Alex and John had a plan. Having finished the Munros (3000 foot and over Scottish mountains) and moved onto collecting Corbetts (2500 foot to 3000 foot mountains) they had their collective eye on Sgurr Dhomhuill, at 2913 feet or 873 metres.
As this lay in the wilds of Ardgour, one of the emptiest and least frequented areas of Scotland (due to having zero Munros of course and sitting apart from the usual tourist trails) it required an early start.
4:30 am in my case when my alarm went off in a freezing bedroom.
I was wishing I was on the sun soaked Bonanza ranch as well by this point as the thought of getting out the car and trudging up a remote highland glen for 12 km there and back was now a somewhat unappealing prospect. Although clear starry skies had sparkled back in Glasgow it was grey, dull and claggy over the mountains. Personally, I thought it was a tad ambitious to attempt the highest mountain in Ardgour in late January with the possibility of heavy snow as these remote hills are a tough proposition in good summer conditions.Baggers are always keen and optimistic though.
As it continued to snow on and off I bailed out at this point. When it was mentioned as a trip I had a strong feeling I'd climbed this hill in the past but not making a note of my Corbett's on a saved list I couldn't remember who I did it with 20 odd years ago.
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A modern classic about a Schoolboy element hunter and his adventures. An unusual subject but written with great boy's own adventure breakneck speed and witty dialogue that deserves massive acclaim. A cracker of a page turner that most folk would love and find interesting. Spookily appropriate too given that Stronian was where this particular element in the periodic tables was discovered.
(This is a photo taken in the morning of the walk in along the minor road)
John said it was one of the hardest winter trips he's done. Alex was too knackered to say anything much.This is the prize above. A summer trip methinks to bag it now.
After a spot of snow shoveling and a turnabout with the car we decided to return home to Glasgow where the snow had been falling all day.
And I believe in this next article/statement 100 percent. We are all being conned and taken for a ride like the idiots we are.When are we going to wake up?
On a happier note here's an excellent video of a tour round the Scottish Outer Isles by a German team of rock climbers hiring a sailing boat but it's as much a travel document, wildlife, and sailing trip for those not interested in climbing and well worth a watch full screen. Commentary is in English and features great camera work of amazing places. Years ago we used to do stuff like this on a tight budget ourselves, climbing sea cliff's from Skye to Cornwall in summer when work allowed, albeit at an easier grade than this.
P.S. weather as good as this is a rare occurrence in Scotland.