Pamela and I were out for a dander on the south side of Glen Lyon yesterday. We headed up Beinn nan Oighreag from the east crossing the north ridge of Beinn nan Eachan and the Lairig Breisleich, which wasn’t as bad a “villainous bog” as advertised. This route kept us out of the worst of the wind until the summit ridge of Beinn nan Oighreag. We then descended its north-east ridge and made a couple of stream crossings to regain the road. It’s worth noting there is now a bridge just below the junction of the Allt Baile a’Mhuilinn and the Allt Breisleich.
It was above freezing all day with rain showers in the morning and gusts of 50mph+ on the summit. There were snow patches above 850m, particularly on north-east aspects, and some remaining ice patches above about 800m.
Today I was out with a Falkirk High Tops Team of Craig, Alan, Billy, Colin,Craig, Edith, Lorn, Ros, Sue, Willie and Vic on Stuchd an Lochain. The drive down Glen Lyon and up to the Loch an Daimh damn required care due to hard packed snow and black ice in places. There were patches of soft old snow from road level and this increased to almost full cover with height and firmed up to the point where kicking steps was quite hard work. There was icing on paths from road level and the turf was firm above about 700m.
Careful route choice meant we didn’t need to put crampons on, but axes were required.
Some very light snow flurries during the day on a strong West then North-West wind. Cloud on and off with some patches of sunshine. Freezing level was around 700m.