Set off about 0745 hrs on an overcast Sunday morning via Prestwick to pick up John B then on to Greenwell of Scotland about 1 mile before Carsphairn coming from the Ayr side of the A713 to meet up with Wendy and Matt for the first team climb after Kilimanjaro in 2019. There is good parking here for 4 vehicles easily. After getting organised the 4 of us and the 2 dogs set off along the stoney road up along the Water of Deugh. As we steadily gained height the cloud began to lift as the hills around Loch Doon became more visible and after about 1.5 mile we had a wee bacon roll stop and some fluids. There was a lot of plant around the road up with a temp parking area with a few machines and further up where the path ends there was about 6-8 test holes dug. Perhaps plans for a future wind farm to add to the rest in the area and to coincide with ScottishPower upgrading the line from 132kv to 275kv.
From the end of the road it was straight ahead and up following to the right hand side of the stone dyke wall all the way up to the trig point and a well earned lunch break.
Fitness definitely lacking but it was a good work out to get pushed by the rest of the team to keep going. Elsie and Fraoch got a wee run around on the summit with Elsie proving to be too fast and agile for Daftarse
Once playtime was over we headed down the more sloping route to the Black Shoulder and Dunool. The descent from Dunool to Nick of Disgree was pretty steep with the potential to be slippy but with care we were soon at the bottom. The route showed to go up over Willieanna and back down the other side but we made a team decision to walk along Nick of Disgree back to the road and a pleasant descent back along to Greenwell and the cars Hopefully all going well we will get another couple in before the year end and maybe one with a pub near by
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