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An Socach on a 'good day'

An Socach on a 'good day'


Postby Fife Flyer » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:00 pm

Route description: An Socach from Glen Clunie

Munros included on this walk: An Socach (Braemar)

Date walked: 23/03/2014

Time taken: 5.1 hours

Distance: 15.5 km

Ascent: 645m

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Where to start - the walk was planned on Friday to coincide with a decent weather window on a weekend, not that I am bothered :lol: Paul (Lightfoot) & myself decided on An Socach as it was on our doorstep, only 70 odd miles away :lol:
Chris (Jepsonscotland) had seen on here that we were planning to head north & asked for permission to accompany us & as we are very obliging we decided on a 9.45am meet.
The drive up to Glenshee was certainly different to the last time I drove up that way, no flooded roads & alot more traffic all heading up to the Glenshee slopes. It isn't very often that one sees so many vehicles in the huge car park at Glenshee.
Blue skies & 3deg at the start, all was looking good so off we set. There were about 5 other cars parked at the parking area, strange thing is we never saw any other walkers :o
We were all kitted out, umpteen layers, ice axes & crampons, which made my rucksack far heavier than I am used to :lol:
I will have to apologise to my fellow walkers, am not a happy bunny as I had a problem with the SD card in my camera, was able to see the photos on my camera but as soon as I removed the card into either my PC or laptop, I was dvised that the SD card was empty. To think I had some superb photos & I carried the camera up & down for nothing :( :(
The following photos have been supplied by Chris, which has involved plenty of saving & resizing :wink:

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Onwards & upwards

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Follow the footprints

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A Chris selfie


The initial walk along the track, over the bridge & across the burn was a doddle & we couldn't fathom out why it seemed to take an awful lot longer on the return :o The wind as we got higher, really picked up & every available bit of gear was donned on, I even tried to put on my waterproof leggings, only to find they they wouldn't go over my boots, so back in the rucksack for them. We were all making mental notes to ourselves as to what bit of kit we would of ideally liked. Paul has seen the light regarding walking poles, the last time we met he was unconverted, on this walk he was a one pole man & will be joining the converted, two poles are the way ahead :lol: I was regretting not bringing my balaclava & will be looking for some goggles before my next venture onto the white stuff. Chris was so well kitted out Paul & I were drooling & dribbling (mainly because of the wind really).
I am not sure we followed the WH route but we did occasionally come across boot prints, Paul did a cracking job leading the way up through the deep snow, it really is hard going.
The top layers of snow being picked up by the wind really was torture, Paul's description "it was like being sandblasted" really did sum up the experience.
The summit was reached quicker than we expected, 3 hours. So it was time for a few photos & then the fun of the descent began. There really is nothing like descending in snow, no matter how deep.
Back at the cars in just over 5 hours was a great effort, we had a cracking time. Thanks to Chris for the photo's, gutted to have lost mine :(
Paul's photo's will be added later, hint, hint :lol: :lol:
As if by magic here are Paul's efforts :lol:
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Paul with a clever 'selfie'

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Last edited by Fife Flyer on Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:49 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: An Socach on a 'good day'

Postby The Rodmiester » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:11 pm

Glad you made it! Pity about the photographs :(
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Re: An Socach on a 'good day'

Postby StevieC » Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:35 pm

Can you still see the photos on your camera? If so it sounds like you have saved the pics to the camera's internal memory rather than the SD card. There should be a way to get them off if you have the right cable, or there will be a way of transferring from camera memory to SD card.
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Re: An Socach on a 'good day'

Postby Fife Flyer » Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:40 pm

StevieC wrote:Can you still see the photos on your camera? If so it sounds like you have saved the pics to the camera's internal memory rather than the SD card. There should be a way to get them off if you have the right cable, or there will be a way of transferring from camera memory to SD card.

Unfortunately not, once both machines couldn't find any images I was given the option of scan & fix, I think you can guess the outcome :wink: The SD card has been sent to SD card heaven :lol:
Thanks for the offer of help anyway :clap:
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Re: An Socach on a 'good day'

Postby jepsonscotland » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:59 pm

Hi Martin,
Great job on the photos, considering you only had copies of camera phone pics. :clap:
Thank you very much for inviting me to tag along, it was great to meet you and Paul.
A cracking day in the sunshine, but very, very windy.
If only you could show wind in photos........................ :lol:
Such a shame about your photos, as that ice "sculpture" near the bottom on the way back was quite stunning to the naked eye and would have looked great on your camera.
Here's hoping for better luck this weekend...........................
Fingers, toes, eyes etc double crossed. :D
Chris
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Re: An Socach on a 'good day'

Postby Lightfoot2017 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:57 am

Fantastic wee report Martin. :clap: What an absolute bummer about your camera! :( :( How frustrating!! Still, the pics from the smart phones aren’t too bad. :D

Thanks again for an amazing day out on a lovely wee hill. Seems we catch either end of the spectrum, weather-wise…either melting hot :shock: or minus 15 wind-chill! :shock: Let’s see if we can’t manage a nice balmy 15-18degree dawnder next time, eh?! :lol:

Nice to buddy up with Chris too. He needs to come out of his shell, though….getting him to say anything was like pulling teeth! … :wink: :lol:

Hope you guys all have a fab weekend in Ullapool. Wishing you clear skies and fab views! :)
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