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Glen Muick

Whilst Sarah and Jon were putting my eldest through her orienteering paces, I took Carys up the Muick road to collect a couple of easier cps. The Cairns of Cul nan Gad were surrounded by roaring Stags in the mist, meanwhile the Linn of Muick was in full force post the previous nights rain. Finished off with an essential Hot Chocolate at the Bothy!

Mt Keen

Ran up Glen Tanar and on up the Mounth up onto the top of Mt Keen. Dropped down to the col between Keen and Braid Cairn and made a traversing line through the heather on to Gathering Cairn. Dropped down to the track that drops into the Water of Gairney valley. Here it was a choice between relieving tried legs and the desire to get another cp. The cp won and I dropped down to cross the Gairney rising up the other side about 50m before setting off into the heather to reach Tom Guibhais. The track wan’t particular well defined until you passed the top, and I found the link back to the main track different to the map meaning I had to ford 2 rivers instead of just the 1. All in 18 miles, a bit longer than I expected, and some very wet feet.

Cairngorms Adventure

Have taken a backseat from the cps over the past couple of months, but a chance child-free weekend, and a friend in pursuit of a couple of Cairngorm Munros, made a good opportunity to visit some of the more remote points.

We cycled in from Linn of Dee to White Bridge and then up Glen Dee past the Chest of Dee to level with a small plantation. Here we changed to foot and headed up the first hill Beinn Bhrotain. We then traversed Monadh Mor before dropping down to Loch nan Stuirteag. From here it was a slog up the shoulder of Braeriach in worsening mist, making finding the Wells of Dee a good navigational challenge. We continued on to the top before retracing our steps slightly and taking a direct route down into Garbh Chorie and the small Howff that was our home for the night. A pretty basic lodging we used the shelter for cooking away from the midges, but then retired to the tent for a sip of homemade Blackcurrent Gin.

The next morning was again thick mist, but the climb up to Lochan Uaine saw us rise above a stunning inversion filling the whole of the Lairig. We then climbed the NE ridge (quite a challenge for the dog at the top) which topped out directly onto the summit of Angels Peak. From here it was a lovely traverse of Cairn Toul and a quick detour to the Devils Point before dropping down to Corrour and the long trek back to the bikes in Glen Dee.

Battock Traverse

Having attempted Battock back in February from Peters Hill but had to turn back with the weather, and Marie passing round but not to the top of Clachnaben at the race, we decided to opt for the full traverse to claim these cps.

We started at the Clachnaben car park taking the normal route up to the top and then along the track to Mount Battock. With a couple of MTBers (Gary and Scott) ahead we used them as targets to try and beat to the top but were just pipped to the post. Took the runners direct route off Battock to Dave’s aptly named “Motorway” traversing Hill of Cammie and then Mudlee Bracks before following the fence line to the Fungle track. Found our direct routes had succeeded in getting us in front of before named bikers but were eventually passed en route to Ballochan, where we had parked a second car.

Kerloch

Thursday July 9th. Forgot to add this one before we went on holiday. Lovely evening circuit with Marie starting at the new car park, up past Pitreadie Farm. Followed the tracks up Hare hill before coming upon the summit from the south. Descent by the usual route. Lovely views to the north and west, unfortunately wind farm to the south detracts from views to the sea.

Fog House

Having spent yesterday passing within spiting distance of around 5 cps but visiting none, today I swapped my exhausted running legs for cycling ones. We took this in on a circuit from Keiloch. Bit of a challenge for the littlest legs which involved some pushing of bikes uphill, but fun on the descent. Followed up by obligatory cake and hot chocolate at the Bothy in Braemar.

Glen Feardar

Headed up here with my Mum. Started from car park at end of tarmac road at Aberarder along way-marked trail to Auchtavan. On way back followed trail past another old settlement known as Loin. From here I made a wee detour onto Leac Ghorm which had lovely view across to Lochnagar and Ben Avon / Beinn a Bhuird, before heading back to Aberarder.

Glen Feardar

Headed up here with my Mum. Started from car park at end of tarmac road at Aberarder along way-marked trail to Auchtavan. On way back followed trail past another old settlement known as Loin. From here I made a wee detour onto Leac Ghorm which had lovely view across to Lochnagar and Ben Avon / Beinn a Bhuird, before heading back to Aberarder.

Cnoc Dubh

20 of us raced up cp70 last night before the AGM. Results:
Dave H – 25:31
Steph – 25:33
Dirk – 25:34
Jamie – 25:36
Dave C – 26:19
Andy – 26:20
Miles – 28:28
Trevor – 29:23
Sam – 29:28
Katie – 30:18
Warren – 31:07
Amandine – 31:43
Dave O – 33:53
Patrick – 34:47
Clare – 35:12
Jeff – 36:04
Evelyn -36:06
Joe – 37:11
Kathy – 38:45
Duncan – no time because he went off to the boardwalk before the start. Derek – marshall.