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An Socach from Glen Clunie

An Socach from Glen Clunie


Postby BoyVertiginous » Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:58 am

Route description: An Socach from Glen Clunie

Munros included on this walk: An Socach (Braemar)

Date walked: 13/03/2020

Time taken: 2.5 hours

Distance: 16 km

Ascent: 650m

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I had had bigger plans for the road up to the 45 Degrees MC's Braemar club meet, but wasn't feeling it on Friday morning & faffed about so much that I didn't leave home in time to carry them out. I also got a tyre inflation warning on the way (had replaced a tyre 24 hours earlier) and stopped in at Blairgowrie to check this out, bumping into Fraz who was filling up at the pump.

It was almost midday when I set off from Glen Clunie for An Socach. It was a cracking day too, with blue skies & plenty of snow, the ski centre was mobbed on the way past, so was slightly annoyed at myself for the late start.
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It's easy walking on the track along the Baddoch river, with little snow in the glen, enjoying the sunshine & solitude out of sight & earshot of the throng on the other side of the hills to the East.
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Once taking to the hillside, it was quickly into snow &, after a bit of snowy heather-bashing, reached the freezing level & was able to march on & up over the snow to the cairn at the minor top in quick time.

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The final pull up towards the summit plateau is at a fairly steep gradient & borderline for donning crampons, but still took enough of a boot to ensure they'd not be needed for the descent by picking a way around the icier sections. I'd seen some footsteps (& used them to my advantage on the way up) & met a lady near the summit, where we had a brief chat. I had a bite to eat, out of the wind in the snowdrift-filled shelter cairn and sat for another 10mins deciding whether to push on to Carn Bhac or Beinn Lutharn Mhor, before walking across the summit plateau for a look, but with thickening cloud rolling in on strengthening winds from the South, plumped for an easy walk back down & out the way I'd come.

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It had taken only 90mins or so to the summit & 50mins to get back to the car so, was in Braemar by 3pm for some provisions & a pre-meet, meet-up at the Fife Arms with Norrie, Fraz & Raymond, who'd been on Morrone & Mt Blair respectively.
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