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.

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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.

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 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!