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Glas-allt-shiel bothy, Lochnagar

posted 19 Sep 2013, 18:35 by Allan McCulloch
16-18 August 2013 

We all know how unreliable the mountain forecasts can be in Scotland. However our plan for a bothy in the far NW seemed sure to see a bunch of wet walkers shivering round a damp bothy fire, trapped by raging rivers and 80mph winds. Undeterred a bunch of us set off for a bothy a shorter drive away and were pleasantly surprised by the warm, calm and clear evening walk-in. Luckily, apart from just one dead guy, we had the bothy to ourselves. The next morning started reasonably but soon turned very bad with strong winds driving rain through every stitch of clothing until we were completely soaked. A lack of visibility meant our goal changed from summit to plane wreck. We were all happy to achieve our goal even though it was sobering to think that the crash could have occurred in similar weather. Back in the bothy we got the stove going to dry out but the darkness in the main room made it feel like winter and drove us upstairs for games and wine. After drying out we left for our second walk of the day in completely different conditions with sun and wonderful visibility. That evening the stove really roared. On Sunday we were inspired to complete the round of 5 Munros or explore the Dubh Loch crags and Broad Cairn. We still felt like windsocks in the breeze but had a great day with good views. So never let a forecast stop you from venturing out ;-)

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