TGO Challenge Day 11 – Gelder Shiel to Ballater
A night in a bothie has the added advantage of not having to pack away the tent but the downside to this is having to endure snoring that some have taken to an olympic standard, luckily I came prepared with ear plugs. We quickly tidied up the bothie and hit the trail.
A few miles down the track I joined the lads from Edinburgh to bag the Corbett top of Conachcraig, we ditched the bags and headed through heather towards the top. Cloud had settled on the top but it didn’t spoil the magic of bagging my first Corbett with some new friends.
I spent some time boxing with a punch tree, its spongy bark was something I had not come across before. When we reached the splitting of paths at Allt-na-giubhsaich we said good-bye to the Edinburgh lads and we headed North towards Ballater.
The path to Ballater took us through Glen Muick and past the Lynn of Muick waterfall. The local campsite was easy enough to find and a few other challengers dotted the site. The evening was spent in the Alexandra, myself and Pete ended up in the restaurant enjoying a candlelit meal for two, the amazing food and the romantic atmosphere was enjoyable and but I had to draw the line when Pete started playing footsie with me.
In the bar we asked Ken Knight to pull up a stool to join us in some late night revelry, Kens a good bloke and his stories of American trails gave us plenty of banter for the night. We had the decency to make sure Ken went back to his lodgings full of merriment, it’s a service we try to roll out to all our new friends.