfillan

Postby weaselmaster » Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:41 am

basscadet wrote:I can see why you would think that, its a blown up photo, but they weren't big enough to be an otter - about the size of a 20p piece including the claws. :)


Ah yes, knowing the scale helps!!
User avatar
weaselmaster
Hill Bagger
 
Posts: 1988
Munros:252   Corbetts:90
Grahams:83   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:383   Hewitts:31
Wainwrights:15   Islands:28
Joined: Aug 22, 2012
Location: Greenock

Re: Sun, Snow & Spindrift in Strathfillan

Postby PeteR » Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:42 pm

Some lovely photos :clap:

It's been a while now since I walked these hills. I really should revisit sometime soon
User avatar
PeteR
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 2078
Munros:282   Corbetts:159
Grahams:89   Donalds:89
Sub 2000:177   Hewitts:3
Islands:9
Joined: Jan 27, 2010
Location: North Ayrshire

Re: Sun, Snow & Spindrift in Strathfillan

Postby Fife Flyer » Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:41 pm

Nice one Seana, some cracking photo's :clap:
Agree about the conditions, energy sapping is an understatement :lol: But we just love the snow :wink:
User avatar
Fife Flyer
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 2458
Munros:251   Corbetts:50
Grahams:25   Donalds:53
Sub 2000:121   Hewitts:2
Islands:5
Joined: May 15, 2013
Location: Guess?

Re: Sun, Snow & Spindrift in Strathfillan

Postby onsen » Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:47 pm

Spectacular couple of days.....scenic & weather wise. :wink:
User avatar
onsen
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 283
Joined: Oct 10, 2012
Location: The Great Southern Land, Australia

Re: Sun, Snow & Spindrift in Strathfillan

Postby Graeme D » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:35 pm

Looks like you had two nice days - and one of them on my favourite Graham! :D
User avatar
Graeme D
 
Posts: 3705
Munros:230   Corbetts:114
Grahams:67   Donalds:22
Sub 2000:57   Hewitts:36
Wainwrights:27   Islands:6
Joined: Oct 17, 2008
Location: Perth

Re: Sun, Snow & Spindrift in Strathfillan

Postby Collaciotach » Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:24 pm

Good photos and some wind right enough !

Well done :clap: :clap: :clap:
User avatar
Collaciotach
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 1824
Munros:282   Corbetts:178
Grahams:33   Donalds:3
Sub 2000:23   
Islands:28
Joined: Aug 8, 2011
Location: Gaidhealtachd an Iar

Re: Sun, Snow & Spindrift in Strathfillan

Postby Alteknacker » Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:54 pm

Great report, great pics. :clap: :clap: :clap: Beautiful place.

I hope to be up there next week from the deep South (I'm a wimp..)
User avatar
Alteknacker
Scrambler
 
Posts: 3319
Munros:176   Corbetts:32
Grahams:1   
Hewitts:254
Wainwrights:109   
Joined: May 25, 2013
Location: Effete South (of WIgan, anyway)

Re: Sun, Snow & Spindrift in Strathfillan

Postby Scotjamie » Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:17 pm

Bravely done Seana...and Dougie. (am sure I remember a couple of dodgy snow filled 'holes'/'gullies' on Twistin Hill when we did it in a springtime many, many years ago).
Getting soft with the wigwam after your many camping exploits?

Great report and pics.
User avatar
Scotjamie
Wanderer
 
Posts: 1168
Munros:148   
Joined: Jul 27, 2009
Location: north berwick

Re: Sun, Snow & Spindrift in Strathfillan

Postby kevsbald » Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:47 pm

Uber-keen. :clap:
User avatar
kevsbald
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 2188
Munros:267   Corbetts:125
Grahams:79   Donalds:52
Sub 2000:14   Hewitts:9
Wainwrights:15   
Joined: Jan 15, 2009
Location: Glasgow

Re: Sun, Snow & Spindrift in Strathfillan

Postby basscadet » Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:38 am

Thanks for you're kind comments. Got a new camera from santa, so you no longer have to endure white blobs on my photos from my scratched lens :lol:
We seem to spend a lot of time in that area for some reason. My dad hasnie done 'em, so I'll definately be back at some point with him!
Somehow always seem to come back from that neck of the woods with the achiest thighs ever... :D
User avatar
basscadet
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 2779
Munros:84   Corbetts:52
Grahams:18   Donalds:8
Sub 2000:34   Hewitts:13
Wainwrights:17   Islands:21
Joined: Dec 1, 2011
Location: Edinburgh

Re: Sun, Snow & Spindrift in Strathfillan

Postby Graeme D » Thu Feb 05, 2015 4:58 pm

basscadet wrote: Somehow always seem to come back from that neck of the woods with the achiest thighs ever... :D


Bit too much information???? :shock: :shock: :shock:
User avatar
Graeme D
 
Posts: 3705
Munros:230   Corbetts:114
Grahams:67   Donalds:22
Sub 2000:57   Hewitts:36
Wainwrights:27   Islands:6
Joined: Oct 17, 2008
Location: Perth

Re: Sun, Snow & Spindrift in Strathfillan

Postby kevsbald » Thu Feb 05, 2015 5:14 pm

Unusual technique? New boots? :crazy:
User avatar
kevsbald
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 2188
Munros:267   Corbetts:125
Grahams:79   Donalds:52
Sub 2000:14   Hewitts:9
Wainwrights:15   
Joined: Jan 15, 2009
Location: Glasgow

3 people think this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

Next



Walkhighlands community forum is advert free


Your generosity keeps this site running.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by donating by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: andypandy1961, John Sinclair, sultan, Xavi Coll and 95 guests