The hills are alive with the sound of hail, strong winds and snow at present. Not unusual but uncharacteristically cold for May. Staying low and just below the maelstrom seemed to work. This is the beauty of Marilyn and Corbett bagging. Strathconon Forrest is one of my favorite Glens, it is isolated, vast and so beautiful. It's patch work cultivated fields contrast with steep heather slopes and craggy summits which are presently snow covered. On arriving on Skye before heading to Raasay to work I bumped into friends who had been guiding on the Skye ridge. The reports were of blizzards, full winter ascents of gullies and particularly wet rock. Summer is not far away, so they tell me!