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Morrone before home - Besom Jimmy will keep for another day!

Morrone before home - Besom Jimmy will keep for another day!


Postby Graeme D » Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:37 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Morrone

Date walked: 12/08/2012

Time taken: 2.5 hours

Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 573m

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The Sunday of the Braemar meet and another solo walk as most people seemed to be heading for home or straight to the nearest A&E Department for an emergency double foot and liver transplant. Pioneering stuff indeed.

I was swithering - head north to Geallaig Hill, or maybe a bit further north to Mona Gowan and Morven; drive round to the duck pond and do Morrone; or simply head home. It was too nice for the latter option and again, I couldn't be bothered driving further north, so Morrone it was. I didn't fancy a straight up and down by the same route so I opted for the circular route.

I parked by the duckpond where I had spent a January night holed up in the car, and headed up the track towards the view indicator and the Morrone sign.

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Morrone across the duckpond

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Carn na Drochaide from the view indicator

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And Creag Bhalg from the same spot

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Signage points the way

From there it was a straightforward ascent on an increasingly broad track to the summit with its array of hardware.

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Braemar and Creag Choinnich

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Braemar and the River Dee from higher up

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Culardoch standing out

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Towards Beinn a' Bhuird and Ben Avon

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Summit mast in the distance

I caught up with the rear guard of a large group just before the summit, and when I got to the summit, it was standing room only as the majority of the group were already there.

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Catching the Aberdonians

I didn't fancy lingering, so I took a few pics and headed down the landrover access track to pick up the minor road near Auchallater.

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Loch Callater from the summit

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Cairngorms

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Summit radio relay hut

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It's hoaching on the other side of all that stuff!

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Starting the descent

About a third of the way down I met two men and two women who were the less adventurous members of the large group, who turned out to be an Aberdonian walking club. Fit like min!

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Looking back to the summit

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Down to Auchallater

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Onto the back road north to Braemar

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One last view this weekend to the tors of Ben Avon, constant landmarks over the last 3 days

Anyway, that was about that. Got back to the car and drove back down into Braemar and out onto the main road south, feeling just a little sad that another cracking meet was over. Cheers folks! Here's to many more. :D


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Re: Morrone before home - Besom Jimmy will keep for another

Postby SusieThePensioner » Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:13 pm

A nice uncomplicated walk to do before heading for home! :D
You get good views from there, enjoyed your photos :thumbup:
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Re: Morrone before home - Besom Jimmy will keep for another

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:43 am

Glad to see someone was still fit to walk after the meet :lol: I took the easier up and down option for this one, which was the way you came down :D
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Re: Morrone before home - Besom Jimmy will keep for another

Postby rockhopper » Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:17 pm

A nice walk Graeme - looks like you made the right decision not just to go straight home - cheers :)
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Re: Morrone before home - Besom Jimmy will keep for another

Postby basscadet » Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:29 am

Aye, that was a good effort to be bothered going out on the Sunday :wink:
Looks like it was worth it for the views :)
I have been over this one a few times.. If you are bussing it, the Morrone ridge is a good way to get into Glen Ey, and there are some good bivvy's further along in commanding positions above clunae water.. 8)
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Re: Morrone before home - Besom Jimmy will keep for another

Postby ChrisW » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:06 pm

Good to see you making the most of the weekend Graeme and squeezing in this little beauty on the way home, seeing the area around Braemar brings back lovely memories for me, I think I'm going to have to come back for a visit :wink:
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