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Postby Kenny Monaghan » Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:13 pm

Route description: Goatfell, from Brodick Castle

Corbetts included on this walk: Goat Fell

Date walked: 11/12/2011

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 10.5 km

Ascent: 874m

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After the rain of the last 6 weeks I decided I would go over to Arran and do Goatfell to keep the legs walking fit. I left the house at 06.40 and almost turned back as the rain had started again. I decided to take the gamble and got on the ferry anyway.

I set off from the bottom at 08.12 and made the deer fence for 08.55, decent enough time so I continued, as soon as I got through the fence I was into snow and slush, I continued and 1 hour 35 minutes later I reached the beallach for the final climb, normally I'd have been to the top and on my way back down by this time but the knee deep snow and no clear path took it's toll on normal walking speeds. There were several flurrys of snow and gusts of wind just in case the waist deep at times snow wasn't enough, but a further 1 hour and 12 minutes later I was on the top.

I was lucky enought to get a bit of a view for about 20 seconds so I took the obligatory photos then headed back down due to the wind. The advantage of the deep powdery snow on the way down was the route was almost direct which is evidenced by the 1 hour and 38 minutes it took to get back to Brodick.
View from Goatfell to Caisteal Abhail
View from Goatfell to Brodick
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Re: Goatfell

Postby dooterbang » Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:04 pm

Nice hill this.

Looks fab in the clag and snow - very atmospheric.
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Re: Goatfell

Postby Caberfeidh » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:10 pm

Well done on that chilly winter's day ~ but did ye plank on the Trig Pillar?
Summit of Goatfell%2C Arran..JPG
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Re: Goatfell

Postby mountain thyme » Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:51 pm

well done.. a walk i would like to do :)
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Re: Goatfell

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:48 pm

mountain thyme wrote:well done.. a walk i would like to do :)

Don't forget the other 3 while you're there, all Corbetts though MT :D ps, the other 3 are the better walk :D
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