Chasing snow - Winter Munros - Stob Coire Sgriodain & Chno Dearg

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Where did all the snow go? This hike felt like a search for the white stuff. I had my ice axe and crampons with me but only had to use them for ten minutes on the descent 08:55. Scotland and the rest of Europe has experienced wild swings in temperature this winter. Just ten days ago there was snow down to sea level and temperatures of -10C. This week Scotland recorded its highest ever January temperature of +19C. It seems clear to me that this is a result of a slack jet stream causing alternate plunges of cold air from the north followed by warm air from the south (climate change anyone?).

Anyway, onto the actual walk. These two little known munros lie to the east of Loch Treig and the Grey Corries ridge. You reach them from the tiny hamlet of Fersit. Although the snow had largely melted due to the warm air of recent days, the day of my hike saw a return to frosty conditions. This was great because the approach to the hills is very boggy but for me the boggy ground was frozen hard. It's a bit of a long slog to the first munro of Stob Coire Sgriodain 04:49 but the views at the top are sensational stretching all the way to Glen Coe in the south 03:23 and Knoydart to the west. There's also a great view along the length of the Grey Corries ridge all the way to Ben Nevis 08:28.

The second munro, Chno Dearg 05:44, is a bit of an undistinguished rounded lump but it turned out to be the highlight of the day because of the beautiful evening light. I had been a bit disappointed for the first half of the day - the forecast had been for sunshine but there was a high layer of thin cloud that wasn't creating the best conditions for good photography. You'll notice in the film that the shots covering Stob Coire Sgriodain are quite flat. But hang on until the end! The light on Chno Dearg at the end of the film made the long hike more than worth it.


Remember that hiking and mountain climbing can be dangerous. The videos on my channel are for entertainment only (other than where specified). Always prepare well and be willing to abandon a trip if it becomes dangerous due to weather or unexpected trail conditions. If you are new to hiking and the great outdoors it's always a good idea to go with a guide or a more experienced companion. And remember - give the wildlife some space, leave no trace, go quietly and enjoy it out there!

• A word on DRONES
I know how annoying it can be to hear a drone whizzing about when you are trying to enjoy the peace and solitude of wild places. I'm also aware of the potential to disturb wildlife with them. I always avoid flying the drone when there are other hikers around. It's one of the reasons I tend to hike at less popular times of day and in mid-week and I avoid using the drone if I do see others nearby. I never fly a drone towards wildlife or where birds are likely to be nesting.

00:00 Intro
00:19 The ascent of Stob Coire Sgriodain
05:04 The ascent of Chno Dearg
08:52 The descent

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