On Sunday 17th March only six members
made the 6.30am start to Comrie and Glen Lednock for an attempt
on Ben Chonzie. Garry (aka Emerson Fittipaldi) was at the wheel
of the minibus was parked up and the group on the hill by 9.30am,
Sue organised the meet.
At Coishavachan they met the farmer and his
dogs … “none managed the hill yesterday”, he said… and today’s
forecast wasn’t much better! Coishavachan is a sheep farm though
they also have chickens and ducks.
Heading for the hill beyond Coishavachan
Alec and Garry with Glen Lednock beyond
The weather closed in shortly after setting
out (today’s forecast suggested a less than 10% chance of cloud
free Munros) and above 750mts they entered whiteout conditions.
The wind on top was stronger than forecast and combined with frequent snow showers, and spindrift, it meant the hill was
hard won by the four who used a line of fenceposts as a handrail to
gain the summit.
On the hill
Winter is hanging on in here
Always a Little Further ......
Whiteout conditions just shy of the ridge
Gordon left the main group on the ridge and
vanished into the “white-hell” for “Glen Turret”. After a little
casting around the remaining group found their handrail and
followed the dog-leg of old iron fence posts to an ice battered
summit. The rime ice build-up on the fence posts not hidden
under the snow drifts was well worth seeing and when there were
no posts the situation was completely disorientating for the
point man navigating!
Rime Ice on fencepost
Ben Chonzie… at last (it was very, very,
cold on top)
Garry and Alex
Viktor and Alex (temp around -12c)
There’s always time for a cuppa though …..
They reversed their outwards route on the
return to Coishavachan where they found free range eggs on sale
and met Alec at The Royal Hotel in Comrie where they had a drink
and watched the League Cup Final on the telly before picking up
Gordon on the road to Crieff. Another light ale and a white
pudding supper in Crieff rounded off a very satisfactory day for
those not tasked with driving. As there was plenty of room on
the minibus it was an enjoyable trip back to Aberdeen.