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An Sgarsoch

An Sgarsoch


Postby Gavin99 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:17 pm

Route description: An Sgarsoch and Carn an Fhidhleir

Munros included on this walk: An Sgarsoch, Carn an Fhidhleir (Carn Ealar)

Date walked: 07/09/2013

Time taken: 10.25 hours

Distance: 42 km

Ascent: 1059m

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Most sane and sensible people use bicycles for this long route so it was no real surprise to find Pigeon and myself setting off at 6 in the morning from Linn of Dee on foot . One small outbreak of common sense meant that we were wearing trainers for the track section with boots tucked away for the hills and bogs later on .
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Early start
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It had been fairly wild overnight but by dawn the wind had dropped a bit although there were still plenty of heavy showers as we made our way along to White Bridge and then to the ruin at the meeting point of Bynack and Geldie Burn .
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Dawn at Bynack Burn


We had read warnings of a couple of awkward river crossings but thankfully the Allt Dhaidh Mor and the Geldie Burn were low and a bit of a hop skip and jump saw us across both of them .
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Allt Dhaidh Mor
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Crossing Geldie Burn


The trainers were definitely a good idea ,making the 12km to Geldie lodge fairly easy going and pain free .
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Geldie Lodge
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We had a bite to eat and changed into boots for the next stage which was basically upwards into the rain , cloud and wind .
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Onwards across the moor

A fine stalkers path led across the moor before we cut off to head for An Sgarsoch, hacking through long heather and bog before we gained some height and the going got a bit easier underfoot .
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Not happy , rain and wind .
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Happy , rain wind and cairn !

This was a bit of a slog but eventually we arrived at the summit , stopped for about two minutes then sped off westwards to try to get a bit of shelter . Things then got a whole lot cheerier when the cloud started to break and we could see the route ahead and even some blue sky above .
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Across to Carn an Fhidhleir


By the time we had crossed the bealach and started up Carn an Fhidhleir the sun was out and a pleasant stroll brought us to the summit with fine views all around .
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Pigeon on his final Cairngorm
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Enjoying the sunshine :)
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Hmm , that's actually quite a long way back !

The wind was still biting so a wee outcrop was found for shelter and a grand picnic of doughnuts ,vegetable samosas and pain au chocolat was consumed before we headed down to pick up the end of the stalkers path .
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On the path back to the lodge

Back at Geldie Lodge boots were swapped for trainers again and we set off on the long road home , stopping to give some left over goodies to a very friendly pony .
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Doughnut time .

About halfway back we were caught by a heavy shower so waterproofs on and heads down , thankfully by the time we reached White Bridge the sun was out again and it was a pleasant walk to Linn of Dee , meeting the first couple of folk we had seen all day .
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Linn of Dee getting closer
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Looking back , the two Munros in the distance

A great long walk this , even on a blustery day like we had . I think we were both amazed at how good our feet felt after wearing trainers for most of this , definitely the way to go if you can’t ride a bicycle!
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42k later ;)
Last edited by Gavin99 on Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:06 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: An Sgarsoch

Postby Gavin99 » Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:27 pm

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Re: An Sgarsoch

Postby Tomsie » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:27 pm

Used the bike when I done these, good idea bringing trainers if your not cycling in. Least ye got a few views for the effort.
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Re: An Sgarsoch

Postby smudger71 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:17 pm

We felt so sorry for that Horse when we passed that way a year ago...why would it be kept so far away from civilisation? it seemed delighted to see us when we approached!!! I am sure every walker that passes by feeds it with lots of treats though!

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Re: An Sgarsoch

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:21 pm

smudger71 wrote:We felt so sorry for that Horse when we passed that way a year ago...why would it be kept so far away from civilisation? it seemed delighted to see us when we approached!!! I am sure every walker that passes by feeds it with lots of treats though!

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That was my thought as well when i passed it last month although on my way out there was a Landrover there with it getting tended to. Good effort guys walking that track. Just out of interest how long was the walk in to the Lodge?
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Re: An Sgarsoch

Postby Gavin99 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:58 pm

RTC wrote:It used to be possible to do these hills by driving up Glen Tilt to Forest Lodge from Blair Athol. I think it cost £2 which was left in an honesty box at the castle. Must try it from Linn of Dee some day by your route.

Yes , lots of nice but long routes to these hills . I must go exploring in Glen Tilt a bit more , Marble Lodge is as far as I've been .

Tomsie wrote:Used the bike when I done these, good idea bringing trainers if your not cycling in. Least ye got a few views for the effort.

Cheers Tomsie , It would have been a long miserable day if the rain had stayed for the duration

smudger71 wrote:We felt so sorry for that Horse when we passed that way a year ago...why would it be kept so far away from civilisation? it seemed delighted to see us when we approached!!! I am sure every walker that passes by feeds it with lots of treats though!

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He is in a lonely spot , maybe he's just kept there for the stalking season or something ? I'm sure he gets lots of attention and goodies from walkers , definitely the friendliest horse I've ever met :D

Johnny , according to the times on my photos it took 2hours 10 on the way there and 2 hours 25 on the return , 12.5km each way . If that makes sense :crazy:
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Re: An Sgarsoch

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:18 pm

Johnny , according to the times on my photos it took 2hours 10 on the way there and 2 hours 25 on the return , 12.5km each way . If that makes sense :crazy:[/quote]

Cheers for that and very interesting timings as i was 1 hour in and 35mins out on my bike. The track appears to be reasonably level but i put my times down to the wind. Maybe yours was weary legs :crazy:
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Re: An Sgarsoch

Postby pigeon » Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:51 pm

Ah who needs bikes? :lol:
Johnny ,Gav would have been quicker on the way back if he hadn't kept waiting for me :lol: He's the fastest walker i've seen :shock:
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Re: An Sgarsoch

Postby Collaciotach » Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:09 pm

nice one ..... aye poor pony!

Nearly there now Scoob :clap:
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Re: An Sgarsoch

Postby Bod » Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:50 pm

Lovely pony right enough :D Well done the pair of you, great effort :D :D :clap:
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Re: An Sgarsoch

Postby Gavin99 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:19 am

pigeon wrote:Ah who needs bikes? :lol:

Me. I'm going to ask Santa for one :wink:

Collaciotach wrote:nice one ..... aye poor pony!
Nearly there now Scoob :clap:

Aye , the two of them are nearly there now 8)

Bod wrote:Lovely pony right enough :D Well done the pair of you, great effort :D :D :clap:

Cheers Bod , you'll like this walk when you get around to it . Bring extra food for the wee horse :D
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Re: An Sgarsoch

Postby basscadet » Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:28 am

Och good effort.. :clap: A long way for heathery lumps I thought :D
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Re: An Sgarsoch

Postby Morecambe Monkey » Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:48 pm

Ouch that's a big day out. The samosas sounded good though.
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Re: An Sgarsoch

Postby Gavin99 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:56 pm

basscadet wrote:Och good effort.. :clap: A long way for heathery lumps I thought :D

Yes , no place to go if you're looking for excitement , lovely and peaceful though 8)

Morecambe Monkey wrote:Ouch that's a big day out. The samosas sounded good though.

The high point of the day so they were :D
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