As we walked through Glenmore Forest it felt like a spring day not a winters day. Well we made our way towards the mountain chatting shop and planning an Intro to Winter Walking course for next year (anyone interested) we came across a Ski mountaineer with the largest bag that either of us have seen for a long time.
They looked quite shaken up as they chatted to us about the difficulty of the task ahead of us. one suggested that if she had been wearing her crampons she might have been able to continue. We thanked them for their advice, said that we would have a look a the snow when we got to it and picked our line up the ridge. We stayed in the lee of the hill and although the wind was still strong it was not impossible to walk through.
We made the summit without the need to spike up, intact I'm sure crampons would have been detrimental to walking on the frozen summit gravel. After a quick bite to eat on the summit we decided to pop over to Bynack Beg before heading back to Glenmore Lodge.
Even though it lacked much snow it was a truly shattering day out. The wind has a draining effect on your body. Will decided that he was going to head back towards South Wales and give himself longer for the drive and to recover at the other end. So after a few good days we said our farewell and agreed to meet again later in the season.