These are photos supplied by Alan Craig from a climb in winter 2006 on Stob Ghabhar, north-west of Bridge of Orchy in the West Highlands of Scotland. The selection of photos was circulated to colleagues at work, to brighten up our day!
They are certainly uplifting photos. However, it's debatable whether imagining yourself out in the fresh air on a hiking trail to a snowy summit, when stuck in the office doing something tedious on a grey day, actually lifts the spirits or not. Certainly, memories of past walks can help you to take a more detached perspective towards those minor things that can become so annoying in any job.
The route itself looks like a slightly tricky one in winter - as Cameron McNeish says in book "The Munros", when climbing the ridge called Aonach Eagach (not the one in Glen Coe) to the top of Stob Ghabhar: "I recalled a wonderful little arete at the top of this ridge, a thin spine of rock with big drops on either side....I realised the truth behind a statement I saw recently that there is no such thing as winter hillwalking in Scotland - it is mountaineering." Let this be a warning to the faint-hearted and the ill-prepared!
The route combining the neighbouring munro of Stob a' Choire Odhair (945m / 3100 ft) with Stob Ghabhar, from Forest Lodge, is given by McNeish as 20km with 1380m of ascent, and a distance of 20 km (12.5 miles).
Photos contributed by: Alan Craig
On the way there - the view south to Ben Vorlich, across Loch Earn
Crossing the snowline - Beinn an Dothaidh beyond to the left
The jumble of peaks around Glen Etive to the north-west
On the summit, looking over Loch Tulla towards Beinn Dorain (that's Alan on the right)