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Re: The Hills and Outdoors thread
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2017, 08:57:32 PM »
My God, that's some whiteout at the end of that story.

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« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2017, 09:06:28 PM »

 Ha Ha.Nae sure what happened there.Sna'vy kine right enough

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« Reply #22 on: January 14, 2017, 08:45:41 PM »
 Just back from the 5 Munros of the Arrochar Alps in the snow.Great visibility and views down Loch Long and out to Ailsa Craig.Pretty rugged hills too,the only downside being the people traffic heading up the Cobbler

 

 
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Re: The Hills and Outdoors thread
« Reply #23 on: January 21, 2017, 10:09:44 AM »
I used to love getting up the hills back home.
The hills they have here in Queensland are a decent size, but I find them rather uninspiring.
Also, I fucking hate snakes.
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Re: The Hills and Outdoors thread
« Reply #24 on: January 22, 2017, 08:22:42 AM »
I used to love getting up the hills back home.
The hills they have here in Queensland are a decent size, but I find them rather uninspiring.
Also, I fucking hate snakes.

If i ever seen a snake, u wouldn't see me for dust.

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Re: The Hills and Outdoors thread
« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2017, 09:48:18 AM »
If i ever seen a snake, u wouldn't see me for dust.
I worked in the Sugar Cane industry for 8 years and saw fucking loads of them. Amazing animals.... but, no thank you. :cardred:
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Re: The Hills and Outdoors thread
« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2017, 10:20:30 AM »
 Come across a few in the hills.Was walking up Glen Ey a few years back and spotted something on the track I was walking on.Got a bit closer and realised it was a curled up Adder.Thought it must be dead since it hadnt moved away.Picked up a bit of gravel and pinged it at it just to make sure,but still no movement.Went up for a closer look,and  it bolted upright at me,before it scurried off into the grass.Nae sure if it was an attempted bite,but it fair left an impression in my underwear



   Did all the Arrochar Alps Munros after New Year.Theyre all fine hills with great views(if you block out the glimpses of the Weege),especially to the West.A couple of routes for 2 of them below.

  Ben Vorlich  -    Theres a visitor centre at Inveruglas on the edge of Loch lomond.Most folk set off from there,but theres a parking space further West about 1/2 a km on the rhs with space for a few cars as long as you dont block the access



The track in the foreground^^^is the one you follow round towards the dam at Glen Sloy.Follow the track all the way for about an hour(ignore a track off to the right early on),and you will see the Dam in front of you.The start of the ascent up Ben Vorlich is marked by a cairn,which is situated around 4 pylons back from the dam

 

 From there up its a fairly steep first half hour before the gradient eases off.Easy to follow path that twists and turns all the way to the summit.Theres a concrete trigpoint which most folk think is the summit,but the true summit is at the cairn further beyond.Took me around 4hrs up and down

 
  The Cobbler -   Park at Succoth car park,on the West side of the village of Arrochar.A well made path starts across the road,and heads up the glen between The Cobbler and Beinn Narnain.Its a busy hill,with all ages heading up.As you look at it from the South its an imposing,rocky, quite intimidating looking hill,but the path up starts at the opposite end on a gentler but still steep ascent

 The below photo is from Beinn Narnain looking at the east side of the Cobbler,also a bit off putting from this angle.The approach from Succoth car park is in the glen down below from the left,and the path up starts further along to the right of the photo ,up a gentler grassier, but still steep slope.A toughie with a bit of scrambling at the summit,but great views West down Loch Long

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Re: The Hills and Outdoors thread
« Reply #27 on: January 22, 2017, 10:36:02 AM »
I worked in the Sugar Cane industry for 8 years and saw fucking loads of them. Amazing animals.... but, no thank you. :cardred:

Fuck that scottfree, am petrified of them,

Was at a rescue Zoo last year, walking thru the pathways, i cought something in the corner of my eye, a fucking albino python, i about turned and ran like fuck the other way.

My wife came after me, asking for ma phone so her and the loons could get photos with it!

I headed for the car

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Re: The Hills and Outdoors thread
« Reply #28 on: January 22, 2017, 01:04:59 PM »
I used to love getting up the hills back home.
The hills they have here in Queensland are a decent size, but I find them rather uninspiring.
Also, I fucking hate snakes.

I mind being by hoover dam and I was walking along the top of the car park wall (not high) and decided to turn back on myself and almost stood on some poisonous snake that had decided to wait to see if I stood on it ( or so it seemed anyway). I like snakes, incredible creatures but scary as hell.

Some awesome photos, Elgin!

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Re: The Hills and Outdoors thread
« Reply #29 on: January 26, 2017, 01:12:47 AM »
Not wanting to high-jack the thread, but this is what a friend of mine woke up to this morning.....


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Re: The Hills and Outdoors thread
« Reply #30 on: January 26, 2017, 05:34:54 AM »
FUCK THAT!!



i wid never sleep in that bed again.
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Re: The Hills and Outdoors thread
« Reply #32 on: January 26, 2017, 09:00:51 AM »
Not wanting to high-jack the thread, but this is what a friend of mine woke up to this morning.....




That's fucking nuts. Who puts their bed in such a ridiculous position?

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« Reply #33 on: January 26, 2017, 02:40:10 PM »
That's fucking nuts. Who puts their bed in such a ridiculous position?

Thought it was just me, what the hell sort of bedroom layout is that?!?

