Christmas on Loch Lomond

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Grooveski

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Friday saw Stuart69, Gailainne and I heading out of Aldochlay. While it was free of ice we could see large patches in the next bay. First off we headed south down the channel to see if there was a way through.



Only made it to the end of the first island. From there the loch was frozen as far as you could see.





We doubled back and headed for the deep water, passing this chap along the way.





Watching Stephen ram his way to shore it was hard to believe it's only a year since he cared about his shiny new hull. :)



We had a white christmas with a fresh coat laid down in the early hours.
The bay itself was relatively free of ice as far as the headland.





Then frozen again round to the narrows.





Ahhh!



Home sweet home.





Coming back on monday I didn't have the camera to hand which was a shame as our faces must have been a picture when we came round and seen that the main channel back to Aldochlay had frozen over right out to the main loch. On closer inspection though it turned out to be floating slush. Pretty stuff all built up in rippled clumps below the surface and no bother to cut through.

So a lovely long weekend.
...full of odd ice noises, Sheets cracking as they warmed and cooled, the soft shooshing of paddling though the slush, the gentle tinkling of little bits hitting together as our wakes jiggled them about....

:)
Josh
 
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gsfgaz

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amazing pics , it looked a winter wonderland, I wish i would have been there, the photos were brilliant especially the one of the big stag .. cheers for that ...
 

Stuart69

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I didn't take many this time but here's a few .....











Brilliant trip again guys, perfect way to spend Christmas :)
 
Fantastic - beautiful photoes. I thought of going for a paddle up there over christmas but decided against it as I thought it would be completely frozen, wish I had gone now. Pardon my ignorance but is that a lavvu or is it a parachute? Is it hanging from the pine? Whatever it is it looks brilliant - I'm very jealous. Glad to see people taking the weather in their stride rather than it crippling them.

All the best,
Martin.
 

Stuart69

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We had a doorway at the back you can't see in the pic, basically propped a bit of the chute on a long stick then tied it off to the tree. Nice and cosy :D
 

Stuart69

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I couldn't find any pics of the doorway but here's one of the inside taken from the door, loads of room for the three of us and my puppy