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An Socach - NN166712

An Socach - NN166712


Postby taylor94 » Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:10 pm

Munros included on this walk: An Socach (Braemar)

Date walked: 30/10/2011

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 15.5 km

Ascent: 944m

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Second munro planned near enough at last my partner becca and walk highlands forum member Gary set off to bag our next mountain. Starting off at a good pace the weather was fine however a strong wind even on the low ground held us back a touch.

We reached a small burn with no bridge to cross so a trip along wet and spaced out rocks was our way across. My partner becca also known as turtle feet had to helped across. After crossing a slow and boggy ascent lead us to the cairn near the summit giving us time for some food and a smoke break. Heading up to the summit a steep and rocky ascent got becca even more tired so she had a seat while me and Gary went to the top. The top was quite misty giving us a hard time locating the summit.

A few photies and we started to descend however with only a few hours of light left we had to get a move on. As we reached the burn the light was fading even faster and while trying to come across the water to help becca across my foot sliped wetting the inside of my boot. Reaching back to the car it was a success and overall it was a fantastic climb on my second munro.
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Re: An Socach - NN166712

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:36 pm

I'm just wondering what An Socach you did, i presume it's the one south of Breamar. The reason i ask is you could possibly not have reached the summit going by your description. You do reach a cairn then comes a steep climb to another large cairn but this cairn is not the summit. The summit is a 2km walk along the level plateaux gaining only 6 meters at 944m to the 938m at the cairn. I may be wrong, as possibly you have went a differant route.
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Re: An Socach - NN166712

Postby LeithySuburbs » Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:04 pm

Hey, I think I bumped into you briefly at the burn crossing (I was the guy on his own looking for a way across) :) ! I gave up looking for a crossing place and just ploughed through it at the ford - it wasn't nearly as bad as it looked and no wet feet thanks to my boots :D . No idea if you reached the "true" summit or not as it was a bit cloudy on the ridge... I know I did, but I've been there before ;).

Either way, who cares :lol: ? If you are from Aberdeenshire, you have plenty opportunity to return to this underrated Munro :D .
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Re: An Socach - NN166712

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:14 pm

LeithySuburbs wrote:Hey, I think I bumped into you briefly at the burn crossing (I was the guy on his own looking for a way across) :) ! I gave up looking for a crossing place and just ploughed through it at the ford - it wasn't nearly as bad as it looked and no wet feet thanks to my boots :D . No idea if you reached the "true" summit or not as it was a bit cloudy on the ridge... I know I did, but I've been there before ;).

Either way, who cares :lol: ? If you are from Aberdeenshire, you have plenty opportunity to return to this underrated Munro :D .


When i did An Socach we were all sitting pretty at the large cairn thinking we were on the summit then i remembered reading about that not being the summit. I checked the map then broke the news to the rest of them that we were not at the summit yet and we had a wee bit further to go. EH you're joking i'm not walking all the way along there for 6m was one of the replys i got :D
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Re: An Socach - NN166712

Postby gary » Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:32 pm

Johnny Corbett wrote:I'm just wondering what An Socach you did, i presume it's the one south of Breamar. The reason i ask is you could possibly not have reached the summit going by your description. You do reach a cairn then comes a steep climb to another large cairn but this cairn is not the summit. The summit is a 2km walk along the level plateaux gaining only 6 meters at 944m to the 938m at the cairn. I may be wrong, as possibly you have went a differant route.

Was with Taylor94 on Sunday however I have not time for my own report with pics yet but hopefully get them up this week, we did have a long walk the plateaux as far as we could go. Hopefully the pics will confirm if we did make the summit or not, as Taylor94 said visibility was pretty poor.
LeithySuburbs wrote:Hey, I think I bumped into you briefly at the burn crossing (I was the guy on his own looking for a way across) :) ! I gave up looking for a crossing place and just ploughed through it at the ford - it wasn't nearly as bad as it looked and no wet feet thanks to my boots :D . No idea if you reached the "true" summit or not as it was a bit cloudy on the ridge... I know I did, but I've been there before ;).

Either way, who cares :lol: ? If you are from Aberdeenshire, you have plenty opportunity to return to this underrated Munro :D .

Think it was us you met at the burn. We managed across on a few rocks just up a bit from where we passed each other although I think the couple further up took of boots and socks etc.
I did notice you got across back near the track and was curious as to how you managed so now I know
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Re: An Socach - NN166712

Postby NickyRannoch » Tue Nov 01, 2011 1:22 am

Johnny Corbett wrote:I'm just wondering what An Socach you did, i presume it's the one south of Breamar. The reason i ask is you could possibly not have reached the summit going by your description. You do reach a cairn then comes a steep climb to another large cairn but this cairn is not the summit. The summit is a 2km walk along the level plateaux gaining only 6 meters at 944m to the 938m at the cairn. I may be wrong, as possibly you have went a differant route.


oh dear thats what i was thinking as i read it. you walk for a fair bit along the plateau down into a bealach (which you can descend from too) and back up to the summit cairn.

even if you didnt make it its great to be gettin out and about and im affa jealous (movin house means no hills :-( ) its a goid one to go back to too
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Re: An Socach - NN166712

Postby taylor94 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:44 pm

Well according to the map Gary had we reached the summit but at first we were not at the true summit. Then we headed more west from the carin that was the untrue summit and we were pretty sure we had reached the true summit. But like I said it was harder to navigate because of the mist.
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Re: An Socach - NN166712

Postby Johnny Corbett » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:32 am

taylor94 wrote:Well according to the map Gary had we reached the summit but at first we were not at the true summit. Then we headed more west from the carin that was the untrue summit and we were pretty sure we had reached the true summit. But like I said it was harder to navigate because of the mist.


If you headed west from the large cairn the chances along the plateaux the chances are you got to the summit. Well done guys :D
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Re: An Socach - NN166712

Postby taylor94 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:48 pm

thanks be off to the gorms soon
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Re: An Socach - NN166712

Postby NickyRannoch » Thu Nov 03, 2011 5:28 pm

My apologies , I can see from Gary's report that you definitely made it :thumbup:
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