The 8.30am start on Saturday slipped
considerably, but that meant that Claire W, who arrived on Sat
morning, had time for breakfast before we set off up Glen Ey
with the aim of walking along the ridge to Morrone.
The team set off up Glen Ey: Gary, Sue M,
Marj and Claire
It was hard-going in the deep, soft snow,
but the views over to the Cairngorms and up Glen Ey were
Marj coming up to the ridge in deep snow.
Claire (champion trail-breaker!) and Gary
Looking down at a large herd of deer in
Once they got up on to the ridge, the
walking was much easier, although it was also much windier.
Stop at Carn na Drochaide summit
By now the Cairngorm plateau was in cloud
and the view towards Glenshee was also shrouded.
The ridge ahead
Various options were considered to shorten
the day but it was decided to press on to Morrone. Along the
ridge the views opened up again and Lochnagar became visible.
Lochnagar seen from the ridge
Morrone was reached just before 4pm and it
was decided to make for Braemar and call for help rather than
try to complete the circuit.
Lights will guide you home
Down in Braemar there was much confusion,
as Judy kindly agreed to ferry everyone back to Muir, Ken and Anne
turned up anway realising it was late and we must be on the road
home. Garry succeeded in going to the pub but failed to get a
drink. Anway, all were very grateful for the lifts back to Muir
after a satisfying day of winter walking – and all had a good
appetite for the Burns Supper feast to come.