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autumn in the upper Dee

14/10/15
Cycled in from Linn of Dee to White Bridge and then on northwards past the Chest of Dee as far as sensible. Autumn colours at the Chest were gorgeous. After abandoning the bikes it was a long slog up onto Beinn Bhrotain. Plenty of stags roaring and a few ptarmigan higher up, but not much other wildlife. Cloud came in a bit on the summit and the wind definitely had an autumnal feel to it. Found a better line on the descent, sticking to the high ground to avoid the bogs. Then a quick whizz back on the bikes. It was going to be too late for the Bothy so a promise of chips was made instead, but sadly the Hungry Highlander let us down. Co-op saved the day with chocolate cake to get us back to Ballater.

That’s me reached enough cps to claim my mug.

Interesting Lochnagar

From Loch Muick cp up tourist route to col below the ladder, drop to Lochnagar loch outlet (cp 100) then up the NE ridge to the summit. Strong wind turned into vicious gusting gale on the climb from the loch, almost taking us off our feet and blowing us uphill onto rocks. V glad of full waterproof (as well as windproof running top) and gloves. All a bit exciting for a while. Decided to return by Glas Allt to drop out of the wind asap. Really struggling on the climb today – just no energy in my legs to work – but downhill felt ok.
Never underestimate Lochnagar. I’ve had too many "interesting" times up there.

Glorious Glen Fearder

10/6/15We ran from Aberarder up onto Meall Gorm from the south side then dropped down into Glen Fearder through some steep and rough stuff before crossing the burn and climbing up to Auchtavan . This is one of my favourite parts of Deeside and the botany and wildlife didn’t let us down today. I almost trod on an owl which took off from under a tree by my feet and we also saw red deer and mountain hare too. There are loads of alpine flowers in the limestone rock slabs near the top of Meall Gorm if you approach the summit from the ridge to the east.

Cnoc Dubh

4th JuneTook this in as part of a longer run from Cambus car park. Climbed onto Cnoc Dubh by the path from the north. Returned through terrain off the SW side of the hill until we hit the big track.

Dinnet lochs ride

Family cycle starting from between the Dinnet Lochs, then a clockwise loop to the river bank (cp63), up to the boardwalk (cp58) then round the N end of Loch Davan and in to the Logie Burn inflow (cp71). Nice wee ride.

Girnock Grind

We parked at the bridge over the Girnock and set off up Creag Ghiubhais from the east. I knew this would be a tough wee climb and it was, up through steep man-eating heather and rocky stuff, and I rapidly realised this was not the best day to have chosen for my first shorts outing of the year as blood started dripping down my shins. The stunted old pines at the top almost made up for it – this is one of our favouritist spots in Deeside. We then dropped off the west side down broken rock and across the bog (bubbling with amorous frogs) to climb towards the gap between Creag nam Ban and the next cp on Sgor an h-Iolaire. It’s a few years since I’ve been up here but I’m sure there were far more deer tracks at the time, now it’s just lots more man-eating heather in amongst one or two magical ancient trees. We finally picked up a path once we got onto the ridge proper and broke into a trot for the first time, but sadly this petered out again soon after the high point. Jon mutterred about turning left once we hit the track, but I (foolishly) told him to man up and we crossed the next bog towards the foot of the Coyles of Muick and our 3rd cp. The one good thing about this hill is that it is mostly grassy, but we were both tired and it was a slow climb to the top. Then it was just a long slow run back along the ridge, but a run at least. We found a decent line off the north west end back down to the gate in Glen Girnock.
All in all this was a bit of a beast made a lot worse by us starting tired and low on energy.
I had a quick ice bath in the Girnock after, to help speed up recovery.

Evening light on Tom’s Cairn

Early evening run up Tom’s Cairn from Corsedarder. Brightened up nicely and the low light picked out beautiful colouring in Feughside and north towards the Cattie Burn.

Wun Wabbit

Parked at Lary and headed up the big track to reach Morven Lodge in barely 20′. From there we climbed onto the spur leading to Peter Hill following big vehicle tracks all the way. The wind was behind us on the first part of the climb making for a relatively easy climb. We turned off the track to cut onto the spur leading to Hill of Candacraig, putting up a hare that looked very white against the brown heather. There were a few other spots of white on the hillside but they didn’t appear quite so mobile. From the top of Candacraig we descended fairly directly to where we’d left the car through some pretty rough bouldery stuff, making for slower progress than on the climb.72′, 10.5km

Catch-up ride

Jon and Ewan bagged this point yesterday from Shooting Greens with Jon running and Ewan on his bike (they’ve not figured out how to blog their points yet). I couldn’t let them get ahead of me for long so cycled from home this morning, out along the Deeside Way to Potties and then up the hill towards the forest. I love this bit of the river – good excuse for a visit.

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Lamahip and Craiglash from Glencat

Parked half way along Glencat and ran out to the farm at the end. Then up the track towards Forest of Birse, turning left at the top towards Lamahip. From Lamahip continued over Corybeg to Craiglash and then back down to Glencat by the track past Murley. Nice morning but felt a cold westerly wind when out of the trees. Saw lapwing down in the glen and a weasel on the drive there.