Minus ten at Braemar but minus three at the start of the walk. The ground was not quite as iron hard as I thought it might be and the first half of the walk was easy, even in the semi-dark. After the turn off the track got a little more icy so I slowed down a bit to avoid a mishap. No need for microspikes or crampons on the way up but I had both with me just in case.
Had a good look round the summit area although the views were mostly of grey hills struggling to shake off the equally grey cloud. Still, a different sort of a winter scene with the frost everywhere and another new hill for me.
Descended a lot more cautiously as the icy spots were working more against me.
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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.