Glen Isla – Monamenach

I don’t know what I was thinking when I made a hair appointment 3 months ago for the middle of Saturday afternoon.  What a weekend wrecker!  Luckily Sunday was by far the finer day.  The Met Office forecast was full sun and low wind over the north and east but MWIS was forecasting winds of 45-50mph and likelihood of snow with appalling visibility for the Cairngorms / Southeastern Highlands and worse everywhere else.  Ever the optimist, I went with the Met Office forecast (but took lots of spare clothing just incase)!

I had a hard time making a decision this weekend.  Ally was working over the weekend and I really wanted to go off somewhere in the Bongo.  I looked at my options in the east for hills I hadn’t climbed yet.  I’m not averse to climbing the same hill again at all, but having climbed most of the Munros in the east / Cairngorms I wanted new routes and hills.  Plus, Cairngorms are generally a long walk in and there’s only so much daylight.  I noticed Monamenach, a Corbett in Glen Isla.  It seemed close but far enough to justify a one night trip, and also I’d never been to Glen Isla.

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