Although it was a bit of a disappointment to see last Saturdays snow melt the very next day, I was hoping the sleet showers that fell over Rothbury on Tuesday had given the hills a fresh covering. So needing more practice days for my Winter ML, I headed off for the College valley and the north Side of Cheviot. First impression on the long walk in were not so good, with a distinctive lack of snow showing on the approach hills. But as I walked up the valley towards the entrance of Bizzle Crags the snow began to show.
Entering the Crags the snow line was about 500m and although there had been very little new snow, the old snow I thought had disappeared was still there above 600m and well frozen. Once out on top by one of the various gulleys’ on the west side of the crags, I was in hill fog and cloud and the conditions were perfect for Nav practice. The next 2 hrs were spent working my way between various points on 30m vis on the wind scoured plato before coming out on the summit and just following the normal route down. A lift on the back of a quad by a friendly shepherd saved my legs over the last 2 mile along the road and I arrived back at the at Dusk. A good day considering the inauspicious start.