Boxing Day Beinn a Ghlo. December 2014

Date: Friday 26th December 2014
Distance: 16km
Ascent: 1020m

Boxing Day and although the forecast was not quite the mouth-watering quality of the 25th it still looked good.

An icy drive up to Monzie and then set off up the trade route up Carn Liath. A thin layer of snow only so no need for ice axes or other gear through the day.

Started a wee bit before dawn – sunrise was occluded by cloud.

The light was building as we ascended Carn Liath.

H on Carn Liath ascent

Views build to the south.

Schiehallion and the Lawers group:

Ben Vrackie from Carn Liath:

Up to Carn Liath without incident.

Carn Liath summit:

K on Carn Liath summit:

Braigh Coire Chruinn-Bhalgain and Carn nan Ghabhar from Carn Liath:

Headed off to Braigh Coire Chruinn-Bhalgain – followed the snaking arm of Carn Liath with the best sun of the day.

K descending from Carn Liath:

Some nice snow shapes – this odd little curl of snow was the best.

Odd little snow curl:

From the bealach started up the 300m ascent of Braigh Coire Chruinn-Bhalgain – the views back to Carn Liath are the best of the group for me.

Carn Liath from Braigh Coire Chruinn-Bhalgain:

Fife and Angus were under a fog inversion.

Sidlaw Hills above inversion:

To the north the ‘Gorms were looking a bit gloomy.

Ben Macdui:

The expanse to the west is rather lacking in feature from here.

Across Carn na Chlamain to Drumochter:

We headed off the SW arm of Braigh Coire Chruinn-Bhalgain – an easy amble before 1km of heather bashing to Creag-choinnich Lodge and the track back to Monzie.

Descent arm of Braigh Coire Chruinn-Bhalgain:

Creag-choinnich Lodge:

From here a quick transit back to the car – with a number of black grouse seen at Monzie.


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