rotten bottom, Moffat hills

Discussion in 'Trips Reports' started by edh, May 14, 2018.

  1. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    The breakfast duo take some long overdue exercise in squelchy heaven…..

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    The Plan.

    Yes, the plan.

    To get el to a point where breakfast is at least 10 miles away; ingenuity required. Me too. Need some steel in these legs.

    An early afternoon taxi gets us to the environs of Megget reservoir from whence we sally forth towards Lochcraig Head (a Donald, no less - ð please tick). I don’t even know what a Donald is….and could care less.


    The initial track is a good way to gain height into the somewhat pleasant day; the weight of the lunchtime (ahem) ballast, however, is an ever-present gravity check.

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    It’s all good until its goo; this is the case when we leave the path and wander onto my ‘imagined’ route…which is where I think there should be one. There is. Thanks sheep. Always good to get one’s navigation tips from a dumb ruminant…room (sic) for a joke there…

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    It’s very wet up here. Looks like Northumberland but holds a lot more water (must check underlying geology).

    After some time bog-hopping off-piste we drop to a semblance of firmer tread overlooking the somewhat wonderous Winterhope Burn. All is well…with el…

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    …especially as this little newly born fella thinks el is a parent…and follows us, much to the distress of baaaaing real mum.

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    Down to a sheepfold. ‘Lunch’. At least a kilo off the pack-weight.

    And then upwards to our ordained bivouac site…we are heading for the hill split by the wall above my compatriots head. Sloooowly.

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    At about 700m a halt is called to collect some rather ‘bitty’ water; subsequent progress is a tad more slow…

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    You could get most of a music festival set up on this summit…

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    Update on the baby lamb….

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    With rain coming in atmosphere abounds…

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    The timing of the day is good. The light slips away as the rain arrives….driving me into the tent to eat (not my favourite as it is all cramped up)…but at least I can feign deafness to the constant bleating from nearby - ‘wasn’t that little lambsy-wambsy the cutest’? Oh please.

    Earplugs.



    An homage to Mark Rothko.

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    As luck would have it… rain falls all night, on occasion heavily. Yet our stadium pitch is fine as the winds are light to nothing…in all it promotes slumber.

    At 5am it is still coming down so a film is partaken; bored with that coffee and kuchen are prepared…the film is more syrupy than the baklava.

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    The pitter-patter relents as we strike camp; the views slightly different from the fine clear evening of yesterday. Yet these mists too are illusory, as they comprise but a little low early morn cloud…the day becomes fine later.

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    Fine open ridges ensue; all rather damp underfoot….

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    Looking back to our bivouac site.

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    el revelling in the titular ‘Rotten Bottom’ – the map describes this morass pretty well.

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    ..and so to Hart Fell (another Donald; let the tribe increase…)

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    Really………………………………………………………………………welcoming

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    I pause only to pay homage to the noble pork-pie..

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    And that is about it…really. We drop down from here to a couple of Kms on a country track, a little tired of soaking feet and watching every step.

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    Besides, the young lad needs his breakfast.

    Obviously.

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  2. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    One rather obvious omission?

    Hardly living up to your name
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  3. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

  4. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    Now that's how you write a proper trip report, hopefully @edh will take notes....
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  5. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I had the modest breakfast :angelic:
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  6. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Great pics Ed, cracker of a sunset

    Excellent narrative as always

    What's the tale behind the bent pole, was it bog jumping gone wrong or a slip and a tumble?
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  7. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    My view; incompetence..

    In actuality, slippy as hell. I skidded three or four times. el just unlucky.

    clumsy oaf
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  8. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    Wow, cracking trip, it must be 35 years coming on since I've been to Moffat, iirc there were wild Peacocks in the hills ?
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  9. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    ....well, perhaps they were hiding
  10. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Almost my back yard….. tho' I've yet to 'bag' Hart Fell -> a Corbett (- too soft snow was the culprit last attempt :rolleyes::bag:)
    I don't refer to the Borders as "Bog snorkeling Territory" for nothing :biggrin:.
    The usual and IMHO more scenic route to your camp site is up the Grey Mares Tail and around Loch Skeen - the bit around the Loch is also very boggy :D:thumbsup:.
    Thanks for the giggle :thumbsup::laugh:
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  11. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Always love an EdH trip report - you should collect them all together somewhere. "Update on the baby lamb…" had me snort my rakı; given the amount of tax on alcohol in Turkey, you owe me big time.
    What are you using for posting photos? It doesn't seem to be flickr.
    (Get your finger out, @el manana)
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  12. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    ...cheers; it is Flikr

    I am thinking of starting a 'not very bloggy' blog :o o:

    I am saving your liver; you should thank me.
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  13. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Descending on wet grass, foot slid away and ended up on my @rse - the whole lower pole section was embedded when i got up.

    Pretty much every footstep was squelching in water that day, surprised how quagy it was, worse than the Cheviots imo.
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  14. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    That must have been really painful. Did edh pull it out? :eek:

    :roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao:
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  15. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    No he was too busy :roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao:....

    :(
  16. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    ..laughing :roflmao:...yes
  17. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    BUT....in a totally supportive manner :)
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  18. Taz38

    Taz38 Section Hiker

    Great trip report Ed (and El).

    I just say one word...boots...
    ;)
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  19. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

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  20. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Same plate of food ? …… you shared ? …….. too poor after the taxi fare to buy 2 separate plates ?? :wideyed: :cautious: :wink: :whistling: :biggrin:.
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