Thursday and I got up early on thursday and headed up to Aviemore to meet Shaun the other guide. Had a good chat over lunch then I popped out to Loch Garten to see the Ospreys but I got a little lucky there were also lots of crossbills, tree reepers, siskins and some rare crested tits around aswell. beautiful, then its back to work and we went for a stroll along the banks of the River Spey, where more ospreys flew past amazing.
Friday dawned and we were up to see it, early on the road to check out the high peaks around the Glen Affric, and check the snow on those peaks. Glen Affric was its usually beautiful self, stunningly reflected in the Loch. A side valley led us up and away as we climbed up higher on to a cornice strewn ridge and our summit, Clearlly anything to the west was too snow covered to take a group up bu the other two most easterly summits were just aboutclear enough to ascend and descend with a group, so fingers crossed.
Satuday did not have quite the perfect forecast but it, provided a bit of adventure for the group who initially set off in our footsteps from the day before. They made the first peak in high winds and wild spin drift before sensibly descending to the valley below, having had a great adventure! Meanwhile the easier walk ran around Loch Affric, coffeing in the deep heather and enjoying one of the wildest and remotest valleys in Britain and we even found a jockalope ;-)
A few beers a good meal, a few stories and a good nigh sleep and the group were ready to go againj, some went for temptation, inspiration or even passion, (the cruises on Loch Ness) but some went with shaun for satisfaction on the hill as he went out Grahem bashing on the hill. Others experienced the ultimate pleasures of open panoramas from the lowly hillsides above the hotel, but it was still a beautiful day and a great day out!!!!! See you all sometime soon