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Sun, Sleet,Fog and turnaround on Dunrig Attempt

Sun, Sleet,Fog and turnaround on Dunrig Attempt

Postby rdtoward21 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:03 pm

Donalds included on this walk: Birkscairn Hill

Date walked: 16/09/2012

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 17 km

Ascent: 661m

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Checked the forecast prior to setting off for Peebles and decided it didnt look to bad. On Arrival in Peebles the sun was shinning and the wind didnt seem to bad.

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Got our gear sorted and headed out on what was to hopefully be a lovely long day in the hills without another soul in sight.

The track was well defined and very easy to follow. Dunrig was a hill that had been on my list for awhile and as we settled into our stride I was pleased to be on my way to ticking it off!!!

The views of Peebles and the surrounding area started to open up nicely
View towards Peebles

View across the Valley

Our Target

Kirkhope Law Cairn

Birkscain Hill Cairn

However as with all things in life, uncertainty remains. The weather started to turn after Kirkhope Law and the horizon begain to darken as an empending storm approached us. Wet weather gear was quickly put on and the walk continued until the sleet/ Hail started to fall and the fog rolled in bringing the visibilty to near nothing. The wind speed increased considerably and we decided to trun for home, Dunrig could wait till a better day.

Howver within an hour of turning round and heading back the sun was out.
Stunning Rainbow after the storm had passed!!

All in all a good walk but one for a long summer day.
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Re: Sun, Sleet,Fog and turnaround on Dunrig Attempt

Postby hills » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:54 pm

The wind has been awful recently, its a very long walk to do the whole circuit, one im looking forward to doing sometime.
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Re: Sun, Sleet,Fog and turnaround on Dunrig Attempt

Postby LeithySuburbs » Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:09 pm

A route I always enjoy - the best of the Borders :D
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