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Snow, sun & inversion - the beauty of Schiehallion
by Petr Dakota » Tue Feb 09, 2016 2:29 am
Route description: Schiehallion
Munros included on this walk: Schiehallion
Date walked: 08/02/2016
Time taken: 3.51 hours
Distance: 10.17 km
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Finally my day off !!! Despite my busy schedule on monday, I wanted refresh myself by walk in the mountains again as it was over three weeks since my last mountains adventure. The weather forecast was promising for some areas in Scotland , but because of my limited time I was thinking about something nearby and quicker...Schiehallion chosen !
Leaving home in the rain I was hoping that the forecast is right about Schiehallion, but some doubts made me think about plan B and C also ( plan B and plan C prepared the night before like usual )
I started my trip not very early so I was worried and wondering if there will be a free space in the car park, as I expected more walkers in the mountains after too many rainy-windy days...
The weather was improving during the way and surprisingly there was not any car at the car park
I paid the parking fee £2 per day ( ticket expires at midnight ), prepared all my stuff and started the walk looking forward to enjoy the mountain in clear snow with a hope of clear views
The ground was still wet after all the rainy days and melted snow, but the path is really good in any conditions...no wind at the bottom, no rain, blue sky behind some clouds and good visibility made the start optimistic...the top of the mountain was hidden in the clouds sometimes, but changes many times...big wish I will get there in the right time for some views around...
I missed my 3.5 years old daughter Cheyenne in this trip as she was there with me in december 2015 when we turned back because of strong cold wind when I did not want risk her health...Memories on the way, she was in my thoughts and I was thinking how she would enjoy the trip today.......
A little snow from first ascent, then more and more snow in the higher level. Clouds still moving, but the sunshine started dominate on the sky I followed the path until the path disappeared under the snow, no footprints ahead and misty in some places when ascending...then clear sky and great visibility again in the higher level and beautiful inversion around
Shortly before the final ascent poor visibility again, but fortunately not for long. Some deep snow on the slopes, but boulders and ice on the plateau, windy on the top. There are more places with a low shelter on the way.
I reached the summit and spent some time there, enjoying the inversion views Especially the South was beautiful with the sun, clear blue sky and clear white clouds. Darker and heavy clouds on the North.
I met a walker with his dog, still in higher level on my walk down , the visibility was not the best at the time...then I met another walker at the bottom - near the car park...he just started his walk. It was also a WH member hopper68 and he recognised me by this website It was nice to meet you and hope you both got some views from the top as it was mostly misty there when I was looking back from the bottom
From the car park I decided to go via Loch Rannoch on my way home and try get the typical shot of Schiehallion from a distance, but unfortunately the top of the mountains was still in the clag all the time. A little disappointed that I was not able to get the shot where the conical shape of the mountain is visible, but I know that I can't have everything that day and overall very happy for all the inversion and clear views with the right timing...so rare but more appreciated by the way
Here is the photostory:
Here is my one and only company on the hill ( below ) "he is not going with me often as he is able walking in sunshine only...rare case !!! "
The report continues in the post - comment below
by Petr Dakota » Tue Feb 09, 2016 2:30 am
- The final top ahead...
- Looking back
- Looking South
- ...and back again
- Near the summit
- Summit shot no.1 ( thanks self timer )
- Summit shot no.2
- Summit shot no.3
- The clag is coming
- More heavy clouds
- The visibility changes now...
- ...but it's clear again shortly after
- ...and misty again for a change
- The wind is working harder on the top and over the slopes
- Towards East-South-East
- Great snow conditions on the descend
- Looking back again...bye bye Schiehallion
- The snow disappear in the bottom...Loch Tummel in the background
- Looking bak again from the path
- approaching the car park
- Tried to catch the the typical shot of Schiehallion from the distance - attempt no.1
- ...attempt no.2.......
- ...and attempt no.3
by jamesb63 » Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:25 am
and some beautiful photos of your walk
I done this last April on a lovely clear day and the views were
some of the best I have seen
by martin.h » Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:39 am
by jacob » Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:34 pm
by donnycoll » Tue Feb 09, 2016 1:22 pm
by rockhopper » Tue Feb 09, 2016 2:34 pm
sun, snow, blue sky, fog bow and inversion all in one day - haven't been many like of late - cheers
by spiderwebb » Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:15 pm
by Jaxter » Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:27 pm
Great photos and a great day. Confirms my decision to leave Schiehallion last.
Here's hoping for a day like this on Sunday....
by ancancha » Tue Feb 09, 2016 11:39 pm
A crisp clear day for some great inversion photos
Schiehallion summit is an interesting place, must have been a fabulous day for you
by hopper68 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:15 am
by IndoorMunroist » Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:35 am
by Petr Dakota » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:41 pm
I was really lucky with the timing and all the views...grateful for the refreshment
Trusting the forecast despite the rain in the morning...
the weather was getting better as I got closer:
The Fog Bow on Schiehallion:
...and Brocken Spectre - not the best shot as it disappeared quickly
by dogplodder » Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:26 pm
by Happyfeet » Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:14 am
Love your sunshine companion, guess he dont get out much
And what a photo in Trail !! Again
Hope you have send a copy to your brother.