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Conachcraig from Crathie

Conachcraig from Crathie


Postby Alastair S » Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:47 am

Route description: Conachcraig and Gelder Shiel, from Balmoral

Corbetts included on this walk: Conachcraig

Date walked: 21/03/2010

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 21 km

Ascent: 639m

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Just three weeks after I cut short a walk to the base of Lochnagar due to deep snow I was out with my club (now a fully paid up member of the Granite City Hillwalkers) for a trip up Conachcraig using the same approach I gave up on earlier. Weather was also a lot better, giving good views of Lochnagar. Conachcraig isn’t much to shout about but its worth it for the views it gives all around and it has some interesting tors (not sure if the more Scottish “craig” covers this type of feature) on its summits. Only my third Corbett but by far the easiest. What I found more interesting was that we covered twice the distance I did 3 weeks earlier for just an additional 45 minutes.


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Lochnagar with Gelder Shiel trees in mid-distance


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Conachcraig from the North


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Approaching Conachcraig (South) summit


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Conachcraig (South) summit with clagged up Lochnagar behind


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Conachcraig cairn with Mount Keen behind


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The path back (looking North)


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Last view of clag free Lochnagar
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Re: Conachcraig from Crathie

Postby hills » Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:07 pm

Neat route that, better for me than the long drive to Glen Muick. :D
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Re: Conachcraig from Crathie

Postby Alastair S » Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:22 pm

I forgot to add a link to the similar walk I did 3 weeks earlier. So here it is: Gelder Shiel
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Re: Conachcraig from Crathie

Postby Paul Webster » Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:26 pm

I've been a few times to Lochnagar but never that way. My loss as it looks the best approach :thumbup:
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