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The Taking of Inch and Clone

By Andy Farrington

The sublime and the ridiculous.

It's not very often that I get welcomed to an elite class/club by a Grandturzel and invited to make a contribution to a discussion thread (as Groucho Marx said "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member" or perhaps "I have a mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it") but I digress.

So hectad finishers, my first completed hectad has already been documented on the 18th May 2010 for NX44 Link when I'd just joined Geograph and was yet to discover the where with all and excitement of completing a first and hectad at the same time just by hopping in my van, popping two miles down the road, driving up a farm track and bagging this grid at Inch Farm.

NX4447 : Inch Farm by Andy Farrington

My favourite shot from this grid though was a land rover which was also published on BBC South Scotland.

NX4447 : Land Rover by Andy Farrington

Bringing everyone up to speed I captured NX34 Link on the 3rd January 2011 which was my first Geograph of the year and the first completed hectad of 2011.

NX3244 : Clone Point by Andy Farrington

... and it was a sod of a grid to get into and out of. The rocks were either slippy or covered in seaweed and even with good walking boots and just 250 yards to cover, proved to be one of the toughest firsts I've ever done. My boots split after getting damaged and I ended up balanced on a couple of rocks with my ankles in water to get the shots. Boots got chucked when I got home and I didn't realise that the hectad was complete until some nice chappy sent me an email.

This rock at Clone Point was where I stood and took all my pictures for this grid, luckily the tide was still going out!

NX3244 : Clone Point by Andy Farrington

So ... a happy ending and I've now started to look around Dumfries and Galloway for new hectads to complete this year as well as my usual routes and tracks into uncharted territory.

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Sun, 1 May 2011 at 22:26
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