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Shepherds hill with the dogs

Shepherds hill with the dogs


Postby Beaner001 » Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:38 pm

Corbetts included on this walk: Meall a'Bhuachaille

Date walked: 07/12/2014

Time taken: 3.5 hours

Distance: 10.07 km

Ascent: 662m

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Dad and I arranged to do a hill walk today and the initial plan had been to do a couple of Corbetts around Drumochter, however the snow was dinging down going over the A9 and we did not want to get the car stuck so we about turned and went back to Aviemore to do the fine Corbett Meall a’Bhuachaille.
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Poor weather coming over Drumochter


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We managed to get parked at the end of the road beside Glenmore Lodge and walked along Ryvoan Pass. It was a lovely winter’s day and the snow was not too deep so we made good time. The pine trees held snow on them and the dogs had great fun diving around.
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Start of the walk through Ryvoan Pass

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Dogs having fun

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Loonies swimming In the green loch

Stopped at the Green Loch where the dogs went in for a swim, even though it must have been freezing. Loonies.
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Nethy bridge route for us

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Path was cycle able, a few cyclists past us

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Snow balls sticking to Roys fur

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Lochy enjoying the snow

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Chalamain gap above Dads head in the distance

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Zoomed in version

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Ryvoan Bothy

We carried on to Ryvoan Bothy and took a left up the hillside to the start of the fairly steep climb uphill. The path is excellent but the snow made it slippy in places. The hillside offered great views into the Cairngorms.
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Looking back to Chalamain gap again

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Looking back down path to the bothy

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Bynack More (my first ever Munro) in the distance

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Moody looking Cairngorms

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Brightening up Cairngorms

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Bynack More Clearing, Ben Avon on the left in distance

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All the dogs

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And again

We made the top reasonably quickly and hunkered down in the summit cairn to drink warm soup and have a sanner.
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Summit in view

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Loch Morlich

We decided to head on over to Creagan Gorm to see if we could see Boat of Garten but the mist was down looking that way so no such luck.
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Summit Creagan Gorm

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Last one of the Moody Cairngorms from Creagan Gorm

We decided to leave Craigowrie and returned to the bealach between Meall a’Bhuachaille and Creagan Gorm and descend back down the path to the road into Glenmore lodge. A nice easy intro to the winter season but will deffo need to dawn the 4 season boots as the summer boots did not give enough grip. We had a very enjoyable day which gave great views into the Monadh Ruadh.
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Re: Shepherds hill with the dogs

Postby martin.h » Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:51 pm

Nice one Matthew the photo's show the mood of the weather really well, we just wish we lived closer to the Highlands so we could take advantage of the weather at short notice. The dogs looked like they enjoyed it, even
though they must have a couple of slates loose in their heads, mind you, dogs and water.....................!!!! :roll:
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Re: Shepherds hill with the dogs

Postby Beaner001 » Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:36 pm

martin.h wrote:Nice one Matthew the photo's show the mood of the weather really well, we just wish we lived closer to the Highlands so we could take advantage of the weather at short notice. The dogs looked like they enjoyed it, even
though they must have a couple of slates loose in their heads, mind you, dogs and water.....................!!!! :roll:


Yes they are defo missing a screws Marts haha. Your right we are very lucky we have so many options for mountains within a reasonable distance :D
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Re: Shepherds hill with the dogs

Postby dogplodder » Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:28 pm

One of my favourite local hills this one - great for kids and dogs alike! I'm not sure my two would have voluntarily swum in the Green Lochan this weather (well Tess would have if I threw a stick in but she's obsessive complulsive when it comes to sticks) so I'm concluding springers are even more bonkers than labs when it comes to water! :lol:
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Re: Shepherds hill with the dogs

Postby litljortindan » Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:58 pm

Looks like you made a good choice. Maybe one for the spring for me.
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Re: Shepherds hill with the dogs

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:05 pm

That looks great :clap: - its a hill that we've been meaning to head up for a while now - perhaps over the holidays - if we can get some control of our house guests - 2 extra spaniels :lol: :lol:
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Re: Shepherds hill with the dogs

Postby Beaner001 » Tue Dec 16, 2014 4:36 pm

dogplodder wrote:One of my favourite local hills this one - great for kids and dogs alike! I'm not sure my two would have voluntarily swum in the Green Lochan this weather (well Tess would have if I threw a stick in but she's obsessive complulsive when it comes to sticks) so I'm concluding springers are even more bonkers than labs when it comes to water! :lol:


Haha, yes they do love water, in it at every opportunity. It's a great wee hill and not a huge trek but gives that sense of wilderness. Super views too :D

Huff_n_Puff wrote:That looks great :clap: - its a hill that we've been meaning to head up for a while now - perhaps over the holidays - if we can get some control of our house guests - 2 extra spaniels :lol: :lol:


Its a good one for winter, not sure about trying to shepherd 4 Spaniels though haahaa :lol:

litljortindan wrote:Looks like you made a good choice. Maybe one for the spring for me.


Yeah it was a great wee hill for the time we had :D
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Re: Shepherds hill with the dogs

Postby jonny616 » Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:30 pm

I love that hill and the whole area. Camp there at least once a year with the family. Cheers 8)
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Re: Shepherds hill with the dogs

Postby Sarah86 » Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:49 pm

Everything looks so pretty covered in snow but your dogs are brave going in the water, must have been freezing!
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