December in Scotland?? @ 3983 feet ??

Route: Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas

Munros: Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers

Date walked: 17/12/2021

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 11km

Wanted to try a Munro in the snow but what I got today was the most unbelievable weather for climbing Munro’s in December. It was 8 degrees at the summit’s and a beautifully clear day.
I started at the Ben Lawers car park and had hardly made it any distance when I had to shed my fleece before I could continue, it was so mild.
The walk up Beinn Ghlas is well defined and the views back down towards Loch Tay start to open up early in the walk. It’s a steep wee climb once you are on the hill proper and there was precious little snow to be seen at first. You still have to tread carefully though as the path tends to sit in a dip, with a mini verge on either side, which means that some of the rocks/steps are constantly in the shade, meaning they were pretty icy at bits.
Further up there was a bit more snow, not enough for me to have claimed to have done a Munro in the snow, but enough at bits to make it interesting. As I approached the largest stretch of snow, I noticed 2 figures high above me approaching it from the top. All of a sudden I heard one of the two girls shouting out a name frantically….I looked up thinking that someone had fallen just in time to see their little black dog sliding uncontrollably on its back down the slope. It came to a bit grass and righted itself with no harm done, but I think the owner got a bit of a fright….the dog however didn’t seem up nor down after its little slide.
Once you reach the summit, you get your first good look at Ben Lawers….it’s a nice wide ridge that leads towards it, but it drops more than it initially looks like it does before you can again, start the upward journey towards the Lawers summit.
This is a steep but relatively short climb to the top, and once there, you are spoiled by the views, especially on a day like today with a nice inversion adding to the spectacle.
After refuelling with a sandwich and fruit, I headed back down towards the ridge, where you fork off to the right, and head down the north side of Beinn Ghlas, on a path that bypasses the need to reclimb it’s summit again.
This is a generally good, fast path down, but can be muddy at bits and because it sits in the shade for quite a bit of the day, there was patches of deeper snow here….not that it’s depth was always apparent. Several times I’d be walking, sinking no more than an inch into the snow when out of the blue, one leg would find a soft bit and you’d plunge thigh-deep and have to try and remove said leg, with all the grace of Bambi on ice 😂.
I don’t know if it was because I felt I got 2 for the price of 1, or because of the weather, or a bit of both, but this was my favourite Munro outing to date, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone….

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Mountain: Schiehallion
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Munros: 7
Sub 2000: 3
Islands: 3

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