Back up Glen Gairn to reach the Upper bit. I cycled as far as the bridge beside where the Bealach track heads uphill, but found it wrecked, so I just waded through the river. Three quarters of an hour took me up to the rocky section on a narrow path, with several groups of old buildings, presumably summer shielings, visible. With the breeze dropping, the midges started to get a bit fierce, so I didn’t hang about long before retracing my steps. I spotted nineteen buzzards on my way up the glen, plus several ravens, wheatear, meadow pipit, swallow, dipper and snipe.
Walked up Creag Ghiubhais with Trish. A smashing little hill.
Straight up from the road though the bilberries and heather and over the boulder field to the lovely old pine forest on the top. Great views through the trees too. Then back down the western heathery slopes to the track that circumnavigates the hill.
That’s it, our 100th point and the 2015 Challenge completed.
Being that Knockargety is so close to Dave and Kathy’s, we held back this cp until last with the intention of having a small celebration with them as we completed the Challenge. On a fine Friday evening then, we set out for a walk from their house to one of Kathy’s favourite viewpoints ( and a fine viewpoint it indeed is).
We had glasses, bubbly and some sticky buns spelling out 100 for our celebration. After dwelling at the fine view for a while, we made the slightly wobbly return downhill and (metaphorically) back to the normality of a life without the Challenge.
Its been a great few months visiting all these points, some great views, some tough climbs and some indifferent weather. Thanks to the organisers and please wait another seven years before the next one, we are knackered.
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From Finzean sawmill with Calum and Kirsty.
Sunny intervals day. Nice temperatures for a good hill run.
Up the Peter Hill track and along the top to cp81 – Baudnacauner. Grouse shooting going on somewhere southwards. Then down the long spur, bounding through the deep purple heather, startling all the hares, down to cp82 and the Lairds Burn ford.
Short return along the road to the sawmill.
Big day (Sunday 16th August) with a whole lot of climb.
Bike to White Bridge from Linn of Dee.
Chest of Dee (cp11)
Beinn Bhrotain (cp4)
Loch nan Stuirteag (cp5)
Sgor an Lochain Uaine
Stob Coire an t-Saighdeir
Devils Point (cp 8)
And bike back.
5.30 run/walk, 45 bike.
Little sun but very windy and very clear.
Top day and very few folk about for a weekend. Done in by the end pretty much.
Sat 22nd Aug
Great day out in the mountains. 40km, 7.5 hours total time.
Ben Avon circuit, with a detour to Dubh Lochan, returning via Upper Glen Gairn. Great day, overcast but a nice 15 C with a southerly breeze to keep it fresh on top of the Torr.
Fantastic streams scenery, with them full after all the rain, tumbling waterfalls down every stream.
Saw 4 prize red deer stags close to Dubh Lochan, and a large herd on the southern skyline on way down to Glen Gairn (via Allt an Eas Mhoir). Also lots of Ptarmigan in their summer plumage on the high ground. Glad to have had the bike waiting for me on the descent.
Sun 26th July
So that’s how to pronounce Ghiubhais, as explained by Owen & Ursula on meeting them just after I finished!
Great wee circuit with some slippery clambering up the rocky slopes. Good ascent up the east side, with peregrines whining away at me, so moved away from cliff to leave them alone. Lovely route through open woods on top and then down the north west slope to pick up the track around the west side, back to car at Littlemill bridge.
Just got the run in before the threatening clouds seen over Sgor an h-Iolaire broke into rain.
Sun 12th July
Great workout up Cairn Leuchan – 2’ hill reps, lot of them! Best way to get up that track.
Good return route down via Aultonrea and back down the road to the car, parked opposite house, about 1.5k up from Bridge of Muick.
Great views of Lochnagar, and also over to Mt Keen and the Quartz Cliff:
Good run for 2k north along the top, but then tried short cutting down the north east towards Creag Ghiubhais – only to clamber down steep slopes & deep heather.
Aborted Creag G and returned via road to starting point at Littlemill bridge.
On the bike to the side of Clachan Yell before ascending Little Cockcairn on foot. The weather started off fine but clouded over rapidly, and by the time I reached the summit it was raining heavily, so I didn’t hang about. Let down by the forecast again. Managed to spot buzzard, kestrel, peregrine falcon, grey heron, red grouse, stonechat, goldcrest, wren, blackbird, swallow, coal tit, blue tit and treecreeper.