An American Discovers Scottish Winter Delights

Dougald MacDonald, a senior contributing editor and the online news editor at Climbing magazine and is a guest at the BMC / MCofS International Winter Meet. He is keeping a blog of his trip, he begins:

"At the Winter Meet headquarters at Glenmore Lodge, a government-owned mountaineering center near Aviemore, no snow was in sight. The same was nearly true at the parking lot for the Cairngorm ski area. But here's the thing about Scotland: That parking lot was jammed. Die-hard skiers and snowboarders were braving rain and clag, and paying good money, for a lift to strips of snow that would be sneered at during a bad winter in Pennsylvania. And, on a day when sun-spoiled Coloradans would roll over in bed and ponder which coffee shop to visit later in the morning, hundreds of climbers were packing up for the one-hour walk to Corrie An t'Sneachda and Corrie An Lochain: the Northern Corries."

But he soon finds out that, (it's) "Amazing what you can do if you just get out of the car."

You can read part one of his account at

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