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A walk less Ord-inary

A walk less Ord-inary


Postby superstar_tradesman » Sun Dec 18, 2016 12:45 am

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Ord Ban

Date walked: 11/12/2016

Time taken: 0.5 hours

Distance: 2 km

Ascent: 170m

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After a cracking morning on Geal-charn Mor, I wasn't finished for the day, so decided to nip up Ord Ban on the other side of the valley. Rather than try anything too complicated, I decided to follow the route described at the end of the WH Loch an Eilein walk description.

So I pulled in to the main loch car park, paid my £1.50 and was heading past the white barn and up over the stile just after 2. The ascent was straightforward, following a faint path as it zigzagged up through very pleasant woodland.

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Loch an Eilein peeking through the trees


Eventually, it reaches the open heathery upper slopes, and after negotiating a slippy looking rock slab, the path leads more gently to Ord Ban's summit trig and accompanying giant boulder.

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Geal-charn Mor from the top of Ord Ban


As with so many smaller hills, it's a wonderful viewpoint, looking NW back to my morning hill, NE down the Spey past Aviemore, the Cairngorms still pretty hazy and the setting sun to the W.

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Looking N down the Spey to Aviemore

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Loch an Eilein and Rothiemurchus from atop the summit boulder


After a few photos, I retraced my steps back to the car, but not before a diversion down to the loch shores to catch the last of the daylight. A really enjoyable combination of hills for a mild snow-free December day.
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superstar_tradesman
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Re: A walk less Ord-inary

Postby dogplodder » Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:09 pm

Nice wee hill this one and when combined with the round of the loch it gives you your money's worth for the parking ticket. :D
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Re: A walk less Ord-inary

Postby superstar_tradesman » Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:12 pm

dogplodder wrote:Nice wee hill this one and when combined with the round of the loch it gives you your money's worth for the parking ticket. :D


Agreed—though on this occasion, it would have been dark by the time I'd got halfway round the loch :lol:
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