When I had woken up it was snowing heavily but by the time I had eaten breakfast it had stopped snowing and the sun was shining. This false promise tempted me to climb Beinn Uird. At the Rowardennan car park I got talking to a guy called Les, who was going to climb Ben Lomond and we started the walk together at 9.40 am. My route initially followed the Ben Lomond path and it was lovely walking through the snow covered forest. There was a large area of felled trees that gave views to Ben Lomond and across Loch Lomond to the Luss Hills. The sun soon disappeared, it began to snow again and the snow became deeper the higher we climbed. It also became windier and it felt decidedly chilly. Les decided to come with me as conditions would have been unpleasant on Ben Lomond. We left the Ben Lomond path near a fence and traversed around and then descended to Moin Eich, the pass between Ben Lomond and Beinn Uird. It was hard work in the soft snow and it was a long, tiring plod up the broad NNE ridge of Beinn Uird. The mist was down and we could see very little, the wind increased and became quite strong, the snow fell harder and became wind driven. We were faced with a blizzard and I found out that wind driven snow in the fence really hurts. It was worse when I was hit by snow in my eyes as I was temporarily blinded. The summit seemed higher than 597m in such conditions and it felt that it would never arrive. We reached the small cairn at 12.05 pm and headed for a nearby rise, as I thought it looked higher. When we reached it we saw that the cairn was higher. We descended due east and we came out of the mist and arrived at a track. We followed this to Blairvockie Farm, out to the public road and along the road back to the car park. The car was reached at 2.10 pm, a a toal of 4 and half hours. I was releived to shelter in the car, asthe weather was windy, sleety and freezing. After a quick lunch, I started the drive back to Liverpool.
Climbing Beinn Uird in blizzard conditions