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95. Hill of Goauch NO 663 942

Goauche – pretty as a painting

Yesterday was dreich and windy so we stayed indoors and I practised my drumming.  Today’s forecast was for a front passing through and bringing clearer, colder weather so we set off for Shooting Greens and points 95 and 62.
The MTBers have created several trails up onto Goauche which help gain access from the main tracks. 
This link should take you to their extensive site to see the Neep2 trail.

http://www.mtbtrails.info/Trail_Venue_Map_TrailViewer.aspx?VenueNumber=9&TrailNumber=12&Unique=635596994381242500

We came in from the south and then continued to follow the bike trails back out to hit the main track on the north enroute to cp62.

How on earth they manage to ride some of these trails, either up or down, is beyond me.  I recommend a decent pair on Inov-8 at the very least (other brands are available.

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Steeplechase on Craigrath or how to ice skate in Invov-8’s

Being short of time on a Thursday evening an ascent of Craigrath seemed like a decent idea. Parking at the usual spot at the West entrance to Raemoir House, Steph and I headed up through the rhododendrons and out onto the landrover track at the back of the hotel. This is where I found out that I do not have any latent ice skating talent, I have been steadier on my feet after a session in the Ballater games beer tent!
There were several icy patches on the way up but they could be easily circumvented, there were several fairly large fallen trees across the path that required various contortions to bypass, this all added to the fun. As you get onto the the higher reaches there was appreciable amounts of almost frozen snow which Steph bounded over like a gazelle, I tried to imitate this and failed miserably. The summit was reached in amount 27 minutes or so, I always find it amazing the view from such a small hill and on a clear night like last night the sky was spectacular. After a wee bit of hanging about we descended at a reasonably sedate pace and then started the slip, slide Steeplechase to the bottom. No injuries occured in the executing of this checkpoint run and fun was had by all.

The antidote to airports redux

After spending the vast majority of the previous two days either in airports, taxis, exciting meetings with fellow tree huggers or the open green spaces of central Woking, I arrived home about 2000 (late again thanks BA) and was in need of a wee run out.
Decided to go from the Scolty car park up to Hill of Gouach, took the path around Scolty, it was pretty icy but certainly runnable, carried on to the shoulder and over the Shampher Belt to Gouach. It was cold, frosty and dark but it certainly beat a night out in Woking. Came back via the MTB downhill track and back around Scolty, very enjoyable, no pictures due to the fact that I left my phone in the car even after I had assured myself that I had it (I blame jetlag!).

Hill of Goauch. Monday 9th February

Parked at the Blackhall forest car park. Headed East past Hill of Tillylair. Needed my spikes for quite a lot of the land rover tracks. Headed into the forest under fallen trees and followed cycle tracks to the top. Trees full of birdsong. 8 km. Sent from my Fire