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Cooks Cairn with Pete Hags

Sat, 18 June 2022 @ 11:00 - 14:00

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Cooks Cairn with Pete Hags - FULL PRICE
£ 10.00

A demanding, mostly pathless but short (11 miles) hill-run in the heart of Glenfiddich/Blackwater; ground not often trodden.

Starts and finishes at NJ 351 343 Dorenell Wind Farm main entrance Car Park. (Glacks of Balloch). Mostly off-path and off-road after a warm-up on the forest track. This is a spectacular, short hill run which takes the ridge from Scaut Hill (Trig point) to Cook’s Cairn and back.

There are turbine paths that cross the route, but as they lead nowhere, the best route is on the ridge direct. The object of this short run is to build skills to cross rough hill country running style. There are spectacular views to Cabrach (left) Corryhabbie (right), Blackwater, Glenlivet and the Ladder hills; all part of this group. Many other combinations are possible in this range and this is a good introduction to it. There are no river crossings needed but expect to get wet feet unless it is bone dry. The situation is exposed (wind or heat). If the winds are too high, there is a plan B to simply turn back at Carn Allt Chlaiginn.

The route takes in a huge variety of surfaces: some forest track, steep grass, rough hill surface, heather, peat hags and slight bogginess. There are no cliffs, no crags and no scrambling is needed. It is a great introduction to the ‘off-piste’ nature of this area.

Event Details

Date:
Sat, 18 June 2022
Time:
11:00 - 14:00
Cost:
£10.00
Distance:
11.1 miles / 17.76 km
Grade:
Challenging (info)
Leader:
David Gordon
Dogs:
Yes, well behaved dogs are welcome
Category:
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The average pace will be about 5.5 mph (faster on the tracks and slower on the ascents or very rough ground). Ascent about 400m. Two hard pulls and otherwise undulating (no paths).

Only lightweight gear is needed: fell-running/mountain marathon style. Bumbag or close-fitting race-style rucksack or vest. Fell-running rubber pyramid studs (worn in) or good trail shoes. Windshirt, thermal base layer/ or running vest and flexible, outdoor grade clothing. Light hat and gloves. No cotton fabrics. No heavy boots, bulky fleece or gore-tex suits are needed and will impede you. If you want to take sticks you can, but be prepared to carry them. Take water.

Do some off-path training first to strengthen up ankles and joints and try and raise your anaerobic threshold prior. There will be some climbing in and out of peat hags, though often one can drift through them with no effort. Expect holes, boggy patches, tussocks and heather.

There are no river crossings needed but expect to get wet feet unless it is bone dry. The situation is exposed (wind or heat). If the winds are too high, there is a plan B to simply turn back at Carn Allt Chlaiginn.

Organiser

Organiser:
David Gordon
Phone:
07763499508
Email:
delagolfkilo@outlook.com
Website:
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Venue / Start

Dorenell Wind Farm – Main Entrance Car Park
Glacks of BallochAB54 4ES

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Starts and finishes at NJ 351 343 Dorenell Wind Farm main entrance Car Park. (Glacks of Balloch).
Mostly off-path and off-road after a warm-up on the forest track.