Walking from lay by at start of right of way through Glen Ample. Lovely in the sun and the shelter.
Ardnandave and Loch Lubnaig by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
The path through the trees is now cut by a new access track to a new hydro source, but he route is straight across and ever upwards. Once climbing up the hill it became much colder in the wind. There was even a flurry of snow near the top as all the hills disappeared into cloud.
Beinn Each with Stuc a'Chroin in cloud by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
I ate my lunch here and waited for it to clear a bit.
Ben Ledi comes out of the cloud by Joe Kincaid, on Flickr
It did eventually, but not before I got a dead finger, my hands were telling me time to go, so I headed back down fast.
So the first snow, first dead finger and first time four layers of clothing, guess it really is winter.
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