After suffering horrendous back pains from my Glen Lethnot walk last Friday, which I feel I did over do, I was keen to get back to do another ascent, but not too long a walk. I also knew that if on Long Goat the pain got too bad, that I could take the Southerly track off Long Goat back to the Glen.
OS Map No (Landranger 1:50,000)
44: Ballater & Glen Clova
OS Map No (Explorer 1:25,000)
At RHS off main road driving North, about 1km North of the Muir of Pearsie. Space for 2-3 cars at a push. There is a red metal gate of hill side of the road just 10m back from the parking space.
The red metal gate of hill side of the road just 10m back from the above parking space.
. A steep climb to the top of Long Goat. Stopped for a snack and a coffee. Although the start of April, it was like a winters day and I was sorry I never had winter trousers or winter gloves on. I had to put on the micro fleece over my waterproof during the stop, but decided now that I was up high and it was a NW wind, to put the fleece under the waterproof for the remainder of the high top walk. Only a slight drop before another steep climb, albeit not too far up Cat Law.
Through red gate and a short walk to a 2nd red gate leading to open hillside. Continue to top of Long Goat. A slight drop from long Goat then steep climb to top of Cat Law, following the fence on your RHS. Drop off south from Cairns to pick up on a track that continues to the Crandard. A long and steep descent in places from the Crandard to the glen.
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Notes on Back Pain
Although not any worse than from when I started the walk, I did feel that my back was starting to tire on the descent from the Crandard. Update 08/04/21: Stiff and achy the day after, but nothing like the horrendous pains from the previous walk.