A Day Meet to the Braemar area on Sunday
16th April 2017 saw an attendance of 17 (16 members and one
guest). Six left Aberdeen on Easter Sunday in the minibus
collecting others (and a couple of planks ! ! !) on the way over
to Baddoch where a President's Party of eight set off for An
An Socach East Top from Socach Mor
Weather wise it was a funny old day with
even the weather forecasters not really knowing what was going
to happen. We enjoyed a bit of everything (except bright
sunshine) as we ascended to Socach Mor and then higher still
onto the ridge where we were snowed on from time to time. Views
came and went in the slow moving low cloud and mist but everyone
seemed buoyant enough and the snowless summit of An Socach came
quite quickly. For a couple in the party this was a new Munro
which brought smiles to faces. Travel time from bus was 2 hours
On An Socach
We did not lunch here but rather proceeded
onwards and Northwards a bit over rock and then springy turf to
a fine spot high on the snout of the hill overlooking Altanour
and Glen Ey. It was a fine spot. We lunched here in heavy snow
before a steepish (but easy) descent to the ruined Altanour
Lodge where we met Gill and Richard who were sat inside the new
enclosure patiently awaiting our arrival.
We (as a Club) had some business to attend
to here (see photographs below)
Cairngorm Club at Altanour Wood
There's new signage up at "Willie's Wood"
.....we dream of a beautiful and diverse
wood on this site alive with birdsong, insects and beautiful
flowers. If it takes 200 years for our dream to materialise...
then so be it … and who knows … perhaps one day generations
after us will talk of going for a walk in the woods of Glen Ey...
wouldn't that be something special ? ? ?
Leaving Altanour after affixing signage to
The weather improved somewhat as we
proceeded on to Inverey.
Looking back up (a somewhat treeless and
empty) Glen Ey towards Beinn Iutharn Mhor
The President's Party visited both the
Piper's Wood and the Colonel's bed whilst two set off “cross
country” over uncharted hills for Braemar. We made for Muir
which we reached around 16.20hrs... so a 7hr 20min day.
Above Inverey (nearing the end of our
A quick wash and a change of clothes and we
were soon in Braemar. Izzy joined us here after overnighting
high on Ben Avon as did Robbie and Judy (though they were not up
Ben Avon... or at least they did not let on if they were) Tea at
the Golf Club was well worth waiting for and though we arrived
back in Aberdeen a little later than expected ... this I
attribute to a fine day out in splendid company.
For the record... Kees and Hazel ascended
Morrone before making for Mar Lodge (which had an Open Day) and
then Muir. Anne P was our splendid driver.