Hill: Blairdenon Hill
Date: Sunday 20th July 2014
Company: Just myself
Distance: 9.2km, Ascent: 440m
Time: 2Hrs 50Mins
In December 2011, I ascended seven out of eight of the Ochils New Donalds in
a traverse from Glendevon to Alva. Today, on the way home from a weekend based in Tyndrum, I decided to ascend Blairdenon Hill, my
one remaining Ochils New Donald. I opted to start from Carim Lodge in Sherriffmuir.
I initially followed the tarmac track leading to Carim Cottage before heading into a mix of grass, moss and tussocks.
Looking towards Blairdenon Hill from Carim Lodge:
During the initial ascent, I picked up a faint vehicle track which I followed most of the way up Little Corum.
Looking back to Carim Lodge:
Ascending Little Corum:
Looking back towards Carim Lodge wood:
The soft, spongy moss made for pleasant walking. I sampled some of the Blaeberries during the ascent of Little Corum.
Looking towards Mickle Corum from Little Corum:
From Little Corum, I made my way across to Mickle Corum.
Ascending Mickle Corum:
At the top of Mickle Corum:
From Mickle Corum, I continued on to the 616m top of Blairdenon Hill and then on to the summit.
Final ascent to Blairdenon Hill:
On reaching the summit, I visited all the potential high points.
Fence junction at the summit of Blairdenon Hill:
Small cairn at the summit of Blairdenon Hill:
On descending from Blairdenon Hill towards the 616m top, I spotted an iron cross. A closer look showed that it was commemorating a Tiger Moth crash.
Remains of 1957 Tiger Moth crash:
Plaque on cross:
I returned via roughly the same route trying to use vehicle tracks as much as possible.
Looking towards Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin:
Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin (zoom):
Whilst crossing back over Little Corum, a lapse of concentration whilst walking through an area of short tussocks, resulted in a fall. I rarely fall on the hills
so this was a bit of a surprise. In 30+ years walking, this was the first time I
have hurt myself in a fall - I landed awkwardly spraining my wrist. Thankfully my head made contact with
moss/grass on hitting the ground and not rock!
I picked myself up and continued on down the hill, paying more attention to the lumps, bumps and tussocks!!!
103 New Donalds complete, 15 remaining. Possible completion in 2014? (TBC)