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Mount Blair with wee bit snow

Mount Blair with wee bit snow


Postby ColinBrough » Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:12 pm

Route description: Mount Blair

Grahams included on this walk: Mount Blair

Date walked: 23/11/2017

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 4.5 km

Ascent: 388m

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Caught a wonderful, brief gap in the weather, and was looking for a walk I could do in a morning from Dundee.... Sat Nav took me up the back road via Kilry, rather than up Glen Isla - little more snowy/icy than I'd expected! Made it to the starting point without incident. Snow on the ground, with the longer tufts of grass showing through. Sunshine evident on the hills around - but since most of the walk is on the north side of Mount Blair, was in the shadow till a good way up. Hoping to get into the sunshine was a good spur on as I plodded up with hill.

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Looking back towards the road and car (at the edge of the trees)


The path up was reasonably easy to find - though I did lose it for a few hundred yards just below the fence/gate, but it was easy enough to follow the fence to the gate to regain my bearings. Above the gate the path was plain - no human footsteps ahead of me in the snow, but plenty of mountain hare tracks. Sadly didn't see any hares.

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Transmitter mast coming into view, and into the sunshine!


Getting into the sunshine 2/3 of the way up was a joy, and had a great if fairly short pause at the summit - the sunshine was almost warm! Very little wind, so a thoroughly pleasant day with absolutely stunning views...

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Looking north up Glen Shee


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New viewpoint with snow on it... looking towards Glen Shee


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Looking south towards Dundee/Perth


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Summit cairn in the snow


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Even the transmitter mast looks OK in the snow!


Descent was straightforward - a little muddy/slippy under the snow, so had to watch my footing on the way down. And didn't see anyone till I was back at the car and saw someone else clearly about to set out - not sure whether they were doing the same route, or tackling something else. Fab morning....
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Re: Mount Blair with wee bit snow

Postby anne mariecb » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:59 pm

Hey

That was probably me that you saw heading to do exactly what you had just completed, i did not see you though.

When i was heading up i thought how great it was that someone must have already been up it in the morning as i got to follow your footsteps, (great no navigation needed lol). So thanks for that made it a nice simple route up and i could see the more slippery bits coming back down then also.

I luckily got quite a bit of the sun, it must have made an appearance as you were finishing.

Great hill for in the snow, the views were fab. :D
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Re: Mount Blair with wee bit snow

Postby ColinBrough » Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:22 am

Glad to be of help!! You were by your car (taking selfies?) before setting off, it looked like - I was just driving away...
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Re: Mount Blair with wee bit snow

Postby anne mariecb » Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:00 pm

I do remember now a car going by as i was taking photos and getting sorted out to leave.
Yeh me taking selfies lol, terrible for it.
I take videos as well before i set off and during the walk as it makes for good memories.
You can never have too many photos or videos :lol:
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Re: Mount Blair with wee bit snow

Postby grumpy old bagger » Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:15 pm

Beautiful photos!
What a lovely country we live in. You had a cracking day for it!
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