Sorry about the no show yesterday for GM/SS-215 & 268 but the snow had it in for me.
Having had a predominately easterly wind for weeks bringing copious amounts of snow to eastern and central Scotland and with reports from the west wondering what all the fuss was about I thought I’d take my chance - specifically with a pressure ridge building quietening the wx down. So off I toddled down to FURNACE on the shores of Loch Fyne.
Heading over the REST & BE THANKFUL the level of a snow was looking worrying. And sure enough on arrival the summits looked dazzling in a fresh mantle.
Shouldn’t be that difficult I thought - fairly fresh and not too deep? So kitted up, off I headed for a long planned access to SS-215. Initially making good progress, attaining height, that easterly wind had done a good job of producing never ending successions of soft snow ridges which in turn had changed my gentle approach into a series of ‘louping’ (a good descriptive Scottish word - HERE) moves which in turn saw me up to waist at times wallowing! Emm this is getting serious? Time to retreat. The snow was just too soft without any time for consolidation.
If I’d had my snow shoes (long time since I’d used them - 2010), then maybe I would have made better progress?
Sad to turn around on what was a lovely day but I enjoyed the drive back home when I reverted to tourist mode and had a leisurely drive via Inverary, Dalmally, Crainlarich & Callendar - avoiding the ‘Grand Canyon’ potholes (shame on Scotland).
Till the next attempt?
PS: To rub it in! It has been so dry on some of the Scottish islands - RUM had a serious grass fire.