A prickly time on Mount Eagle

Sub 2000s: Mount Eagle

Date walked: 27/01/2019

Time taken: 1.3 hours

Distance: 5.2km

Ascent: 65m

Due to the snow locking me out from the higher hills still, I decided that I would go out to the black isle to bag its only hill and a few trig points that I might pass along the way.

Not really a very exciting day but a day spent mostly outside so thats always a bonus. I thought that this hill was going to be nice and easy track straight to the top perhaps a small walk into the plantation woods to get to the top and the trig....

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Well I was mostly right. There was a track pretty much all the way to the top and there was a short walk through the plantation woods to get to the trig at the top. However.... The plantation around the trig is only a few years old, and that means that the trees are REALLY close together, almost impenetrable. There was a bout 80m of this to go through in what I hoped was the correct direction to hit the trig point. Gladness yes I can see it! I can see a mound with a trig on it hurrah.... surrounded by dense gorse! Nooooooooooo. :shock:

Well whats the point in coming this far if a little bit of gorse is going to put you off? None, so I battled through it. Thankfully (?) my legs were so cold by this point that I couldn't really feel the scratches and pricks and I made it to the top with most of my blood still in my body.

Touched the trig had a look around at, well the trees... And then figured that I had better go back as it was now starting to snow, wonderful.

So back through the gorse thicket into the trees, I did manage to find a track of sorts on the way out of the dense new plantation trees.... Back onto the track proper and a quick jaunt back to the car. Another blue balloon, but at what cost! Once my legs started to defrost I definitely noticed all the scratches and pricks. I think I need my head examined!

Forestry track almost all the way to the top.

This is the kind of stuff you have to bushwhack through to get to the next level...gorse.

Trig surrounded by gorse.

Cor what a view....

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