by Merry-walker » Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:27 pm
Route description: Mount Blair
Grahams included on this walk: Mount Blair
Date walked: 14/12/2010
Time taken: 2 hours
Distance: 3.5 km
Ascent: 381mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
The road up Glen Isla was pretty good and well clear of snow. Parked up at 15404 64209 in a lay by.
Headed back along the B951 road towards a wooden gate on the right just past the trees leading on to the hill. After going through the gate I had only gone a short way to find myself sinking into the biggest bog and soggy snow so decided to sludge my way back to the road to head along and find a different gate to go through where the ground was a lot firmer.
Went through a metal gate at 16335 64611, and with Mez now off her lead, we headed on up towards Mount Blair.
The ground was hard with some ice patches. There was still snow dotted around here and there and roughly a foot deep in some parts. However, it was quite compact and easy enough to walk on. Like walking on firm crunchy marsh mellows. I didn’t need my spikes for even where the ice lay on the path, I skirted around it easily enough.
About half way up, there’s a long fence which appeared from my left with another metal gate at 16308 63750. I wasn’t sure whether to go through or carry on up on this side as the fence seemed to head in roughly the direction I wanted to go but after a compass/map check, it seemed best to go through.
From this point it became slightly more icey but the going was still good and not too steep.
After a total of an hour’s climbing, we reached the summit.
Some views from the top.
Mez (Long name - Merry)
After exploring and a quick slurp of coffee, we headed home.
Mount Blair, a sweet hill...
by Gable Gable End » Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:42 pm
by dooterbang » Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:32 pm
Merry-walker wrote:Like walking on firm crunchy marsh mellows.
WOW!!. I gotta try that
Another hobby of yours merrywalker ?
Nice report, some cracking photos.
I'm away to the shops for some firm crunchy marsh mallows....
by LeithySuburbs » Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:43 pm
Merry-walker wrote:it would have been unsafe and very unwise to walk on only an hour’s sleep!
not to mention driving to the walk .
Some nice photos here MW - good colours . Nae need for the antenna spoiling the summit but what can you do ?
by IainG » Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:51 pm
Out of interest, looking at your track log on the GPS, was the path marked on the OS map the boggy route you turned back from?
by Merry-walker » Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:13 pm
It is a shame about the antenna, Leithy. I did think about taking some tinsel and glittery balls to decorate it.....
Doots, you really should try the marsh mellows although something tells me you already have
Gable, a highly superb hill
by dooterbang » Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:17 pm
Merry-walker wrote:Doots, you really should try the marsh mellows although something tells me you already have
I have , but it was them soft gooey ones ....i want the firm crispy ones
by Merry-walker » Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:26 pm
by malky_c » Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:44 pm
Nice photos, and looks like an enjoyable day out. Funny that despite the snow lying right down by the road, there is less on the summit than when I was up there in late October.
by Merry-walker » Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:46 pm
by rockhopper » Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:12 am
Merry-walker wrote:Mez (Long name - Merry)
Now I understand where your name merry walker comes from..........and there was me thinking it had something to do with alcohol and all along it was about walking the dog
by davetherave » Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:36 am
Will have another look at this report when I get home fae work . Not the same viewing reports on a small screen phone.
Get the walks in early seems a good idea for the week, we all know what's coming
by Wanderlust » Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:50 am
by Graeme D » Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:24 pm