Footprints Across Scotland
Why not make a few of your own!
18th November 2016
Superb winter outing on Beinn Bhreac and Beinn a' Chaorainn.
Using the bike made short work of the way up to Derry lodge before crossing the Derry burn to enjoy the tranquillity of the Derry pine woods. After re-crossing the burn further up the glen it was onto the heathery slopes heading for Craig Derry a rounded top just a little north of Beinn Bhreac. The ground was not as firm as Iíd hoped for and the sponginess made for heavy going at times especially once in the snow line. The fine weather encouraged me over to Beinn a' Chaorainn but views were restricted once at the top as the mist came and went. A fog bow focussed my attention for a while as I enjoyed a quick snack. The wind was light but had quiet a bite, encouraging me on my way. Itís a fair old tramp back across the Moine Bhealaidh (yellow moss) and quite tiring as the soft snow pulled at my boots. The light was starting to fade a I was greeted onto Beinn Bhreac by a group Ptarmigan. The frosted stones covering the top took on a lovely reddish glow as the fading sun illuminated the upper hillside. The light didnít go properly until I was back down on the forest track heading for my bike at the lodge. I crossed paths with two groups of three members of the Mountain rescue team who were heading out for a bit of navigation practice. I wished them good luck as the darkness became more complete and the mist descended once again.
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