Monday, September 13, 2010

The Buck (of Cabrach)

The Buck Trigpoint
The Buck summit


Not enough time for a full hill day so I decided to pull this from the to-do list. Shameful that I've left it so long really, it's only about 10 miles from my front door.


(As usual, lots more, and larger photos available in my Flickr set at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chimpaction/sets/72157610517351464/
All photos are linked to their Flickr page where a larger version can be viewed by clicking on the 'All Sizes' button)


Date: 30/11/2008
Count: 1 Graham
Distance: 4km
Time: 45 minutes up, 40 on top, 30 minutes down
Weather: Sunshine & frost
Present: Me

Left Alford at 10:30 on a frosty St. Andrew's Day and was soon at the foot of the hill. Set off around 11:15 and just followed the fence. No navigation issues on a day like today.


Route 1 for 2km
The Buck from the B9002

The path (of sorts) runs along the left side of the fence. It was mostly a solid block of ice so I skirted along the edge of it for most of the way. i suspect that most of this walk would be a boggy, sodden mess in warmer weather.

Slippy
Bobsleigh run (phone shot)

45 minutes to the top and the views were fantastic. Spectacular visibility and no wind meant that I hung around the summit for a good 40 minutes taking in the views and enjoying a coffee or two.

Across the Cabrach
Across the Cabrach. North-west to Ben Rinnes.

Cairngorms from The Buck
Ben Avon and the Cairngorms.

The Buck Trigpoint
The Buck trigpoint.

Had a look at the carving on the rock. Surprisingly, for this part of Aberdeenshire, they are not Pictish. See http://www.rcahms.gov.uk/pls/portal/canmore.newcandig_details_gis?inumlink=17252# for more details.

Mysterious Engravings
Mysterious Engravings.

Winter Sun
Winter Sun. The Buck trigpoint.

In The Shade
In the shade. Mount Keen & Lochnagar.

Skirted the path completely on the way down for a spot of frozen-heather bashing and was back at the car in 30 minutes, just before the cloud came in. A grand day out!

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