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TP1000 - Balta
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This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 52nd with 3 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 8.43/10 (from 7 logged visits)
Was First logged: 3rd Sep 2012
Was Last logged: 10th Jun 2019

Of the 7 logged visits,
2 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 6m
The average error was 4m
The closest was 2m

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Selection of photos for this Pillar.

Flush Bracket
Montaged by Jon Rouse
By peregrinus
S4826 - Trig pose!
Cliffs just north of pillar
Asphalt Spider
By plet56
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Logged Visits:

Good condition 10th Jun 2019  14:30  by trigging on an island

FB Number: S4826  Condition: Good  Score: 10/10

Pretty much my most sought after island pillar visited in recent years. The day spent boating around all the other islands was pretty much a washout but we definitely had the best of what was going on Balta. This is what you put up with all the dross for, for absolute top drawer experiences like this :).

Good condition 10th Jun 2019  14:20  by dugswell2

FB Number: S4826  Condition: Good  Score: 10/10

A stunning island location.

Good condition 10th Jun 2019  14:19  by jonglew

Gridref: HP 66245 08193   FB Number: S4826  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

From Cullivoe on the Compass Rose. Landed at SW end of a sandy bay on W side Balta. Was half expecting a Vanessa, but hey-hotine it was. Pillar has lost its centre cap, has an asphalt plug; LHS sight hole open. Extensive sea and land scape views.

Pillar TP1000©jonglew
Spider TP1000©jonglew
Flush Bracket TP1000©jonglew

Good condition 5th Jun 2013  12:40  by peregrinus

FB Number: S4826  Condition: Good  Score: 10/10

Asphalt plug. Superb island. Landed in sandy bay to NW, ran to N end of island then back over all the tops - except the old broch which was too tricky to get to, at least in the time available. Day charter from Mid Yell, a group of us island bagging. Also visited Uyea, Linga and Hascosay. We had struggled to find a boatman, but eventually found Angus Petrie who did an excellent job in difficult sea conditions

Montaged by Jon Rouse

Good condition 5th Jun 2013  12:15  by Chalky

FB Number: S4826  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Asphalt plug.

Good condition 3rd Oct 2012  10:51  by edfielden

Gridref: HP 66248 08187   FB Number: S4826  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Boat trip from Baltasound Marina with Brian Edmondson, arranged through Edmund Nicolson of Muckle Flugga Charters. The weather was calm but quite rainy and the small metal boat jumped merrily over the waves of Balta Sound. I was landed on rocky pebbles at HP 6592 0828 and walked past a small building and up towards the high point of the island. The Hotine pillar is surrounded by a small circular arrangement of stones. FB faces NNE; ESE sighthole open, all others plugged; asphalt replacement cap. A good outlook over the eastern side of Unst. Much of the view beyond was marred by the low cloud and drizzle. A fascinating island nonetheless with interesting eastern-facing cliffs full of seabirds and the remains of a herring fishing station - apparently an 'extension' of Baltasound village in days gone by.

S4826 - Pillar Looking WNW up Balta Sound ©edfielden
S4826 - Pillar Looking NNW towards Saxa Vord ©edfielden
S4826 - Top ©edfielden
S4826 - Flush bracket ©edfielden
S4826 - Trig pose! Looking SW ©edfielden
Cliffs just north of pillar Looking NW ©edfielden

Good condition 3rd Sep 2012  09:30  by plet56

FB Number: S4826  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Had to wait 3 days for a (small) break in the weather but then it was a quick kayak out from the harbour at Baltasound. Landed on the small sandy beach then up to the pillar avoiding the sheep sh*t and rabbit holes. The weather was starting to close in so didn't stay long. The paddle back was tough into the wind. The pillar looks slightly weather beaten with the base slightly eroded (probably the sheep) and an asphalt plug. The views would probably be pretty good on a clear day, unfortunately it wasn't for me.

View to the south west
Asphalt Spider
Flush bracket ©plet56

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