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A very White Blackcraig

A very White Blackcraig


Postby trekpete » Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:16 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Blackcraig Hill

Donalds included on this walk: Blackcraig Hill

Date walked: 28/03/2013

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Date: 28/3/13
Hills:Blackcraig Hill
Present: Just me
Weather: Sunny start before clouding over. Baltic wind on summit.
Distance: 3.39mls approx.
Ascent 1459ft approx.
Walking:3hrs 50mins. At least 1hr loafing included. Forgot my GPS :lol:


The recent snowfall and a few hours spare after work I thought it was about time I had a walk up Blackcraig Hill at New Cumnock.

Blackcraig Hill from Glen Afton.
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Got parked up in the small parking area on the track leading to Blackcraig farm and I was underway by 16.40pm. Just before the buildings I crossed over a corrugated bridge and into a field and followed the footprints in the snow, which I believe were left by a bloke I work with at times. I had spoken to him earlier in the day and he said he had been up on the Sunday.

Follow the footprints.
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Loads of drifted snow about.
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Craigbraneoch Hill.
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More drifts along the way.
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It was a nice night but my god the snow was a bugger at times. Sun on it all day had softened it up and I was going knee deep at times so it was a slow plod.

Blackcraig Hill.
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Nice wind-blown patterns on the way up.
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I reached the steep section and thankfully the snow was a good bit firmer and it was easy going kicking steps on the way up.

Looking back down to the start of Glen Afton.
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Across to Hare Hill.
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After the steep section the angle of ascent relents but it was still fairly tough walking through tussocks and soft snow again. I also lost the sun behind a bank of cloud now.

Hare Hill again.
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One of several cairns around the summit plateau area.
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Summit Trig.
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A bit of movement caught my eye. The Mouse got the fright of its life when it saw me.
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A Baltic summit pose 8) .
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It was pretty windy on the summit and probably the coldest I have felt all winter. Still managed a bit of loafing to get some photies mind you.

Nice light out west.
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Ailsa Craig.
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Looking n/w towards Kilmarnock.
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Across to Cairnsmore of Carspharn and The Rhinns of Kells.
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The sun drops below the cloud cover.
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At 18.40pm I thought I better start heading down as the sun had sunk below a cloud bank again and I was not going to get any pink light. When I got back to the steep section I started heel plunging but after a couple of meters it was too firm, so I had to put the crampons on for 10mins.

Light was fading fast.
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Final look back up to Blackcraig.
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A cracking wee walk at the end of a rather boring day at work :D :D :D .
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Re: A very White Blackcraig

Postby soulminer » Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:57 pm

A hill with memories - my 1st summit camp, only 11yo :lol: Used to stay in New Cumnock, so have a fair knowledge of the area -walking,fishing etc- left for Johnstone in 1977 :) There is some good walking around Ayrshire. There are also some grand areas for photography, and I see you have taken advantage of some 8)
Cheers.
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