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“Rest” day - nice easy little hills

“Rest” day - nice easy little hills


Postby Jaxter » Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:33 pm

Route description: Morrone ascent, Braemar

Corbetts included on this walk: Morrone

Grahams included on this walk: Geallaig Hill

Date walked: 09/08/2018

Time taken: 5.2 hours

Distance: 21.63 km

Ascent: 1054m

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Previous day's adventure - a biggie

Thursday 9th August 2018
Morrone
11.91km
644m ascent
3 hours

After 3 relativey big days an easier stroll seemed in order – and an opportunity to break in my new boots on a smaller walk. After a leisurely start I drove to the start point near the duck pond in Braemar
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It was windy but bright
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I followed the maze of paths through the trees and soon was out in the open again. The views were awesome towards Ben Avon
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Ben Avon zoomed
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Braemar
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The inner Gorms
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The path was a little boggy in places but largely avoidable – it may have been a different story in wetter conditions. It actually turned out that I’d taken a shortcut and if I’d stuck to the actual path I’d have been fine :lol:

As I gained height the track widened and soon it was marked by some huge cairns :shock:
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The Gorms
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Looking back to the huge cairns and Ben Avon
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Lovely Lochnagar
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Ben Avon again
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When I reached the summit it was pretty windy but there were plenty of buildings and things to shelter behind :lol:

Loch Callater – having explored this area a bit recently I was realising how close everything was!
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Glenshee hills
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Bit of a balancing act – Morrone summit
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Sun hitting the Gorms
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I continued along the track – no out-and-backs for me!
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Looking back to the summit of Morrone
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Gorm-a-rama 8)
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Lochnagar in the sun 8)
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It was easy walking down the track and my legs were feeling tired after the past couple of days :lol:
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Back on the ground I met up with the old military road which was my route back to Braemar
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I passed a weird structure…any ideas what this is for?! :shock:
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Looking back towards Creag nan Gabhar
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I cut up and over towards the viewpoint so save walking all the way through Braemar – the views from here were even better than earlier 8)
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Then I was back at Braemar where I did a bit of wandering around before heading back down the road to catch the end of the Ballater Highland Games
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Friday 10th August 2018
Geallaig Hill
9.72km
410m ascent
2 hours 20 minutes

Another morning, another leisurely start….eventually I packed everything up and headed a few miles up the road to Braenaloin where I parked in a layby. Just as I was about to get my boots on the rain started…. :roll: After a while it stopped again and I headed up the track towards Geallaig Hill.

Looking back
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It was a good track and easy to walk on. The rain seemed to have cleared and it was good to be out for an easy stroll 8)
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It looked dark in the distance but the sun was still shining here :D
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I think that’s the Lochnagar massif in the background
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The clouds were looking pretty cool!
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I startled a few grouse (although they probably scared me more than I scared them :lol: ) and before long the gradient eased…
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…I could see a huge cairn
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And then I was at the summit of Geallaig Hill 8)
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Morven
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I could see the cloud coming in; a few rumbles of thunder later and the heavens opened :roll:
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What followed were several kilometres of trudging along a wet track in the tipping rain. No photos because it was minging :lol: Eventually I dropped down and then hit the road.
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It did stop raining eventually – not the nicest end to the day but better than not doing anything :lol:
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Back at the car there was a midge army waiting for me so it was a very quick change of shoes and ditching waterproofs before heading north for the next adventure….


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