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Evening skive on Duncolm

Evening skive on Duncolm


Postby Jaxter » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:49 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Duncolm

Date walked: 24/05/2019

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 11.8 km

Ascent: 340m

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A beautiful Friday evening – looked like the perfect opportunity to get out. Malcy had been wanting to get up Duncolm for ages. I’d been up a couple of times the usual way so Malcy suggested taking it from behind – obviously with the use of bikes - a nice easy 33km cycle 8)

We managed to get all the way up the hill to the gate into the Cochno woods, although I’d needed to push my less sturdy road bike for the last wee section as the road surface was non-existant :lol:
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Looking back to Glasgow
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A few bugs were out so we quickly locked the bikes and set off
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It was a good track all the way to the dam making it an easy start to the walk
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As we gained easy height we were able to get great views back….to Glasgow :roll:
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As we got further up the path the scenery improved and the final stroll to the dam was quite striking with the burn trickling down waterfalls in the evening sunlight
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Reaching the dam we were blinded by the sun hitting the Greenside Reservoir
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We easily crossing the dam and were pleasantly surprised (and then realised we shouldn’t really have been surprised) that there was a path up towards the Slacks….
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The Loch Lomond hills in the distance
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Reaching the trig point on the Slacks I realised that as I’d always been here alone and without anywhere to balance the camera, I hadn’t posed on the trig yet :lol:
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Towards Duncolm
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Continuing along the path a short distance
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We carried on a short distance before deciding to take a short cut – usually a terrible idea but on this occasion it worked out fairly nicely as the ground was dry and we could see where we were going :lol:

Our shortcut dropped us conveniently onto the track which was a few minutes wander from Loch Humphrey 8)
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From here we headed up the grassy boggy path towards Duncolm, except….it wasn’t boggy :shock: Every time I’d been here previously I’d been over my ankles and I’d heard reports of worse, so could hardly believe it when we made it onto the ridge with dry feet, in trainers no less :crazy:

Looking ahead to Middle Duncolm
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Loch Lomond with Ben Lomond prominent on the right
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We decided to skirt around Middle Duncolm – I’d been up there twice before and Malcy was being lazy (he’ll probably regret that when he starts bagging Humps or something… :roll: ) and before long we were on top of Duncolm itself

Views to the Campsies 8)
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Malcy’s happy face… :roll:
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The great thing about walking with Malcy is that I never need to carry food – he always has so much that I can just scrounge a few cheeses or a bag of crisps, and this occasion was no different. I can’t see it changing as he can barely survive half an hour without getting the munchies :lol:
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Sadly the sun was in the wrong place for a good photo of this :roll:
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We sat and enjoyed the views for a while before deciding to get going – we had a fair way to go afterall….we headed off Duncolm along the fenceline in a vaguely south-ish direction.

The Campsies still looked great!
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Is he falling over or trying to do a Jaxter? :roll: :lol:
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It was easy walking and although there were a couple of boggy sections we were able to hop over or around them easily enough and we were back at the Greenside reservoir again
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We had to walk all the way around it which was probably the most awkward bit of the walk :lol:
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Back at the loch we think we may have disturbed an amorous couple before hitting our outward track at the dam
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From here it was an easy wander back down to the bikes and a downhill-on-average cycle home, making it back before dark 8)


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