An American Discovers Scottish Winter Delights

by Mick Ryan 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 ( Source: Climbing magazine )