|Lurchers Burn in the sunshine|
|Looking towards Braeriach|
|The top of Coire an Lochan|
|Heading across the Plateau|
What had taken 4 hrs to climb took about 30min to descend and we arrived very happy and tired at the brilliant Hutchinson Bothy. A small but lovely Hut complete with stove and 3 lovely lads up for a social evening who'd brought peat for the stove! Soo nice and warm. We proceeded to shatter their peace and quiet, but that's bothies, nice folk, beautiful places all thrown together sharing a unique thing.
|Sharing brews and banter in the Hut|
Now our friend Cathy (left) is a Pilates Instructor, and her and Ali felt a little stretching session was just the ticket after a days skiing, so they commandeered the floor and treated everyone to a little demo of how to look after your body...us boys just ate biscuits and drank tea!
|And bend and stretch...|
|The Hutchinson Bothy|
From there it was as straight a route as possible back to the cars as the wind and weather had gotten a bit Scottish, those of you who've been will know what i mean.
|Loch Avon basin|
|Ali putting in difficult turns in heavy snow with a heavier rucsac!|
|Sue with the Shelter Stone Crag behind|
|Its the Beatles gone sking!|
|The edge of a frozen-ish Loch Avon|
|Andy cruising after the joys/horrors of the steep climb up|
|The coire cas headwall|
There are so many things that have to come together. Weather, snow cover and condition, time off, friends to drag me up up the hills and burn me off sking down (and pick up the pieces!). And they all did this weekend and how. It was a trip i'll never forget and i'm itching to get out with everyone for the next one!