TGO Challenge 2017. Across Scotland, again, in pictures (days 7-9)

Day 7 – Aviemore to Derry Lodge

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The pitch at Coylumbridge – the ground was rock hard
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On the track heading for Lairig Ghru
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Roots on the path – slippy when wet
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Here we go heading into the nitty-gritty of the Lairig Ghru
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Higher into the Lairig Ghru – the views just get better in ideal weather
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Decision time soon as to whether to take the pass, or head up Lurcher’s Crag
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Lurcher’s Crag is on left,  a decision was made
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Roughly below Lurcher’s Crag
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The route flattens out as it reaches the high point of the Lairig Ghru at 835 metres
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Near the Pools of Dee
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Near the Pools of Dee looking back in the direction of Aviemore
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Looking towards the Braemar end of the Lairig Ghru
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The route heads down towards the Braemar side of the Lairig Ghru
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The Devil’s Point in the far left on the walk down Lairig Ghru
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The Angel’s Peak
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How steep looks the Devil’s Peak
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The Angel’s Peak, and on the right the Walls of Dee
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Look Back along the Lairig Ghru – a fabulous walk
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Corrour Bothy – overshadowed, almost threatened by the Devil’s Point
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Nearing the turn-off for Glen Dee
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Derry Lodge – goodbye sun
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Hello cloud – the pitch at Derry Lodge appeared flat but looks can be deceptive. It was very uneven, but the Troookstar coped. Two German lads were pitched 100 yards away and were curious about the Troookstar. They had very efficient looking tents, the names of which escape my inefficient brain, but my Troookstar felt the better option.

Day 8 – Derry Lodge to Braemar

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Looking back towards the Lairig Ghru on start of short wander into Braemar
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Folded arms competition at a Mar lodge social – it was a photo-finish
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Outside Braemar
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Invercauld Arms – whisky galore, part 1. 
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Invercauld Arms – whisky galore, part 2. 
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Invercauld Arms. The calm before the rain storms and vile weather the next day

Day 9 – Braemar to Glen Muick

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Balmoral estate – cairn snapped during a break in the rain. Pictures this day were taken with a phone because it was too wet to risk using the cleverer-than-me camera.
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Heading for Ripe Hill, with mosses growing up the tree trunks
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Ian sorts himself out while the rain takes a breather
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Woods near Ripe Hill – a picture was taken just because the rain stopped briefly. It could be anywhere in Scotland
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Cutting across country from Gelder Shiel, where a family was using the bothy as a weekend holiday cottage – ie free. That’s the spirit.
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The path from Gelder Shiel follows a burn, but the path is at best intermittent. The most sensible course of action was to cut across the heather to the path
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Gelder Shiel is hidden in the woods on the left. A fire started by the family in residence almost enticed me to stay for the night, it was so warm and outside was so wet
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Lock Muick approaching, after a horrid day’s slog in almost unrelenting rain
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Pitch above Loch Muick – you can see the showers pounding down. Ian is filming in the rain with a Go-Pro

 

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