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Postby Stuart Blakeley » Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:53 am

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: 05/08/2011

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 30 km

Ascent: 1200m

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Another lucky day with the weather saw us complete the Lochnagar five!
The Lochnagar 5!
It started off very sunny from the car park at the Spittal of Glenmuick (£3 for the day) and got a little windy when we got part way up over the 'ladder'.

Fairly straightforward route and a very easy five Munro's once you have gained the height. From the car park follow the obvious path (think it's best to go anti-clockwise, leaving the walk out along the south side of Loch Muick). At the cairn at the bottom of the Corbett (Conachcraig), head up to the foot of Meikle Pap and continue up the ladder to the plateau.
Some locals!
On the plateau above the ladder with the Corrie of Lochnagar in the background

Once there follow the path all the way round the Corrie of Lochnagar and continue on good path and you will come to the large cairn of Cac Carn Mor. Continue on a short distance and you reach the summit of Lochnagar (Cac Carn Beag).
At the Trig Point on Lochnagar

After enjoying a coffee and a sandwich (and the fab views) it's a easy jaunt over to the summit of the 2nd Munro (Carn a' Choire Boidheach) - it took about 45 mins.
Sitting at the cairn of Carn a' Choire Boidheach

From here there's a little descent down to the path then back up to either Carn an t-Sagairt Beag or straight up the the 3rd Munro (Carn an t-Sagairt Mor).
Summit of Carn an t-Sagairt Mor
Along the way you should come across the wreckage from a Canberra jet that crashed here in 1956.
Some of the wreckage from the Canberra Jet

Easy enough walk along to the next munro (Cairn Bannoch)
Top of Cairn Bannoch
and then the final Munro (Broad Cairn).
The final top of Broad Cairn
The final munro is a little bouldery and the decsent requires a little care and attention but easy enough.
Looking back!
Loch Muick

Once you get down to the pony shed you have a choice of path to exit back to the car park.
The Pony Shed
On a good day, best to stick to the higher ground as the views are good.
My new house - I wish!
If the weather is poor, it is recommended to drop down to the lower route along the shores of Loch Muick.
Loch Muick

Long walk out but not too taxing.
Stuart Blakeley
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Re: Lochnagar

Postby rocket-ron » Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:27 am

I did these on the same day as you. I was with my dog a choclate lab
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Re: Lochnagar

Postby PeteR » Sun Aug 07, 2011 12:30 pm

Some nice pictures there. Great views. Nice to see what I missed when I was there last weekend. The weather was definitely not as good as you had :( I'm a bit behind on walk reports, but will post my trip later today with some lovely pictures of ......... clag :lol:
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