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Re: The Hills and Outdoors thread
« Reply #34 on: January 26, 2017, 04:30:54 PM »
Am guessing if it was me, it would be the pressure coming out ma esre that blew the bed out o place, seeing that fucking thing

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Re: The Hills and Outdoors thread
« Reply #35 on: February 05, 2017, 09:01:21 PM »
 A few Deeside hills of varying degrees of difficulty,all within a few miles of each other

Lochnagar - 1156m    -   Am sure a few guys on here have done this one,but heres an alternative route to make things more interesting.If you click on the link below,and zoom out so you can see Lochnagar(Cac Carn Beag) to your left,and the Spittal of Glenshee car park to your right.Follow the track out of the car park,and over the bridge across the stream to allt-na ghiubhsaich - clais rathadan - up the path skirting Meikle pap,and round to Lochnagar summit at the far end.This is the standard route up and down.
   But most folk arent aware theres a wee path down the west side towards Coire na Saoibhaide.From there turn back East along the front of the lochan(easily crossable stream),and aim to rejoin the path inside Meikle pap back to the car park.The path disappears but the walking is reasonable,with a few low rocks to clamber over en route
   Lets you get a good look in at the Corrie.Another option is to approach Lochnagar from along the West edge of Loch Muick,up the Glas Allt Sheil to the fine waterfall further up,and then onto the summit.Allow anything from 5-8hrs? depending on options and fitness

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Carn na Drochaide - 818m   -  ^^^Using the same map as above.type in Carn na Drochaide,and scroll til you have the hill to the left ,and Keiloch car park,Invercauld to your right.This is a smaller,easier hill going by an alternative route to the normal one at Linn of Quoich.Park at the Keiloch car park,and head West along the track towards Altdourie,via Invercauld house.
track on the way to Invercauld house,below

Beyond Altdourie,take the track towards Gleann an t-Slugain.Where it splits in 2,take the left option,and look for the path up Creag a Chleirich.We couldnt find it,but bashed our way up thru the heather.When you get above the tree line,youll find one of the best views down Deeside(and the N/E IMO).Carrying onto the summit of Carn na Drochaide is optional.There is no path,and quite a few false summits en route,but again fine views,this time over to the Cairngorms
    Cyclable most of the way to the start of the ascent up Creag A Chleirich.
Track beyond Altdourie(below) a bit rougher


Meall an Tionail  OS map recommended for this one(use link in Lochnagar description).This hill is just West of Lochnagar.Park at Keiloch car park (between Ballater and Braemar),and head back down to the main road,and cross the old Invercauld bridge
  Meall an Tionail in the distance from the bridge, rhs in below photo


  Follow the track and then take the upper track where it splits in 2,aiming for the falls of Garbh allt(worth a look).From there follow the track round and up the Feindallacher burn.A bike can be used all the way up to here,and dropped off at the shelter,situated near the end of the track,where it becomes more a path
Shelter at the end of the track

.From here cut across the stream and moor(a bit rough to start with),and head up Meall an Tionail.
  Great views to upper Deeside,and Bheinn A'Bhuird.Return the same way

Balmoral cairns  OS map needed

   A couple of low level hills with some historic interest.Did these while waiting for materials for a job at Crathie.There are 5 cairns dating back to the mid 1800s to mark the marriages of various members of the royal family,and also a massive pyramid cairn to mark the death of Prince Albert,by a "broken hearted" Queen Victoria.Easy walking on low level hills,amongst pine forest mixed with some ancient scots pine.
    Turned off the A93 at Crathie between Ballater and Braemar,over the river Dee at Balmoral,and parked at the little settlement at Easter balmoral.Theres parking space on the left(east) side of the village as you enter it.



  head across the road over the bridge,and take the first track/road on your left,in front of the house ^^^^.OS map needed - This is the start of the track that runs between (on the left),Beatrice and Alberts cairns,and (on the right) Helenas cairn

Helenas cairn



    There are paths that weave around the hill,but I headed straight up from the track to Helenas cairn first,and back to the track,same at Alices,and then followed the track over the River Girnock



  From there follow the track to the left towards Princess Royals cairn.Its very rough as you look up at the summit from the east,so best to walk beyond the summit and find an easier route up and down from the West side.From there followed the track all the way round til I reached the path that links Prince Albert and Princess Beatrice cairns,and back to the car



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« Reply #36 on: February 18, 2017, 02:24:28 PM »
Went out walking around the surrey hills yesterday, cracking day for it. Probably should have done a bit more research on routes there from Dorking (lovely market town btw) but had assumed that once you get to the station routes would be sign posted, but no.   Managed to find our own way there but the route to the station that we eventually left from wasnt great.  Along roads as all the public footpaths seem to go perpendicular to the way we needed to go.  Forgot to take any pictures, but it wasn't too dissimilar to this:



Cracking view from the tower, not too busy despite it being half term.



Had lunch at this pub which I think has had a refurb recently as it wasn't what had been described to me.  Really good food but more of a restaurant than a pub.  think the only way they can call it a pub is that its home to the Leith Hill Brewery (nice ale btw).




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« Reply #37 on: March 24, 2017, 05:11:25 PM »

 Kinda glad theres nae proper fitba this w/e,forecast looking top drawer.Bit of the Speyside way Saturday,and over to Skye afterwards for some Cuillin on Sunday.
     Enjoy it while it lasts   
     

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« Reply #38 on: March 26, 2017, 08:59:38 PM »
  What a w/e. Cracking day on the Skye Cuillin yesterday,and a balmy 17oC on the Speyside way today


 Spey at Grantown



 Rum from the Skye Cuillin



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Re: The Hills and Outdoors thread
« Reply #39 on: April 08, 2017, 09:45:38 PM »
 Just back from Pannanich hill near Ballater.Ice cream weather up there.

 Speaking of snakes further up the thread,just about stood on this lad.First Adder seen since the mid 90s.





 Sun still out at 8pm on the way home

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