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Lochnagar - back in Munro business
by BlackPanther » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:07 pm
Route description: Lochnagar from Glen Muick
Munros included on this walk: Lochnagar
Date walked: 17/04/2011
Time taken: 6.5 hours
Distance: 19.2 km
Ascent: 1080m2 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
The start/finish point was at the car park at the end of the public road up Glen Muick (£3 daily charge). Parking was busy, quite a few walkers aiming for Lochnagar. The sky was crystal-clear blue, birds were singing... Hoooray, spring is here to stay!! Actually, after a few miles of walking uphill it felt more like summer
We crossed Glen Muick then followed a path through the woods, which soon became a track again and offered a very nice climb beside a stream. The tops of Mekle Pap and Cuidhe Crom dominated the view.
As we continued our climb, we turned to the main path towards Lochangar, which branches off from the track to the left. After hopping over a few stones we ascended to the bealach between the main bulk of Lochnagar and the outlier Meikle Pap. There were still patches of snow along the way, but if weather stays as sunny and warm as it was on Sunday, it will soon disappear. As soon as we reached the col, a wonderful panorama of the Lochnagar cliffs opened up before our very eyes - one of the best views I've seen so far in Scotland. Simply stunning! I couldn't resist staying on the col for a few minutes and simply sinking in the scenery...
After some time spent enjoying the views to the corrie, we headed up for the Ladder, a steep slope full of large boulders. It looks a bit scary from below but as I walked up I found it quite easy. After a short push uphill I reached the wide Lochnagar plateau and looked behind me searching for Kevin - he was still half way down the slope, with his camcorder on. When he joined me after a few minutes, he said:
"Sorry to be so late. I was making a very scary movie for your dad!"
Well, my father has never climbed anything higher than a ladder up his loft and he keeps telling me I'm completely bananas. Another movie of his daughter scrambling up a boulder field would be a real shake for him - I better keep it for myself
We took another short break to take more pics and admire the views once again:
The final climb up to the summit cairn of Cac Carn Beag, past the smaller cairn of Carn Cac Mor was now straightforward. We had a great time lurking around the cliff edge, taking more pics from different places along the plateau...
Eventually we walked up to the trig point, situated on a big rocky outcrop. After having some fun with the indicator marking directions for other hills, we decided it was time for lunch
As a return route we took a path down the Glas Allt glen. A lovely detour and a good opportunity to visit lovely waterfalls. It would all be perfect but for very aggressive wasps flying around. One of those little beasts gave me a nasty sting . Luckily, I'm not allergic to wasp venom.
We finished our route by following the path down to the track that circles Loch Muick. The final walk along the loch shore gave us some more good views to end a well spent day
by Border Reiver » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:29 pm
by happydaysinthehills » Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:47 pm
by yokehead » Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:20 pm
by kinley » Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:23 pm
We got some nice views to your hill at the weekend from the 'Gorms
by rockhopper » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:55 pm
It looks a lovely walk - good weather certainly makes all the difference
by ChrisW » Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:11 pm
by Tenbob » Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:29 am
It seems you were the only people there at that point. Lucky you. We had about ten people around us at the summit, all vying for photo's at the trig.
Nice report and photo's, just be careful which one's you show your dad!