Log 3 Jan 2016

CONIC HILL - 3rd January 2016

Seven members turned up for the New Year walk - Dave K, Kevin, Allan, Derek H, Malcolm, Ron and Fraser.
We set off at 9:15 am from the Car Park in dry, but overcast conditions.
This weather remained for the rest of the day.

We met again at the Balmaha car park and set off on our climb at approx 10:00am.
As we left the forested area we were aware that the wind was getting stronger which continued to increase as we got nearer the top.
We estimated that it could have been as high as 70mph at the top.
After we continued up the steps and crossed a small burn we branched off the West Highland Way to the north and continued upwards along the ridge steeply initially.
Following a short scramble we reached the south top and thereafter the main top.
Some carried on in the wind to reach the north top.
We all returned to the carpark for about 12:15 and repaired to the Oak Tree Inn for refreshments.
A good start to the Climbing Year.
Report by Derek Hall.