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Hill of Nigg and a fond farewell to the Year of the Sub

Hill of Nigg and a fond farewell to the Year of the Sub


Postby Graeme D » Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:55 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Hill of Nigg

Date walked: 31/12/2011

Time taken: 1.3 hours

Distance: 4 km

Ascent: 135m

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What a year 2011 was! I moved house (twice), became a daddy, almost lost my wife on the same day, and finally got the work-life balance firmly into perspective after too many years of imbalance. And I finally, tortuously, went through the 100 Munro total. And yet 2011, in hill terms, could well be looked back on as the Year of the Sub2K. My Sub2K total for 2011 stands at 14 (prior to this year I'd only ever done 13 in total). That figure is only 2 fewer than my combined Corbett/Graham total over the 12 months. And I only did 25 Munros during the year - and two of those were repeats!

The man who went up that seemingly most unappealing of hills, the 205 metre high Hill of Nigg just to the north of the Cromarty Firth to sign off on 2011, was certainly not the same person who had seen out 2010 on Creag Leacach and Glas Maol or welcomed in 2011 a few days later with CurlyWurly on Carn Bhac. Although it really happened only by accident and as a result of circumstance, I have thoroughly enjoyed my Sub outings this year. Indeed, if pushed, I would probably pinpoint my walking highlight of the year as being on Craigowl Hill back in March (and this despite, as previously mentioned, celebrating the century on A'Mharconnaich in April, an epic overnighter with Kev on the Corryhully Horseshoe in July, and the South Glen Shiel Ridge and the Aonach Eagach within the space of a fortnight in September). It somehow seemed appropriate to be celebrating Hogmanay 2011 on a Sub2K.

We had rented a cottage for a week over New Year in Shandwick, one of the three Seaboard Villages on the Fearn Peninsula between the Dornoch and Cromarty Firths. The weather was just about as foul as could have been imagined, but one vaguely decent day allowed for a wee outing and the Hill of Nigg seemed to fit the bill.

We drove around to just beyond Nigg Village and parked up by the gate at the sharp right hander. Then it was just a case of fighting the boggy track and the endless padlocked gates to the featureless summit, although the views were no bad. Then it was back down by the same route and back to the cottage, the fridge and the fire.

2011 consigned to history. Here's to 2012..... :D


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Padlocked gate #1 - not easy with a small child strapped to yer back.

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First outing for the new Tiso child carrier

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Back down the track past the fabrication yard to the hardware in the Cromarty Firth

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Debbie does battle with another gate

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Sands of Nigg

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A brief spot of nav

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Maybe daddy will take me up a Munro in 2012. Even a Corbett or a Graham would do......

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Sheep and oil installations

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Sheep see us off their premises

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Debbie and Lucy at summit with Cromarty Firth and the Black Isle behind
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Re: Hill of Nigg and a fond farewell to the Year of the Sub

Postby Chrisabelle » Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:27 pm

Looks like it was a lovely little walk, bet little'un will be beating daddy up the hills pretty soon!! :lol:
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Re: Hill of Nigg and a fond farewell to the Year of the Sub

Postby BlackPanther » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:06 pm

Part of my local coast :D I've never been on the summit of this little hill, I must admit, but I strolled along Cromarty and Nigg cliffs countless times. Thanks for sharing your walk, gives me another option for a short outing in the future... And it's nice to see the young generation enjoying the time outdoors 8)
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Re: Hill of Nigg and a fond farewell to the Year of the Sub

Postby gammy leg walker » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:45 pm

[quote="Graeme Dewar"]

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And there was me thinking,Ailsa was thinking,please dad can I see more than the back of your head.

Nice way to close 2011 Graeme.

PS,did what I said I would do,gave blood last month,1st time for 15yrs. :thumbup:


Arrrrgggg,pic never came out :lol:
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Re: Hill of Nigg and a fond farewell to the Year of the Sub

Postby Johnny Corbett » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:02 pm

Nice little story Graeme and a fine way to end the year out with the family doing a Sub 2000. I could do with getting took up a hill in one of those carriers :D . And the morale of the story for us all is don't knock the Subs, get out there and climb them :D
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Re: Hill of Nigg and a fond farewell to the Year of the Sub

Postby pollyh33 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:20 pm

Oh Graeme get used to that fed up look on Ailsa's face, you're going to be seeing a lot of that in the future :lol: :lol:
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Re: Hill of Nigg and a fond farewell to the Year of the Sub

Postby Graeme D » Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:05 pm

Thanks everyone! It appears that I cheated myself - I actually did 16 Sub2Ks in the Year of the Sub! :shock:
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Re: Hill of Nigg and a fond farewell to the Year of the Sub

Postby monty » Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:09 pm

Good stuff Graeme. Last year was just preparation for this year. So with all the hard work done this one should be a breeze. :D
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Re: Hill of Nigg and a fond farewell to the Year of the Sub

Postby dooterbang » Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:17 pm

That 1st photo is pure class Graeme - made me smile bigtime.

Great stuff and fitting end to what seems a rollercoaster year filled with stresses galore, glad you and the family have came through it and i look forward to many a Tr in 2012.

All the best to you and the family.
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Re: Hill of Nigg and a fond farewell to the Year of the Sub

Postby kevsbald » Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:30 am

Nice one Graeme - hope 2012 is a bit more settled and look forward to some more epics.
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Re: Hill of Nigg and a fond farewell to the Year of the Sub

Postby Bod » Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:56 am

Lovely wee report of a cracking family trip ..... Nice one Graeme, here's to 2012...:)
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Re: Hill of Nigg and a fond farewell to the Year of the Sub

Postby EmmaTowle » Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:33 am

And people wonder why Im scared of sheep! Look at them all staring at you. Evil!
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Re: Hill of Nigg and a fond farewell to the Year of the Sub

Postby rockhopper » Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:33 am

Certainly was an eventful year for Graeme - all the best for 2012 - cheers :D
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Re: Hill of Nigg and a fond farewell to the Year of the Sub

Postby ChrisW » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:29 am

Lovely wee report Graeme, nice to see little Ailsa out enjoying the day with Mum n Dad. Even better to see such archetypal shots of home. Now you've found it, keep that work life balance right and have the best of years through 2012 :D
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