We had a wee holiday in the first week of January, spending a few days in Fort William and then heading over to the Cairngorms for the rest of the week.
We took the dog for a couple of really nice walks in Rothiemurchus Forest and were lucky enough to experience some amazing winter weather. The first day we took a lap of Loch an Eilean. We didn't start until well into the afternoon, and the light was beginning to fade by the time we were about half way round the Loch. It was a beautiful clear evening, and my wife described it as 'walking in Narnia'.
By the time we got near the finish the light had gone, but the moonlight reflecting off the frozen ground showed the way perfectly. Back at the head of the loch the trees opened up and the sky was perfectly clear and beautifully moonlit. It occured to me that this would be a perfect night for a bivvy. Most of my bivvying has been done between the months of March and October, and I tend to head for a bothy for some substatial shelter in the depths of winter. But the seed has been planted...
Back at the car, the temperature guage read -9 degrees, and it dropped to -12 overnight. I should probably invest something a little warmer than my current one season sleeping bag!