Date: 22nd November 2008
Forecast looked very encouraging – winds slowing 30mph down to 10mph, 80% cloud free munros and lots of sunshine. Time to open the “For a Good Day Only” list – fancied the Dalmally Horseshoe including the Corbett Beinn a Bhuiridh.
Left Killin at 0600 – no stars and snowing a bit but every confidence in the various forecasting bods that the skies would clear.
Parked up at NN 132 284, a layby opposite the gate. Dark and chilly!
Headtorched up the track, and through the next gate then fairly quickly struck uphill. Enough light by this point to make out route decisions. The nose has a few craggy bits but it was easy enough to pick a route up.
At this point I was muttering about perfidious meteorology. It was clear that it was not clear – very overcast indeed. My plan for a beautiful sunrise to the SE and alpenglow over on Stob Diamh was a goner.
From there a very easy walk up over Stob Garbh to Stob Diamh, other than the irritation of water tube freezing and pushing off the bite valve somewhere (lucky we carry a spare).
Stob Diamh is a nice viewpoint – not quite as good as Cruachan but still fairly interesting.
A bit narked by the gloomy light – I’d kept this back for a corker. A good high level walk, high level horseshoes are a personal favourite. Cruachan is a gem.