TGO Challenge 2015: Day 9

Water of Caiplich to near Tullochmacarrick

Distance: 25.9km
Ascent: 419m

Day 9click to enlarge

Although the ground was tussocky, my pitch was quite comfortable and I had a decent night’s sleep. Despite being up early, I was one of the last to leave. Like most days on this Challenge, there was a cold wind blowing, but at least it wasn’t raining………yet.

DSC02526 DSC02527 DSC02529 DSC02532Water of Caiplich

The walk down to near The Castle was straightforward, although a bit rough and boggy in places. I caught up with a number of Cheese & Winers who had left before me, just as we caught some squally rain. Before the ravine with The Castle, we turned south-east over a boggy bit of ground to the head of Glen Loin.

IMG_1455 IMG_1459 DSC02534Bog hop to Glen Loin

Once on the track down Glen Loin, our little party split up as the Rev. David and I motored on, leaving the others trailing in the distance. This was not deliberate, but it’s just a lot easier going at your natural pace.

DSC02535 DSC02537 DSC02543Glen Loin

Although not spectacular, I thought Glen Loin was a rather attractive walk. David and I had a good natter. Near to Glen Avon we bumped into Andy and Mike.

DSC02547 DSC02550 DSC02551Linn of Avon

Near the Linn of Avon we were hit by a squally shower. At the bridge over the Builg Burn, we met some other Challengers having a spot of lunch. It would have been rude not to join them, especially as the sun was shining.

DSC02552 IMG_1460 DSC02555 DSC02557Glen Builg to Corndavon

Suitably refreshed, it was onwards up Glen Builg. As we started, the sky went very dark, but we managed to miss the shower and the sun shone on us. We crossed the Builg Burn easily. However, the next stream crossing looked a bit dodgy, so I used my waders much to the merriment of the others. Once beyond Loch Builg, Andy left us for Braemar. Almost immediately we bumped into Martin and Keith who accompanied us to Corndavon.

DSC02558 DSC02562 DSC02565Daldownie and near Tullochmacarrick

There was a temptation to camp at Corndavon, but David and I wanted to push on to a nice spot near Tullochmacarrick. After Daldownie, Martin and Keith left us. At our camping spot several Challengers had got there before us. Fortunately there was plenty of space. Although it was windy, the sun made it a very pleasant late afternoon.

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