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Snowbound in Easter Ross

Snowbound in Easter Ross


Postby malky_c » Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:49 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Cnoc Corr Guinie

Date walked: 18/12/2011

Time taken: 1.3 hours

Distance: 7 km

Ascent: 260m

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Sub 2000's: Cnoc Corr Guinie
Date walked: 18/12/2011
Time taken: 1 hour 20 minutes
Distance: 7km
Ascent: 260m
Weather: Sunny turning to snowfall

Headed out to the Storehouse near Evanton with the missus for a late breakfast. She had lots of studying to do so I negotiated an hour away to bag a local Marilyn or two. The low Marilyns to the east of the Struie road are on my list of hills to cycle to, but somehow I hadn't got around to that yet. My initial plan was to head for the Struie itself, as this is the most impressive, and would appear to have good views over the Dornoch Firth. However once I turned off the A9, it became clear that the condition of the roads was much worse than I thought. As I eased down the steep hill towards the right-angle bend at Dalneich Bridge at about 5mph in first gear, I decided it would be prudent to go for the closest hill instead :lol:

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I'd already used up almost half of my time driving the 8 or 9 miles to Stittenham, so I bolted up the forestry track towards the summit. The snow was deep on the track, so although a fastish walk was possible, running was out of the question. With the sun and blue skies, the forest was very pretty.

Start of the walk:
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Looking across the Black Isle:
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Eventually reaching the point where I had to leave the track to ascend the last 50m to the summit, I realised I was going to be late. I thought I'd make a phone call, but my phone wasn't in my pocket. I had either dropped it or left it in the car. I decided that since I would already be in for a bollocking, I might as well climb the last little bit and visit the summit anyway. This was much slower, plodding through knee deep soft snow atop heather, and disappointingly, the summit was surrounded in trees, meaning no views other than back towards Invergordon where I had been able to see lower down. There looked to be better views following the ridge westwards, but I didn't have time to plough a new path back down, and the weather was beginning to close in anyway.

Invergordon and the Cromarty Firth:
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Summit(ish) cairn:
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Cromarty Firth from the summit:
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I retraced my steps, almost missing the forestry track as the snow was so deep (I did idly wonder why footprints went off to the right before realising they were mine!) No sign of my phone on the descent (although with the fresh snowfall I had little chance of spotting anything). Fortunately when I got back to the car, it was on the back seat, although with no signal, so I still couldn't phone and apologise. The car was nicely covered in snow now, and I had to do some interesting wheelspins to get it pointing downhill, at which point I was able to drive back to Alness at about 15 mph. By the time I got back to the Storehouse I was over an hour late (not bad when I was only supposed to be gone for an hour!) and got a fair ear bending for my troubles. Wish I'd gone for the Struie now - would've got some nice views for my pain :lol:

Weather turning on the descent:
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Drive back should be fun:
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Last edited by malky_c on Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:49 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Snowbound in Easter Ross

Postby Alan S » Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:28 pm

Cracking pics Malky, Love the 2nd one 8)
Looks a good hill for those conditions :D
Wouldnt have fancied trying to get the car out of that :shock:
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Re: Snowbound in Easter Ross

Postby kevsbald » Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:40 am

and a withdrawal from the Bank of Wife..... :problem:
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Re: Snowbound in Easter Ross

Postby monty » Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:16 am

The city would tremble with the interest rate :lol: :lol:
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Re: Snowbound in Easter Ross

Postby dogplodder » Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:41 am

I'm itching to get out after reading this! :mrgreen:

You and others are responsible for major mental conflict as I've got so much going on just now I don't have time to get out walking apart from the usual dog walks! :D
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Re: Snowbound in Easter Ross

Postby Johnny Corbett » Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:38 pm

These little ones make for fine days out during the winter months :D
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Re: Snowbound in Easter Ross

Postby LeithySuburbs » Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:03 pm

Back in the motherland Malky ;). Wonder how much snow will be left after this week :? .
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Re: Snowbound in Easter Ross

Postby rockhopper » Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:12 am

Nice one malky - bet it's good to be home for Christmas :D Suspect the snow'll all be gone by the time I manage to get out again :(
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Re: Snowbound in Easter Ross

Postby agrubb » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:23 pm

Some nice views of the Cromarty Firth! My folks stay up this way and the last two years I've had nice snowy views of the firth are while driving up a far from snow free A9!
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Re: Snowbound in Easter Ross

Postby malky_c » Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:26 pm

Cheers all, great to be back. Funny how much attention a slightly over-the-top report title attracts. Sorry if you were looking for an epic 30km crossing of Seana Bhraigh here :wink:
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