Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Friday, 15 September 2017

14 September - Pressendye  Graham 619m NJ490089. Map 37

Generally, this September's holiday has been wet with thick mist often hiding the hills. The persistent rain has, however, provided a good test for my Mountain Equipment Lhotse jacket and Lynne's equivalent, ME Manaslu. Both have performed flawlessly keeping us bone dry, the Gore-Tex Pro fabric proving extremely breathable with no condensation. [I make no apologies for using the term 'breathable' despite some - can't remember where I read this - objecting to the term because it isn't actually the same as breathing in a living organism. As if any of us thought it was...]

On some days respite from the rain has been found in beautiful Glen Lui, in the Morrone Birkwood, the Nature Reserve at Dinnet and Braemar Mountain Sports - shop and The Bothy. Amazingly I've not bought a single piece of gear, though admittedly the holiday isn't over yet. Coffee? That's a different story.

Pressendye's isolated dome is clearly seen on the drive from Tarland and much to our relief the parking spot just off the B9119 at the start of the road to Pett farm was vacant. Cars are no longer allowed to park at the farm, so parking space really is limited.

Pressendye rises north of Tarland and the Howe of Cromar. From the parking spot we took the road, bordered by fields of oats and barely, to Pett. This gave fine, open and unfamiliar views across the farm lands of Cromar. In contrast, the track from Pett led us through glorious Scots Pines which were eventually replaced by Sitka Spruce as we reached a wider forestry track. 

Breaking out of the trees, open slopes led to the trig point where we were met by a strong north wind. Pressendye, isolated as it is from other hills, gives superb views: Bennachie, The Buck of Cabrach, Morven, Tap o' Noth, Clachnaben, Mount Keen and Lochnagar.

The large shelter provided a welcome place for tea and rolls, the wind howling over our heads. 

Pressendye is a fine hill and in calmer weather there are other tops to visit and enjoy.












5 comments:

  1. Just tuned in before off to bed so pleasant thoughts from your photos and account.

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    1. Good morning Conrad. It was a grand place to be and we will go back some day to explore further.

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  2. I now have a huge computer monitor (compared to the very modest job on Larry my newly retired Laptop) and your pictures look wonderful! If you could crack the enlarging thing I cannot imagine my joy!

    :-)

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    1. Hello Alan. Nothing I try gets the photos to post by email - either I get a message telling me the files have exceeded that allowed by the campsite server or Blogger only allows one, sometimes only the text to publish. Blog Manager also appears to have stopped allowing me to edit a post once published hence 'isolated' is used twice.

      We spoke of you today as we enjoyed our last day of holiday on Carn an Tuirc and Cairn of Claise, picking out your TGO Challenge route from Tom Buidhe. You would have loved today's fabulous weather and views to match.

      For your new big screen and for your screen only, I'll upload some photos to SmugMug when I get home.

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    2. Thank you for trying, Gibson
      :-)
      I remember Tom Buidhe with affection - the weather was going horribly pear-shaped at the time and the hill was mercifully small so we could nip over it quite quickly to have lunch on the other side. It would have been good to have had your views!
      That is a problem with the Challenge; the days have to be done, whatever the weather throws at you.

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