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.
I have clearly lost the knack of uploading these posts but hopefully it will work this time. Andy’s first CP since his accident. I thought we better take it easy for the first one so we went for Knockargety. The start didn’t look very promising as forestry work has made the track very muddy and fairly unattractive. However a lovely single track lead to the summit and a fantastic view of the Dee valley. A lovely walk for a sunny Thursday morning.
Well there we are: Lochnagar back in full winter clothing, all the buttress routes looked in fine shape from bottom to top. Feeling maybe I was a wee bit optimistic in putting the full winter gear in the loft with a variety of shorts and t-shirts in the outdoor draw. Plodded slowly up Glen Girnock, which has a great dirt road and is truely stunnng. At Loinveg I headed up hil and track was soon replaced by heather. Fairly short grunt to gentle slope leading to the final steepening. Several fine cairns on points of no significance with a tiny pile of stones on the summit.
Afternoon had dogs to be walked so wondered up Baderonoch Hill, descending via Lazy well. Then ticking took over and Knockergetty and Tomnaverie stone circle.
Back from child care duties in Edinburgh in time to do this short challenge. There is a waymarked path to the hill but the forest track is better and more direct to the track up the hill itself. Knockargety is shown as a hill fort on the map, Iron Age I think, but there is very little to see on the ground now. Some years back you could see ramparts on the south facing slope, but it’s completely covered in broom now. Good views over Deeside to Glentanar. I had several hundred pinkfeet geese in the fields below me.
Set off with a bottle of water, some sandwiches, and a packet of fruit pastilles to see if we could take in some school holiday checkpoints. Attaining a pastille for every cp we reached seemed to instil enthusiasm to the hunt. Disappointment that the fort at Ferneyhowe was not the fortified military base I had made it out to be on the way up, but was acquitted by the resemblance the stone circle had to the one in Disney’s Brave!