Me Stevie and the two dogs . Booted and suited and off by 0830 . Weather clear and a cold breeze perfect.
This was as per the wh route as done by PeteR definatley not Fife flyers way . A nice stroll up the drove road for about 20min on the right a small mound of stones marking the route up Sron Dudh was reached with a wee bit of puffing and pechting Plenty white mountain hares and grouse but nothing else .
If you are reading this and trying to work out the title well the snow which was very little much to Jakes disgust was apache here and apache there . Once we were on the broad ridge heading up to Sron nan gabher thats when the wind hit us not as bad as mwis said it would be but boy did it cut through you . On the way up to the cairn all you could do was to admire the 360 views and its not often you get them . . We got to the top at 1030hrs which shocked us both . stopped to admire the views and the customary photo shoot .
Because the weather was good we deviated from the return route and made our way down to the bothy at the head of a frozen Loch Callater then the child in me took over a decent patch of snow bum slide ! first of the year
negotiated a few frozen peat hags and made a beeline to the bridge crossing the burn . The jack russell finally realising that she cant catch hares . Got to the bothy just before 12 noon where we met the first people of the day they must have thought we were over dressed gaiters packs and the normal hill walking cobber and them just being out for a stroll . We stopped for about 30min and then made our way back along the drove road got back to the carpark at 1330hrs the obligitary can of aldis finest german pils then home .
A good day out as we left the cloud was building up and the snow was starting to fall .
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