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The round-trip of Scotland

Last weekend Colin, Sam, Ingo, Nolwenn and myself headed up to Scotland for some winter climbing/hiking fun. The plan was to camp in Glen Coe the first night and while the climbers headed up the Aonach Eagach Ridge on Saturday, Ingo and I would climb the less technical Stob Dearg (1021 m). The route up involved a scramble up the back wall of Coire na Tulaich, and when the weather cleared at the top we had fantastic views of Rannoch Moor and the surrounding peaks, even getting to see a circular rainbow. Back in the Clagaig Inn, the forecast for Sunday was looking pretty grim, so we made the impromptu decision to drive to the other side of the country in order to avoid the worst of the weather. Several hours later we found ourselves a camping spot in the well sheltered confines of a car park near the Cairngorm ski centre.

On Sunday the climbers went off once again to hack some ice, while Ingo and myself attempted to walk up Ben Macdui. The winds however were up, and at about 950 m we were forced to head back down. Instead we hiked around to visit the rock glaciers (maybe) in the Chalamain Gap. We met the others later on back in the ski centre car park and we were all soon eating at the chippy in Aviemore. Instead of camping for a third night, we headed down to Edinburgh to crash at a friend’s flat the others had met on Gambo in Greenland. An excellent weekend in all, and was fantastic to see some more of Scotland. Thankfully my little Peugeot coped with the 1000 mile round trip and five of us crammed in – it’s amazing how much kit you can fit in a 206!