Sunday on Stob Coir’an Albannaich was enough to make me stop winter activity in the highlands. A 10 degree temperature inversion, ran and strong head winds meant hard work to no climbs and no views. Where as today will be one I will rememberfor all the right reasons. For a start Daves hill challanges got me to visit Lochnagar using ways I have never done before. Hard snow made walking easy and I have never seen and heard so many birds on a day in the hills.The hares seemed happy to have me as company and virtually no pathways in the snow.
Caisteal na Caillich provides a varied view of the cliff, and I was surprised by the weather station just beyond Lochnagar, as in the loch, not the cliff. Tiredness nearly had me heading down but the ticker one and Central Buttress (II) was a pleasure with a tricky step near the top to get the adrenilin running. The Stuic was a pleasant stroll westwards to fine views. The return shortly joined the tracks which led to the Falls of Glassalt and the path down in evening sunshine. Thouroughly recommended as a day out.