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White Mounth circular (May 2022)

White Mounth circular (May 2022)


Postby allyanddave » Fri May 13, 2022 10:19 pm

Route description: White Mounth Munros, Glen Muick

Munros included on this walk: Broad Cairn, Cairn Bannoch, Càrn a' Choire Bhòidheach, Càrn an t-Sagairt Mòr, Lochnagar

Date walked: 12/05/2022

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 29 km

Ascent: 1470m

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After moving to Keith last year, it was time to tackle to some big hills so what better place to start than Lochnagar? We camped overnight in Ballater and I left the campsite at 7am feeling chuffed with my early start and organisation, although arriving at the Spittal of Glen Muick my smug level fell sharply as I realised I'd left my walking boots in the campervan back in Ballater :shock: Not to worry, I had some old trainers in the boot of the car, and the weather looked good.

A steady climb to Lochnagar, and I loved the moment when the corrie rises like a monster over the horizon. What stunning natural architecture!

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With the wind blowing hard I took the path a good distance from the cliff edge round to the trig and toposcope. Stunning views across to Munro number 2, Càrn a' Choire Bhòidheach.

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No-one around, just a few ptarmigan to keep me company on the climb to The Stuic with its wondrous view down to Lochan nan Eun.

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I stayed on the main path and approached Càrn an t-Sagairt Mòr up the track from the SE. Well worth adding a few hundred yards for dry feet. Big views all around, but the weather looked like it was starting to close in from the west.

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Onwards over Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn - easy summits with the main climb already in the bag - and a sense of anticlimax as I crossed the expanses of peat big. But all would be forgiven when the incredible views down to Loch Muick opened up.

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One last rocky descent before a couple of miles of lochside track back to the car. All done in a shade under 7 hours. Not rushing, but maintaining a decent walking pace, with the weather turning for the worse as the day went on. A fabulous day out.
allyanddave
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