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The Monsters take on Rain, Wind, and Clag in the Cairngorms

The Monsters take on Rain, Wind, and Clag in the Cairngorms


Postby andrewdoggett » Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:39 pm

Route description: An Socach from Glen Clunie

Munros included on this walk: An Socach (Braemar)

Date walked: 01/08/2011

Time taken: 4.9 hours

Distance: 17.4 km

Ascent: 708m

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And so after a rest day from Beinn a'Bleithir the Monsters were all ready to take on another Munro; easy they said... Undeterred by the rain, wind, and clag that they had so far avoided they were up for it... A quick safety briefing form Dad; stay in sight... Bla Bla Bla...

By now; it's a competitive sport this munro bagging malarky; with Monster Sam keen on the gender split... Team Boys he said; were much better than Team Girls...

I think it's all about the colours; the skittles shall we say; so before the off; Team Photos...

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Team Green...


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Team Blue...


Not long after the off and we encounter four large horses that seem to feature in all the TR's of this hill. Magnificent looking creatures...

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Megan wants to say hello; so off we go...

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And then the rain starts; personally I blame it on the Estate Owner / Farmer whom we met briefly at the start. I think it'll stay dry today he says. I'm not convinced; I'm certain we're in for a soaking today; and inside the first half hour we've already donned and removed waterproofs five times!!

Still the Monsters spirits are not dampened...

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Not long before we leave the track and head up the hill; it's not steep and there is a good path through the heather that alternates between good going and boggy underfoot; but on the whole I've walked in a lot worse...

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A refreshment stop is planned for the first cairn with normally banned Fruit Shoots and Lollies on offer we're there in no time; and three more showers...!

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The Monsters take to a spot of clambering on the Cairn; with Dad hoping he isn't set the task of rebuilding the thing...

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In no time at all we're on the summit of the first wee hill and just a few kilometres along a wide and very windy ridge separates the Monsters from Munro Number 4...

We just leave them to it; they seem to be getting along fine so Mum and Dad take the lead with the Monsters following on behind...

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The final race to the summit is won by Sam; not sure how he doesn't fall over with his less than convincing running style, but no worry...

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Both Monsters at the top; totally undeterred by the wind, rain and cloud; we're in splace the way they see it; just like an aeroplane... A good bite to eat; on the menu is Ham, Fruit Shoots, Muffins, and Crisps... Yum! Meanwhile Dad has a Stella and some Pastrami...

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Samba looking every bit comfortable in the mountains....

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Monster Sam looking cool... Easy!


Megan's summit shot...

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Only a 20 minute stop for lunch; it's freezing and the Monsters are getting cold, so time to start moving... We fairly bomb it down the track and from there it's just a 5 km walk or so down the valley to the car; Sam fairly running to keep up with his short legs... A good time I say; for a six year old; the 17.4 clicks done and dusted inside 5 hours...

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The long walk home...


The Stats...

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And the route...


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