Log 3 Jan 2010

Misty Law & Hill of Stake

Six hardy souls, Ian G, Malcolm, Sue, Noelle, Kevin and myself met at the car park at 9am, in sub zero, but also 'sun drenched' conditions.

After a detour dropping off cars, we went in the 'A Team' van to Clyde Muirshiel Country Park, the last 3 miles being on rutted icy roads, to find the Car Park closed due to the icy conditions.

We then set off on a snowy track to the former Barytes mine, after which the group headed south to the first summit, Hill of Stake, across what might politely be described as a challenging mixture of soft deep snow, crusty snow, and heathery tussocks.

After I joined a splinter party of 1, we eventually met on the summit at 1:30pm, where some kindly supplied seasonal libations were enjoyed, and the extensive views of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae were seen, as well as Ailsa Craig and the snow clad Pentlands, as well as an extensive panorama to the North.

The group then swam to the final summit, Misty Law, which defied its name by being bright and sunny. I declined this pleasure, preferring to wade through deep snow, a pleasure so often denied to us.

A long trudge / stumble back to the outdoor centre ensued, returning to the car about 4pm, where a beautiful sunset was enjoyed, followed by a sharp drop in air temperature.

The group then repaired to a carefully selected hostelry in Lochwinnoch, 'The Brown Bear', where the atmosphere was most convivial, leading to a 'bookmarking' of it for future trips.
Milngavie was reached about 5:45pm.

Derek McGaw