Early start for my first Munro attempt. Sure we could have picked an easier one! I managed to sleep all the way to the car park in the "Disco".
When we arrived we met up with the rest of the crew and a very large Wolfhound who loved to run through the heather.
At the start of the the walk we encountered some large herds of deer, with a very large stag watching over the doe's.
The lower slopes we OK to walk on. An interesting "river" crossing had some getting their feet wet, but no-one fell.
On the way up there were still some patches of snow, but well off the path. As it got more rocky near the top I had to be helped by Russell, legs a bit short for some of the steps. The view of the loch was impressive, but the mountain top was shrouded in cloud.. Near the top it got cold and wet. Everyone, including Mum & Dad stopped to put on thier waterproof trousers and jackets.
Like everyone else when I reached "the top" I was looking to get some food inside me, only to learn we had a wee bit to go yet to reach the summit. Once there it was a bit cold to stop and eat, so we started the descent to try and find some sunshine and heat to enjoy our lunch.
We found some sunshine on the way down and had lunch. Was ready to eat! The way down was quite steep past the waterfall. Mum did really well, despite her knee. The walk back past Loch Muick was easy, due to the good pathway and before long we were back at the car park.
I had completed my first really long walk and first Munro.
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