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Snowy Whitehope Law
by wjshaw2 » Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:22 pm
Donalds included on this walk: Whitehope Law
Date walked: 21/03/2013
Time taken: 3.5 hours
Distance: 5.6 km
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A very snowy day, but with none falling and patchy blue skies, this looked like it was going to be a lovely walk. And it was, but my hopes to carry on to Blackhope Scar along the ridge dissolved fairly quickly as it was slow going with ankle-thigh deep snow, none of which was quite frozen enough to support my weight. Oh to be a mountain hare skipping along the surface...mind you, this is a grouse moor so I suspect the farmer thinks hares are his enemies: nasty tick infested things.
But having parked by the B709 I was soon getting lovely views.
The snow did start to have a frozen crust towards the top, but only rarely so that it could support me so it was a foot deep slog to the top. A good slog.
The wind picked up heading for the top bringing a light drifting of snow and chilling my face to the point of balaclava-neediness for the first time this winter.
The top reached, photos were taken and second layer of gloves applied.
I headed off to do some of the ridge towards Blackhope Scar getting as far as the 607m lump.
A little further on I decided that there was little point in tramping along the ridge much further so decided to descend by about the steepest slope around. Which was fun. I restrained my urge to sledge...
And back to the car, meeting a hard working shepherd on the way, struggling to feed his sheep. Even his dogs looked like they would prefer to be indoors.
Another Donald climbed, again on a slightly shorter route than I'd hoped. I daresay the bogs would put you off getting all the way to Blackhope Scar in the summer, but I will do that all one day. Perhaps traverse all the Moorfoot Donalds in one go...?
by hills » Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:36 am
by The Rodmiester » Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:14 am
by wjshaw2 » Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:05 am
by gmr82 » Sat Mar 23, 2013 11:49 am
You had some not bad weather at points, looks like white cloud and blue sky in some . Hopefully the snow will have frozen enough to support my weight whenever I do make it
by Johnny Corbett » Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:59 pm
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