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The Buck

Route: The Buck of Cabrach

Grahams: The Buck

Date walked: 22/02/2021

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 4km

Ascent: 321m

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Didn't fancy driving through the remaining snow to the Tap o' Noth carpark so onwards to The Buck!

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I got out of the car and tested the road with my foot after I heard the brakes struggling. Very icy despite it being plus two Celsius on the dashboard. Continued at reduced speed.

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The Buck from the roadside.

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A lot of snow has been cleared. I decided to head east a bit before ascending, to avoid the drifts covering the normal start.

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It was hard going over the bobbly heather and harder going over the soft snow patches.

Next time I went to take a photo I felt nothing but an open, empty pocket where the camera should have been. I decided to retrace the twenty minutes back to the car. No sign of the camera. However, I then retraced my upward journey and this time I did find it! By coincidence I had been listening on the radio to how mice retrace their steps using twigs and that dung beatles navigate by starlight. So maybe I was aided by something else but I was pleased with having found the camera.

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Snow over towards Corryhabbie.

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I've included this photo because it is of Clayhooter Hill.

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Grim cloud above Tap o' Noth.

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There's one main set of steps I've been following and I can see how they have bowed to the snow by virtue of their connecting heather clump to heather clump.

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A swathe of blue to the east and fenceposts nearly covered by the drifts. Here I / the footsteps have veered quite far left (east) of the deepest snow.

Could see a couple ascending below. I tried to speed up but felt knackered from all the draining snow and heather. So then I decided to slow down to let the couple past so that they would get summit time to themselves and then I would too. Would never have thought there would be a Buck summit queue.

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Rinnes and the Convals.

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Windfarm to the west.

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Rinnes again.

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Knock Hill to the north.

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Tap o' Noth getting a bit of sun.

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Bennachie in the gloom.

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At the summit rocks.

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Third visit to the Buck and still no really clear views. View finding not aided by the sudden gusts of wind but I'll take bright weather over rain and cloud any time.

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Mount Keen and Morven.

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Getting to the trig point using elbows and forearms instead of hands is harder than expected, especially as the wind is strong enough to knock me off balance.

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View southwest to the Cairngorms.

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The way down is easier but still have to watch out for extra deep holes when following steps or extra deep snow when ignoring existing footsteps.

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Snowdrift near the start. I probably didn't need to divert so far, after all. Descended the last part just west of the normal route.

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The cloud disappears.

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No ice on the road this time and the dashboard says plus ten Celsius now.

Conclusion: need more exercise.

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Activity: Mountaineer
Mountain: Alligin
Place: Assynt

Munros: 115
Corbetts: 58
Grahams: 28
Donalds: 1
Wainwrights: 10
Hewitts: 12
Sub 2000: 47



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Statistics

2021

Trips: 7
Distance: 21.6 km
Ascent: 1110m
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2020

Trips: 39
Distance: 226.7 km
Ascent: 11266m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 2
Sub2000s: 3

2019

Trips: 31
Distance: 187.05 km
Ascent: 9684m
Munros: 3
Corbetts: 3
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2018

Trips: 28
Distance: 191.9 km
Ascent: 12074m
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 2
Sub2000s: 3

2017

Trips: 31
Distance: 226.75 km
Ascent: 8838m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 4

2016

Trips: 20
Distance: 229 km
Ascent: 9236m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 6

2015

Trips: 39
Distance: 286 km
Ascent: 12583m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 9

2014

Trips: 29
Distance: 3564.25 km
Ascent: 15847m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 9
Hewitts: 3

2013

Trips: 29
Distance: 206.75 km
Ascent: 16700m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 5
Grahams: 4
Sub2000s: 4

2012

Trips: 12
Distance: 73 km
Ascent: 5261m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2

2011

Trips: 6
Distance: 55 km
Ascent: 3917m
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 1

2010

Trips: 6
Distance: 22 km
Ascent: 2200m
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2009

Trips: 4
Distance: 24.5 km
Ascent: 2194m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 1

2008

Trips: 3
Distance: 24 km
Ascent: 3189m

2007

Trips: 5
Distance: 31 km
Ascent: 1896m

2006

Trips: 3
Distance: 37 km
Ascent: 3730m

2004

Trips: 4
Distance: 44 km
Ascent: 2706m
Corbetts: 1

2003

Trips: 5
Distance: 50 km
Ascent: 5760m
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2

2002

Trips: 3
Distance: 29 km
Ascent: 2449m

2001

Trips: 6
Distance: 46 km
Ascent: 4245m
Munros: 2

2000

Trips: 1
Distance: 16 km
Ascent: 1300m
Munros: 3

1999

Trips: 1
Distance: 28 km
Ascent: 900m
Corbetts: 1

1998

Trips: 1
Distance: 8 km
Ascent: 1055m
Munros: 2

1997

Trips: 1
Distance: 27 km
Ascent: 1400m
Grahams: 1

1995

Trips: 4
Distance: 80 km
Ascent: 4322m
Munros: 3
Grahams: 1

1994

Trips: 2
Distance: 35.5 km
Ascent: 2477m
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1

1993

Trips: 1
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 1100m

1992

Trips: 2
Distance: 46 km
Ascent: 2345m


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