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In the clag, but one in the bag

In the clag, but one in the bag


Postby jonny616 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:24 am

Route description: An Socach from Glen Clunie

Munros included on this walk: An Socach (Braemar)

Date walked: 10/01/2012

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 15.5 km

Ascent: 645m

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The meeting of the midweek sneaky peak club was a solo today as no one else could come out to play. :( Had this as a possible target, as it looked straight forward which is what I like if on my own.
Left Glasgow bright & sparky to ensure I was away before the traffic malarkey that gubs the M77 & M8 every morning had started.
Part of the reason for the choice was that MWIS had said that there may be sunshine in Glenshee. Great I will be able to use 'shee shee shine on' as the tittle for my walk report. :lol:
Not so the whole area shrouded in clag. :( Was missing GLW. Walked with him three times, & always with a vew. :lol:
Found the start easily as it’s the first track that you see once past the ski centre. The first gate was locked so a wee climb over & follow the track. I had read that the track goes over the river by bridge & then later fords it. Thought about following the bank before the bridge to save getting wet, but the river takes a huge loop so stuck with the track. Which was just as well because it’s a tributary you wade through not the river itself.
Take a photo of said river, put on my water proof trousers, poles out & through we go. Success only a slight trickle running down my ankle. Just after the track you break onto the hillside. Time for another photo. ‘Were the feck is my camera. Back across the river, still dry, camera not there. Back across the river, a bit wet looked around nothing. Back to the river & sure enough there it was right in the middle, got quite wet retrieving it.B*ll*cks. :thumbdown: :thumbdown: :thumbdown: :sick:
The point to leave the track is obvious as there is a large wet boggy section that all WH aficionados will instantly recognise as ‘path’. :lol: Just before you cross the river you can see the cairn mentioned in the notes for this walk, but once you’re of the track it disappears for about 10 mins. Time to start on a bearing. Up I go. Mixed snow, heather & bog. Stopped at the cairn for a wee coffee, new bearing onwards & upwards. More snow now but the crust just not firm enough for my weight banding. :lol: Bit of a slog as the snow was deep in parts. The ridge walk I am sure would be a joy if you could see anything. The wind was pretty strong in the old sense of strong wind & the chance of light drizzle started, but cleverly disguised as driving rain. :( Did not last long though. Head down over the east top & continue to the summit. Did not hang about but straight back the way I came. Good few bum slides made for a quick descent. Stopped at the lower cairn for lunch & by the time I was as the track the sun was out, so the walk back to the car was very pleasant. Looked at the sun kissed heather that will make a lovely picture oh b*ll*ocks.
A great wee walk this which I did enjoy in spite the clag & my wrecked camera.
I will add the three photos I took once retrieved hopefully.
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Re: In the clag, but one in the bag

Postby Stretch » Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:57 am

Two away from the century mark Jonny!!! Any ideas where you'll go for that occasion?
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Re: In the clag, but one in the bag

Postby jonny616 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:08 pm

Stretch wrote:Two away from the century mark Jonny!!! Any ideas where you'll go for that occasion?


Not sure just yet. Hope to get out for a single next tuesday & then i am out with friends the following sunday weather permiting.
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Re: In the clag, but one in the bag

Postby LeithySuburbs » Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:19 pm

One of may favourite "default" hills when I cannae be ersed driving further. The ridge can be enjoyably followed pretty much all the way to Braemar (although the heather gets a bit deeper past Sgor Mor).

Good to hear you enjoyed your day anyway :) .
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Re: In the clag, but one in the bag

Postby jonny616 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:16 pm

LeithySuburbs wrote:One of may favourite "default" hills when I cannae be ersed driving further. The ridge can be enjoyably followed pretty much all the way to Braemar (although the heather gets a bit deeper past Sgor Mor).

Good to hear you enjoyed your day anyway :) .


I can see why. I would do it again, especially if i could see :lol:
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Re: In the clag, but one in the bag

Postby rocket-ron » Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:08 pm

well done jonny
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Re: In the clag, but one in the bag

Postby pollyh33 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:20 pm

Fantastic tale Jonny!

Loved it :clap:
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Re: In the clag, but one in the bag

Postby SusieThePensioner » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:56 pm

Enjoyed your report but such a bummer with your camera :D

Looking forward to photos when you do this again and perhaps in better weather :lol:
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Re: In the clag, but one in the bag

Postby jonny616 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:03 pm

rocket-ron wrote:well done jonny


Cheers Ron
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Re: In the clag, but one in the bag

Postby jonny616 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:05 pm

pollyh33 wrote:Fantastic tale Jonny!

Loved it :clap:


Thanks Polly.
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Re: In the clag, but one in the bag

Postby jonny616 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:06 pm

SusieThePensioner wrote:Enjoyed your report but such a bummer with your camera :D

Looking forward to photos when you do this again and perhaps in better weather :lol:


Still keeping my fingers crossed that the fairy camera godmother is nursing it back to health :lol:
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Re: In the clag, but one in the bag

Postby ChrisW » Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:10 am

Great stuff Jonny, absolute shocker about the camera though, pity the weather didn't play ball as its beautiful up there in the sunshine....maybe next time eh :D
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Re: In the clag, but one in the bag

Postby jonny616 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:07 pm

ChrisW wrote:Great stuff Jonny, absolute shocker about the camera though, pity the weather didn't play ball as its beautiful up there in the sunshine....maybe next time eh :D


Cheers Chris
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Re: In the clag, but one in the bag

Postby gammy leg walker » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:09 pm

Heh...........you stealing my TR headings mate :lol:

Nice & timley report,was hoping to get this one myself soon,but may need to wait & see.
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Re: In the clag, but one in the bag

Postby jonny616 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:11 pm

So as far as taking pics is concerned my camera is no more :(

Did manage to retrieve the pics i had taken though :)
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From the parking area
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Looking up the Glen from the bridge
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Camera killer!!!!!
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