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Range of the Awful Hand, Galloway

Range of the Awful Hand, Galloway


Postby LDPWalker » Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:32 pm

I am planning to walk from Stinchar Bridge over Shalloch on Minnoch, then Tarfessock, then Kirriereoch Hill to the Merrick and down into Glen Trool. It all looks feasible apart from Kirriereoch Hill to Merrick, particularly past Little Spear, just to the north of Merrick itself. I can't make out if that section is possible or particularly exposed and dangerous. Would any of you experienced people out there know the situation? Thanks.
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Re: Range of the Awful Hand, Galloway

Postby Gavin99 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:01 pm

Don't know about experienced but I happened to wander along that route this summer , apart from one short steepish section just north of Kirriereoch it's a breeze , the Little Spear is no problem . This is a lovely walk , enjoy.....
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View from Kirriereoch looking south to Little Spear and Merrick
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Re: Range of the Awful Hand, Galloway

Postby LDPWalker » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:13 pm

Gavin99, thanks for that. The picture is excellent, it gives me a very good impression. All I need now is a decent day over Xmas......
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Re: Range of the Awful Hand, Galloway

Postby Caberfeidh » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:20 pm

I have been there in winter; the short sharp steep part just north of the Merrick is very dodgey indeed, with unexpectedly steep drop-offs on either side, hidden by snow cornices. It all depends on the conditions on the day.
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Re: Range of the Awful Hand, Galloway

Postby LDPWalker » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:39 pm

Caberfeidh, thanks for the extra detail which I have noted! I think I will stick my crampons and axe in the bag, just to be on the safe side.
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Re: Range of the Awful Hand, Galloway

Postby Tinto63 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:08 am

I haven't walked from Kirriereoch to The Merrick, but these 2 shots taken from Kirriereoch of The Merrick might help and show the ridge (Little Spear) Caberfeidh mentions. (the top part of Gavin 99's photo)

Hope you enjoy your trip.

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Re: Range of the Awful Hand, Galloway

Postby LDPWalker » Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:50 am

Tinto63, thanks for the useful pictures. It certainly looks like it couild be a bit tricky in certain conditions as Caberfeidh suggests, I shall definitely be packing axe and crampons
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