Mon 16th Nov
Well it looked nice leaving Aboyne – but all thoughts of a circuit over by Glas Maol were gone after passing through Braemar. Parked in car park below Dubh Choire and put on some extra layers. Ran alongside the river till the next bridge, had to cross the bridge and use the footbridge to cross over the full burns. Followed the track up to Sron na Gaoithe, thankfully sheltered on the lee side until arriving at the top – did not stay there long! Return rapidly on same route.
Back down to Braemar with just enough daylight to get up Creag Choinnich. Very nice track up through the woods and made up to very good walking track to the top after the woods. Followed another track, not marked on the map, back down to the woods and picked up the return loop. Need to go back for a run around by the Lion’s Face another time. Thankfully did not suffer Ursula’s wincing experience on the way down!!
I left the sunshine at my house to go up Creag Choinich. After pulling my left Achilles at training on Tuesday, overstretching a glute muscle at Tai chi on Saturday and racing on Sunday, I thought a walk would do me good. From the summits I could see snow showers coming from Glenshee and from Linn of Dee directions. Low lying areas were really flooded. On the way down, my old trainers slipped over the tops of some stepping stones and I just kept going in slow motion until a sharp edge of a rock ended up in my butt cleavage, I landed on my elbow, and hurt my toe. It just proves that my Dad was right when he said exercise is bad for you. .
I haven’t been posting my CP’s so thought it was time to get them recorded so I get my mug for reaching 50! Most were done with the kids over the summer. One of the most memorable was my daughter encountering an adder on Tom Anthon, I have never seen her move as fast. Clais Fhearnaig is a beautiful spot, I can’t imagine going there if it wasn’t for the CP and I will definitely go back.
So the CP’s I have done over the last few months are: Lamahip, River Dee (by Shooting Greens), Brackloch Craig, Fog House, Creag Choinich, Colonel’s Bed, Tom Anthon, Claus Fhearnaig, Benaquhaillie.
24/06/15Checking out Creag Choinnich for its potential to adapt the permanent orienteering course to the latest technology – mobile phone orienteering. Diverted to run over the top of the summit mid-way and bag another point.
Up to Braemar to climb Creag Choinnich. I liked this one. Parking at the foot of hill, a path and signposts-what a novelty. Great views from the summit, showing a lot of fresh snow on the big hills. Wildlife consisted of two chaffinches.
Yesterday we set off to find a new place for us, Scar Hill. Initially easy going following track/footpath from Monandavan. Then aimed for the Carin. Here should have taken Jane’s advice as we ended up in the “head high broom” which for little legs was more like a jungle. Finally made our way through and up to the top. Headed down due south over the fence and going was much easier before retuning on the footpath.
Today was back onto known ground as we headed to Braemar and went up Creag Choinich. Easy footpath to the top, though the girls added some challenges by climbing as many trees as possible en route. Extended the route by heading down the east side to under the Lions Face before returning to Braemar for lunch at The Bothy.