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Gelder Shiel

Gelder Shiel

Postby Alastair S » Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:40 am

Date walked: 28/02/2010

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 201m

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Just a quick report on a walk I attempted at the end of February to contrast with the same territory just 3 weeks later. The plan was to see if I could get to the lochan in Lochnagar’s corrie from Easter Balmoral. In the end I only made it half way due to the depth of snow and lack of any views. On the way out meet a couple of folk battling their way out of the bothy at Gelder Shiel who had abandoned their earlier plans and on the way back some sensible folk on skis.

Glender Shiel from Balmoral (28-Feb-10).gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts

A late riser from the herd's bivouac

Deer fence around Gelder Shiel - not so effective when there is 5 feet of snow about

Gelder Shiel with Meikle Pap just visible

As as above, but from further away
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Re: Gelder Shiel

Postby mountain coward » Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:52 am

That's some depth of snow looking at that deer fence!! I've always wanted to go see Gelder Shiel - maybe we should organise a bothy trip there like the Tarf one? Is that a deer fawn? I would have thought it was far too early yet?
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