Why do I do this?

Sunday 25 Feb 2018 - morning alarm at 2.30am, left house at 3am, arrived in Glencoe at 4.50am. It was a cool minus 5 in the Glen. Gear on, camera kit in rucksack and off up Buachaille Etive Beag (BEB) in the dark to capture the dawn over the mountains. One of the problems of climbing in the dark is that you can easily miss the trail. The trail up BEB runs along the path over the Lairig Eilde pass between BEB and Bidean nam Bian for the first half mile, then splits. There is no cairn to mark the split, just a rough easily missed (in the dark) path veering to the left. Having done it a few times I know the signs that I am getting near the split and slow down so as to not miss it. On the right

Back in the Hills

Having been grounded for over 3 months with a torn ACL and medial ligaments (one of those stupid falls that happen when you are not paying attention coming down the mountains) I eventually got fed up and decided to go climbing against 'doctors orders'. I arrived about 6am on Sunday morning (4 Feb 2018) at the Altnafeadh lay-by in Glencoe and set off up the Devil's Staircase, determined to reach the top of Stob Mhic Mhartuin for sunrise. Initially the going was good, but the higher I went the more snow and ice there was underfoot and it slowed me down. I arrived at the top of the Staircase after about 45 minutes and turned left heading for Stob Mhic Mhartuin. The snow in places was knee deep,

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