Diary – Friday 19 February 2010

19 Feb

Irrespective of the fact that my legs are a bit locked up and that the temperature this weekend looks a wee bit short of that required to support human life, The Fatdog and I will attempt a winter hill 😯 .  Admittedly the Munro Geal Charn (Drumochter) is a piddly little winter hill, but none the less it represents 917m worth of snow capped rock and is an ideal test for us.  I’ve been stretching out the leg muscles for the past few days.  I can only hope I haven’t stretched them too much, ‘cause I won’t find out until I get up there and start walking.

My microspikes arrived last week.  With reviews on the Kahtoolas being generally favourable, and taking into account the type of winter walking I am liable to do, they should do nicely.

I used my Grivel Spiders a couple of times last year but had trouble keeping the right one on my boot.  The Kahtoolas are a step up and easier to fit.  With their rubber band elasticity they should be much easier to snap on out on the hill.  Mind you, trying to do this in minus upteen degrees centigrade might be a bit trickier, as my hands lose heat and mobility quickly at those temperatures.  But if nothing else, with my spikes and my axe, I’m going to look like a REAL hillwalker! 😀


Posted by on February 19, 2010 in Diary Entries


2 responses to “Diary – Friday 19 February 2010

  1. Simon

    February 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    You’re getting into serious softsnow/frozen snow territory there Ken. Piddly or not, I think that your legs will know all about it the next day. Good luck.

  2. fatdogwalks

    February 20, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Read Wolf’s report on Shills so knew what to expect. There was a layer of 50mm – 100mm of powder over, in the main, thin crust. Made a decent fist of it though as after Geal Charn we waddled up A’ Mharconaich as well – back to the car in 5 hours…considering the wee hitch (to be told later) it went very well. Just about to see if the photos came out.


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