Geal Charn was on the unfinished business list for us as we had failed to do it with Creag Pitridh last December and we thought we might make it a double with Beinn a' Chlachair, but after sleeping in and making a late start we thought tackling the two mountains was pushing our luck.
Although the human factor was lacking in drive, the weather, mountains and snow were all in fine form.
We started walking at 10:10 and by 11:00 we reached beautiful Lochan Na-H Earba. This beautiful Lochan is worth walking to even if you go no further, although there was a lot less water about then when we came this way in December after the torrential rain.
The snow line was at 500m where the path crosses Allt Corrie Pitridh. The track made for quite easy walking even under the snow (not sure what it would be like if it wasn't frozen) and the looking back there were snow covered mountains stretching in all directions. The snow formations in Allt Corrie Pitridh were impressive.
A guy who had biked up to the end of the track overtook us, kindly creating tracks in the snow and the blue sky just kept beckoning us forward. We cut off left before we reached the end of the track to follow the broad ridge up towards Geal Charn. A bit of a lumpy walk with patches of slightly deeper wet snow but no deep drifts (I was thankful for this as our trail breaker had taken a different line). The snow soon became firm enough for crampons to be useful. The OH was still recovering from a nasty bug but progressing manfully upwards when we were overtaken by a couple of guys on holiday from Glouceter who were impressed by the weather this week.
Such a beautiful day we had to drag ourselves away from the summit at 15:00, but it was an easy and enjoyable descent. The sun setting over Beinn Chlachair as a reminder that we need to come back.
18:30 and back to the car after another day spent basking in the winter sun.
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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.