Another outing to the Sidlaws. Saturdays weather was horrendous with mostly very heavy rain and wind in Forfar, but snow elsewhere. The intended walk was to be the Airlie Monument, but saw so much snow behind Forfar when I was leaving to collect Iain that I thought it wise to avoid any snowy roads.
On arrival, the Balkello car park was like sheet ice – the sun was out and probabljy causing the glaze over the snow.
Once we hit the hills, the snow that was lying in the paths/tracks was mostly turning slushy, although some places were harder snow and slippy, and made for very difficult walking.
We only done Auchterhouse Hill & Balluderon Hill then back to the car but all in the snowy walk I feel was more physically challenging than doing all 3 tops in good weather.
Only my 2nd hill walk in after a long break and struggled so much, I felt like turning back on reaching Long Goat. After a seat and a Muller Rice felt a bit better and thought I should make the attempt to get to Cat Law. Glad I did as seemed to get a 2nd-wind. Continued to the summit of Cat law and not a soul to be seen.
Returned by route of ascent, and as always the walk from Long Goat to the gate exiting the field felt like a very long way.
Just under 4 hours. Met a young guy from Aberdeen doing Grahams & Corbetts. Sleeps in his car on a mattress to save on B&’B’s. Then met an older couple from Nottingham that were staying over at Spittal of Glenshee. Just under 4 hours total.