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An Socach from Baddock

An Socach from Baddock


Postby jonathan - norfolk » Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:17 am

Munros included on this walk: An Socach (Braemar)

Date walked: 12/07/2014

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 17 km

Ascent: 746m

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Ascended from Baddock, used my hybrid bike along the track to the obvious “don’t even think about crossing this on a bike” ford. A clear path going westwards up the hillside can be seen from this point. This goes up alongside the Allt Coire Fhearneasg before trending WSW towards the obvious cairn. This is a boggy, largly pathless, area but once the ridge is gained a path appears and the going is much easier. The ridge is then followed along to An Socach 944m, via East top 938m. In good weather this is probably very straightforward, but in poor visibility and rain some care with navigation needed to be taken. By the time the summit was reached the weather was really foul with heavy rain and strong winds, as well as low visibility. From the col between the two summits the Allt Booruiche drops off quickly to the SSE. Although initially it looks unpromising, there is a clear path on the far (east) side. This was followed, initially steeply, down in order to quickly get out of the worst of the weather. The angle of the path soon eased and led down easily to the estate track which was followed back to Baddock (collecting my bike on the way, which really speeded up the descent!)
Weather: wet and windy, with visibility down to 20m.
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