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Brandy got me going

Brandy got me going


Postby Merry-walker » Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:01 pm

Route description: Loch Brandy, Glen Clova

Date walked: 26/02/2011

Time taken: 2.25 hours

Distance: 5.5 km

Ascent: 410m

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It’s been a while since being out on the hill. Two walks had to be cancelled due to my unable to breathe without explosive coughing but as I felt much better this week, I grabbed my hat, dog and Salbutamol and headed on up Glen Clova.


Glad to see the snow was all but gone on the excellent path but this left a lot of slippery mud to sludge through on the way.

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It was a glorious day for walking, Mez ran everywhere of course. I wore my new thermal base layer mum had sent for a Christmas present (thanks again mum) and I wasn’t long walking before the sweat was pouring and my face was red. The coat had to come off and eventually, so did my top.

I did struggle a bit the first 20 minutes, guess my lungs took a beating with that cold but a few blasts on the puffer and I was getting better.


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Getting nearer to my destination, the Snub can be seen. I don’t think I would ever have the nerve to go up there!


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Then I reached frozen Loch Brandy.

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Good path up the Snub?

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The blobs on the top are people. There were quite a few people walking up Clova today

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Looking up towards Glen Doll

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Looking down the Glen towards home

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After taking some pictures, I found somewhere to sit and share my butty and Dundee cake with Mez. I thought about heading on up to visit Green Hill again but I was too comfortable where I was, so we sat to enjoy the quiet.

After 20 minutes, we headed back.


Mez waiting while I take another snap

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The puddle is Loch Heath.

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I know it was only a small walk, but it gave my lungs the blast test they needed and some quiet time for me. Not quite fit, but I’m getting there...

"I have two doctors, my left leg and my right". G.M. Trevelyan

More pics here
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Re: Brandy got me going

Postby LeithySuburbs » Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:23 pm

Merry-walker wrote:There were quite a few people walking up Clova today


Not surprised - looks braw 8) . You cannae be too far off some pretty decent fitness now - sure you'll be leaving us in your wake in a couple weeks ;).
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Re: Brandy got me going

Postby gammy leg walker » Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:43 pm

Glad to see you back out M-W(get up that snub)you know you want too
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Re: Brandy got me going

Postby Merry-walker » Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:01 pm

Ha ha, maybe I will one day GLW but Mez will have to stay behind. She's so thick she'll be over the edge :lol: :lol:
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Re: Brandy got me going

Postby Merry-walker » Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:03 pm

LeithySuburbs wrote:You cannae be too far off some pretty decent fitness now - sure you'll be leaving us in your wake in a couple weeks ;).


Its amazing how you do bounce back :D but I'll always be the one at the back
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Re: Brandy got me going

Postby pollyh33 » Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:13 pm

Brilliant report and pictures MW!

You are fab at educating me about parts of Scotland I had never heard of. Loch Brandy? When I read the title of your report I thought you were drinking a fair amount of it to nurse yourself back to health!!! :lol:


Please tell me you weren't doing a 'calendar girl' style of report when you took off your jacket and top!! Might see a lot more blokes in Glen Clova if you were!!! :shock:
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Re: Brandy got me going

Postby allister3 » Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:38 pm

great stuff and great picture`s M-W, hope to see you on a hill somewhere sometime ;)
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Re: Brandy got me going

Postby Merry-walker » Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:41 pm

pollyh33 wrote:
Please tell me you weren't doing a 'calendar girl' style of report when you took off your jacket and top!! Might see a lot more blokes in Glen Clova if you were!!! :shock:



hahahahha

have you not heard of the nude rambler in these parts?

All was left was the hat. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Brandy got me going

Postby Merry-walker » Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:43 pm

allister3 wrote:great stuff and great picture`s M-W, hope to see you on a hill somewhere sometime ;)


Thank you Allister, I'm sure our paths will cross :D
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Re: Brandy got me going

Postby Sad Wolfie » Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:29 pm

Some great photies here. Particularly like the one of Mez waiting on the trail looking down the hill. Makes me want to get out and run this path.

Did the Glen Clova half marathon in 2009, in driving rain and cloud almost down to the deck. Good to see the place in better weather today.

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Re: Brandy got me going

Postby Graeme D » Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:39 pm

pollyh33 wrote:Loch Brandy? When I read the title of your report I thought you were drinking a fair amount of it to nurse yourself back to health!!!


That's a whole other story that is! :lol:

Great report MW - I'd love to see Loch Brandy frozen over. I'll be saving Ben Tirran for a winter walk. Might have to be another winter now though. :(
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Re: Brandy got me going

Postby Merry-walker » Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:01 am

Graeme Dewar wrote:
pollyh33 wrote:Loch Brandy? When I read the title of your report I thought you were drinking a fair amount of it to nurse yourself back to health!!!


That's a whole other story that is! :lol:



Erm... :wtf: well I never...... :lol:

Graeme Dewar wrote:Great report MW - I'd love to see Loch Brandy frozen over. I'll be saving Ben Tirran for a winter walk. Might have to be another winter now though. :(


there's still some winter left :)
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Re: Brandy got me going

Postby Merry-walker » Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:05 am

Sad Wolfie wrote:Some great photies here. Particularly like the one of Mez waiting on the trail looking down the hill. Makes me want to get out and run this path.

Did the Glen Clova half marathon in 2009, in driving rain and cloud almost down to the deck. Good to see the place in better weather today.

Nice one!


Cheers SW, (love the Avatar by the way)

this path can be run very easily :)

this half marathon is a good one to run eh?
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Re: Brandy got me going

Postby ChrisW » Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:43 am

Great report MW and some beautiful photo's though I did expect to see you swiggin from a bottle of brandy at the start :lol:
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Re: Brandy got me going

Postby 2dalmatians » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:08 am

Great report MW - not sure what Salbutamol is but send me some in the post please?!! Lol Mez looking her majestic self as usual too. What's the deal with the "Snub". The pic you posted didn't look tooo bad considering some of the walks you have done? Am I missing something?
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