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All on Morrone

All on Morrone


Postby PeteR » Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:13 pm

Route description: Morrone ascent, Braemar

Corbetts included on this walk: Morrone

Date walked: 28/10/2013

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So this was the third and final day of my long weekend walking. Having enjoyed two days on Ben Wyvis and Ben Klibreck I decided on a quick Corbett on the route home. The forecast suggested it was looking good for the Braemar area, so I decided on a quick trip up Morrone was called for :D

Initially things didn’t look good as I drove up and over the Devil’s Elbow, in a misty, claggy rain :( By the time I parked up at the large car park on the edge of the village though, while it was still overcast, at least the drizzle seemed to be away.

This is a nice easy route, following an initially way-marked route up to a view point and sign post. From there it was an easy path to the summit, with good views back to Braemar and the promise of good views back toward the main Cairngorm plateau as well as the hills of the Mounth. Well, if the cloud would just lift a bit :?
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The initial track

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The signpost

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The next section of track

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Autumnal view back toward Braemar

Higher up the path deteriorated into an ugly eroded scar and, as with the previous two days, the wind was up :lol:
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Not such a good track now, but a nice view back toward Ben Avon

By the time I hit the summit and the delights of the radio relay hut and mast the wind was well and truly up and quite frankly it was freezing up there.
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Mmmmmm, lovely summit "stuff"

Ugly as it was the relay hut did at least give me some shelter I did meet one other walker heading down off the summit as I arrived, but other than that I didn’t see a soul on the hill.

And as if a switch had been flicked, just as I arrived at the summit the cloud was lifting, giving me the views of the surrounding hills I had hoped for :D :D
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But great views from the summit, despite the mess up there

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Loch Callater

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Ben Avon and Beinn a'Bhuird

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Ben Avon

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Beinn a'Bhuird

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River Dee

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The Dee (zoomed)

Eventually though I had to leave the safety and shelter of the hut and expose myself to the worst of the wind :shock:

Rather than retrace my route up I opted for the snaking hill track over the 824 point and down to the single track road back to the village. Made for a good little circuit and I was blessed with Lochnagar finally peeking out from behind the cloud :D
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Lochnagar

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Looking back the summit on the way down

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Panoramic shot back to the Cairngorms

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Ben Avon and Beinn a'Bhuird again

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Toward the Sneck

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Lochnagar

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The walk back

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Ben Avon

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Ben Avon tors

From start to finish this took me a few minutes over three hours by the time I arrived back at the car :D It was still early, so maybe I still had the chance to sneak a cheeky wee wan on the drive home....... :wink:
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Re: All on Morrone

Postby Graeme D » Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:44 pm

Lovely autumnal pics Pete.
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