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Blairgowrie and District Next Steps




Advanced (Tuesday) Walks 2020


Please ensure you are fully equipped as per our recommendations, particularly during winter season.  All the walks are timed based on normal walking conditions.  Walking times during winter can be significantly longer, so please do not plan anything in the expectation of getting back at the published time.  You should not bring new and untested/unused equipment with you, especially at this time of year.  Practise in the comfort of your home first.  Adjusting and fitting gear on a hill side in a storm is not a good idea and also takes a lot of time.


I will start re-planning things as the situation becomes clearer, and will update the schedule in due course.


Due to the Covid 19 pandemic with immediate effect our walking programme is suspended.  This will be kept under review and adapted as more information becomes available. 


I am rethinking the proposed Away Trip this year, a possible Glen Coe or Sutherland trip is on the cards  instead.  This  will be reviewed in April, though it may be difficult to book accommodation.  If people are still or want to be interested please let me know.




Date Location NGR km Asc Dep Rtn LGE
21 June   Camping 36 tbc         23 June  
27 June   Community Market            
4/5 July   Camping 37 TBC         7 July  
11 July   Kirrie Show            
25 July   Community Market            
9 August   Cortachy Games            
15 August   ALE Festival            
22 August   Community Market            
22 August   Strathardle Games            
6 September   Blair Highland Games            
26 September   Community Market            


10 March   Long Goat NO336612 8.7 450 09:30 15:30 11.1
8 March   International Women's Day
Ben Gulabin
NO101722 5.1 495 10:00 15:00 8.6
3 March   Hill of Adenaich NO304652 8.3 375 09:30 16:30 15.1
25 February   Eskielawn NO273664 9.2 330 09:30 15:30 12.6
18 February   Glas Maol NO166766 5.4 344 09:30 15:00  9.9
11 February   Spittal of Glenshee NO106696 2.5 85 09:30 15:00  9.9
4 Februry   Ranageig NO103492 16.1 435 09:30 17:00  18.6
28 January   Carn Aosda - Cairnwell NO128786 5.9 423  09:30 14:30 9.6



A limited number of Ice Axes (6.00 per day) and Crampons (7.50 per day) are available for loan.  Your boots must be at least 4 season standard and fairly stiff, with a good tread.  Lightweight fabric 2 or 3 season boots are NOT suitable.  You will be given training in using this equipment. 


The Very Strenuous (V)  walks will be arduous and will include significant steep and rough ground both up as well as down and a high degree of fitness, confidence and commitment will be needed.  The charge per walk for these will be 8 per person, and may vary depending on the distance travelled, subject to agreement.  The charge for the 'normal' Strenuous walks remains at 5 per person.


The cut off point for changing from normal Tuesday strenuous walks to the Very Strenuous is relatively arbitrary and defines a step change in degree of exertion required, the limits are based on overall ascents of over 800m and a 'level ground equivalence' of 25.  Apart from the length, height and more challenging ground what adds to the difficulty is the travel time away from home.  But some Very Strenuous walks are easier than others, please discuss with me before committing yourself.  More information is available on the fitness note which is relevant reading for those aspiring to do the Very Strenuous walks.



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