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A royal ascent of An Socach

A royal ascent of An Socach


Postby njcuthbert » Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:32 pm

Route description: An Socach from Glen Clunie

Munros included on this walk: An Socach (Braemar)

Date walked: 14/01/2012

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 16 km

Ascent: 640m

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First of all a few of my colleagues and friends have embarked on training for a charity challenge taking place in May of this year, so I thought I'd get the shameless plug in early: visit our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/13in24 to find out more and, if you wish, sponsor us at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/13in24.

Anyway this was the first training walk for the challenge and an easy break in to the training. We set off from the deen on what was to be a beautiful crisp winters day, and parked up at the lay-by beside the forest near Baddoch in Glen Clunie. We climbed up to the Sgor Mor and began our traverse across the An Socach ridge. Most of the hard work was done and at this point some cracking views of the surrounding hills opened up.

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View west

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Views towards Glenshee with the masts on top of the Cairnwell easily spotted.

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View north west towards the Cairngorms


After a quick bite to eat we continued on our way to the target of the day An Socach. When we reached the summit, we had lunch and took in the breathtaking scenery, did I say it was a beautiful day!!
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Views on the way to the summit towards the Cairgorms

We then descended toward the path that runs parallel with Baddoch burn where we met a Royal Rambler, the Prince of Wales. We didn't stop to chat but a quick hello to the next in line to the throne was a great end to the day. After negotiating a few tricky burns we made it back to the cars just as the sun was setting, a great day was had by all.
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Our descent route

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The 13in24 Team negotiate one of the many burns
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Re: A royal ascent of An Socach

Postby SMRussell » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:04 pm

Ah-ha! We were out on the same day and bumped into you lot! I'm the girl that knew Jane from our school days! This was my take on events:
http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=17918
Small, small world! We didn't see any royalty though - just nearly wrecked the camcorder!
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Re: A royal ascent of An Socach

Postby 2dalmatians » Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:02 pm

Great report no and some seriously superb pics! Dont know how i missed it. Why only one other post I don't know :? :? :? ???
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Re: A royal ascent of An Socach

Postby 2dalmatians » Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:59 pm

Again why so few posts??! Come on folks... Show your appreciation! :)
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Re: A royal ascent of An Socach

Postby njcuthbert » Fri May 11, 2012 8:26 pm

2dalmatians wrote:Again why so few posts??! Come on folks... Show your appreciation! :)


Thanks very much 2dalmations! Heading back to that area tomorrow. :D
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Re: A royal ascent of An Socach

Postby dooterbang » Fri May 11, 2012 8:47 pm

Nice to see what its like with some snow on top. i did this the other week and enjoyed it. The walk down the Glen is lovely.

Thanks for posting.
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Re: A royal ascent of An Socach

Postby Johnny Corbett » Fri May 11, 2012 9:18 pm

Good stuff folks and some nice photos. Good luck :thumbup:
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