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Braemar meet on our lonesome.(new years day)

Braemar meet on our lonesome.(new years day)


Postby davetherave » Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:30 pm

Route description: Culardoch and Creag an Dail Bheag, Keiloch

Corbetts included on this walk: Creag an Dail Bheag, Culardoch

Date walked: 01/01/2011

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 23 km

Ascent: 920m

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sDate. Saturday. 1st January 2011 (New years day)
Completed by. Dave, Julie and Wilson
Weather. Clear at times, snow flurries. Very cold on summits
Time. 7hrs
Distance. 23 km
Ascent. 920 m
Hills.
Munro’s x 0
Corbett’s x 2
Grahams x 0

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Culardoch and Carn Liath

Starting from.

Keiloch car park

Due to the Braemar meet being cancelled because of the weather conditions mid December, we decided that New years day would be as good a day as any to get the above hills completed.

We were at The Spittal of Glenshee walking the day before. Conditions were good on the hills and the roads, that was when we decided on walking rather than drinking. Haha.

I stuck with the route I had roughly planned when the Braemar meet thread was 1st launched. It was a fairly big route for this time of year, but the ascent was less than 1000m and the forecast looked reasonable.

Got started earlier than the day before, we had to because this was a bigger round. Left Keiloch car park at 9.30am and had broke the legs in by the time we reached Invercauld House.

We headed north for approx 6km, just past Tom na h Eirig 606m, weather looked like it might clear to give good views of the surrounding hills, but it never really happened.

On the OS map it shows a hut south of Bealach Dearg. We headed NE 300m/400m prior to the hut straight for the summit. I fitted my crampons at 700m, but could quite easily put them on much sooner.
The wind had picked up near Tom na h Eirig, and once our 1st summit was reached it was bloody perishing. Extremely cold and no views we quickly moved on.

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Culardoch Views

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Towards Carn Liath

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Ben Avon

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Julie ascending Carn Liath

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looking towards Lochnagar from Carn Liaths summit

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Back to Culardoch from Carn Liaths summit

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drystane dyke we followed. Lochnagar behind

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Morrone

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For Kevsbald's desktop.

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dyke leads you to the summit.



We dropped down to the Bealach Dearg and prepared for the 250m climb. There were plenty nice steep bits to play on, some mini ice fields that got the leg muscles working. On reaching the summit you could just see in the distance the true summit. A slow arc round the hill on good ground would soon have us at Carn Liath’s cairn.

From the summit we followed a drystane dyke all the way to the forest that sits south of Craig a Chait. We then exited the woods slightly NW of Invercauld House. Leaving a nice walk back to the car.
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Re: Braemar meet on our lonesome.(new years day)

Postby dooterbang » Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:07 pm

Nice report Dave (jools) :)

Brilliant photo of the big doggy :)

Looks like you had loads of fun.

Hapy New Year.
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Re: Braemar meet on our lonesome.(new years day)

Postby Merry-walker » Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:24 pm

Well Dave.... I am officially not talking to you now :lol: :lol: :lol:

The meet wasn't cancelled for me, I was the only crazy lass that hiked up there.

Brillo pics and report, it sure looks a great walk. :)
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Re: Braemar meet on our lonesome.(new years day)

Postby rockhopper » Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:08 pm

Nice report and photos dave - must be great to have a coat like wilson's as it looks very cold and windswept :D
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Re: Braemar meet on our lonesome.(new years day)

Postby Alastair S » Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:36 am

Good effort Dave. Love the photos of Wilson - must be like having a mobile anemometer :lol:
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Re: Braemar meet on our lonesome.(new years day)

Postby Paul Webster » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:10 am

I'll second that the last pic of Wilson is his best portrait yet :)
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Re: Braemar meet on our lonesome.(new years day)

Postby smudger831 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:41 am

Great report, although I must admit when I see a report from you I am always looking forward to seeing pictures of Wilson.
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Re: Braemar meet on our lonesome.(new years day)

Postby Graeme D » Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:57 pm

Great to see them in white Dave! A fine way to spend New Year's Day - although I trust you didn't entirely forego the drink! :shock:

Paul Webster wrote:I'll second that the last pic of Wilson is his best portrait yet :)


I prefer the one of him at Culardoch trig - looks like he's preparing for take-off ..... backwards! :lol:
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Re: Braemar meet on our lonesome.(new years day)

Postby Caberfeidh » Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:07 pm

Is Wilson a Scottish Snow Spaniel ? I met a bloke at Bob Scotts back in the 80s who had dogs like that, crosses between a springer spaniel and an old english sheepdog. He jokingly called them Scottish Snow Spaniels, as the big paws and long coat were good for the winter hills. :D I met him again about two decades later, and recognised the dog before I recognised the bloke. Of course by then it was the grandson of the original hound.
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Re: Braemar meet on our lonesome.(new years day)

Postby skuk007 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:40 pm

Alastair S wrote:...a mobile anemometer...

Had to look that one up, makes sense now. I'm sure Wilson loves his long walkies but I'm still waiting for a picture of him smiling. :D
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Re: Braemar meet on our lonesome.(new years day)

Postby Graeme D » Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:12 pm

skuk007 wrote:I'm sure Wilson loves his long walkies but I'm still waiting for a picture of him smiling.


I tell you, that dog has got "deadpan" down to a fine art - the Jack Dee of the canine hill walking fraternity. :|
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