Incredible clarity of light and great early winter conditions in the Cairngorms
I won't lie - it was a frustrating sight to see, team upon team of climbers heading into the Northern Corries towards hard mixed routes in perfect condition, knowing that there's very little in condition for me to solo yet.
But my reclusive nature was on overdrive yesterday morning, so it wasn't difficult to turn my back on the busy corries and head over the deserted Ben Macdui plateau instead.
I'm not sure even climbing a route in perfect nick would have been more worthwhile than the remarkable show of natural light that I experienced on the plateau. The winter is off to a good start.