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Carn a'Gheoidh and An Socach (Braemar)

Carn a'Gheoidh and An Socach (Braemar)

Postby Sspaterson » Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:37 pm

Munros included on this walk: An Socach (Braemar), Càrn a' Ghèoidh

Date walked: 23/04/2021

Time taken: 5.47 hours

Distance: 17.25 km

Ascent: 925m

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Original plan was to walk An Socach from Glen Clunie with my daughter, dropping off husband at the ski centre en route. He would then have climbed Carn a'Gheoidh (I'd already done it. Twice!!) and then meet us somewhere on An Socach before heading back to car at Baddoch. But in the end, after a hard day at work and a party to look forward to, daughter bailed out so went for this option.

Weather was fab and we headed straight up the ski tow path and round to the first, getting there in about 1hr20min. A quick scoff of a flapjack, a photo and we were off heading to An Socach which looked far away.

Top of Carn a' Gheoidh

The distant path to An Socach

It was an easy enough walk. What mud factor existed was negligible because of the prolonged period of dry weather. It was more of a tussocky bounce and my legs were happy. Crossed the river no problem and started plodding up the path. There was a big patch of snow we skirted round and were soon on the top. Plodded along to the shelter cairn where there was a bloke having his piece. He'd walked up from Inverey side. The other cairn slightly lower down was also occupied. We scoffed some nosh and started back down. Nice views but the actual top itself is a bit boring.

An Socach ridge

Once at the bottom we just aimed for the col in between Carn Aosda and The Cairnwell as visibility was great but you'd need sound navigation skills in poor weather.

After crossing the river again, it was a plod through the dried out peat hags. What's the collective noun for peat hags? An annoyance? A hassle? Answers on a post card.

Peat hags

When you look back across Glen Clunie, it's quite apparent how much of the hill has had controlled burning. There was a veritable patchwork of burnt bits all over. Plenty grouse and hares around.

A patchwork of burning

Eventually we reached Loch Vrotachan, a gorgeous wee place with a frenzy of wee fish in amongst the pond weed.

Loch Vrotachan

From here, it was an easy last bit to the ski slopes, which look so different in the summer. Wheeched round the Bunny Run and down the service road back to the car park feeling mightily pleased with our efforts.
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Re: Carn a'Gheoidh and An Socach (Braemar)

Postby aaquater » Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:14 pm

Neat :) Many eastern hills perhaps aren't the most rough or dramatic, but that in no way means they can't provide brilliant walks with amazing views. (Also, good to know that Baddoch Burn is easily crossable :wink: )

A collective noun for peat hags... a peat cult? I mean, cult(ivation) of the soil seems to be a long-standing issue :lol:

Looking at that patchwork picture, An Socach reminds me very strongly of a checkerboard cake...
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