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Tapz On!! Boots Aff!!
by pollyh33 » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:32 am
Route description: White Mounth Munros, Glen Muick
Munros included on this walk: Broad Cairn, Cairn Bannoch, Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Lochnagar
Date walked: 23/06/2012
Time taken: 9.5 hours
Distance: 29 km
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And so to the players in this continuing drama assembled at Gammy's house. Jonny and I arrived at the same time as Colin and made ourselves comfortable as we headed off to the canine carpark to pick up a rather off-colour Andy . A straightforward journey up to Ballater saw us there earlier than we thought and there to meet us was Wonderboy Ron and his Wonderdog Charlie. Ron had been round these hills on a previous occasion (just for a change ) and had planned a route to take in 10 tops while we played at munro bagging.
After failing miserably to get our parking money together, we set off in rather dreich conditions but still happy to be out together. It should be noted that we were missing one of the original Lochnagar attemptees, Jock McJock- he was tied up elsewhere .
There is a very good path all the way through the estate and for pretty much the majority of this walk. Charlie was kept on his leash until we cleared the main buildings and grazing deer and did what dogs do, ran ahead and looked back to see why we were so slow or was that Ron???
After about an hour of very easy walking the rain stopped and the sun came out- shouts of 'Tapz Aff' echoed back and forth and soon layers were shed making us all feel a lot more comfortable.
Ha ha but a wee bit too comfortable because lo and behold, what were we soon met with??....a dreaded river crossing!!! Oh we were not expecting that The performing circus brothers Ron and Andy hopped across without any fuss while the rest of us formed a War Cabinet and decided to send in the foot soldiers, so up went the cry 'Boots Aff!' and we conquered this torrent commando stylie
With Meikle Pap providing a rather nice backdrop we stopped for refreshments and this is where my inability to say no really kicked in. I thought I had outdone myself by bringing along a Green and Blacks chocolate selection box but I was offered homemade white chocolate and custard cookies, jelly and fruit, nuts (organic and inorganic ) oranges - already peeled and segmented!!! Thick fudge rice crispie cakes!! Jeezo my jaws couldn't keep up!!!, I don't know who had the better time, me or Charlie!!!
Food orgy over, we continued along and a gentle climb on the left hand path meant we left our views of the pap behind us and got our first glimpse of the Corrie of Lochnagar and its dark lochan.
A clamber up the bouldery ladder provided us with the most obvious feeling of ascent for the day and with lots of care taken there were no problems at all.
As you can see there was still a fair amount of cloud hanging about but the views were better than are evident in the photographs. That being said a cloud free day up here would be stunning. We just made our own views!!
While four of us headed for the wide path along the plateau, Colin and Andy fancied some rimming round the corrie edge and promised to meet us at the summit. Us non-rimmers were soon to enjoy our own delights with the sighting of one of the biggest non-summit cairns on the hills (most recently Mad Meg's) on Cac Carn Mor, quickly followed by the wonderful sight of Cac Carn Beag. A phonecall to Andy assured me that they hadn't overstepped the mark with their activities and were safely on their way to join us for a group photo.
As we made our way southwest the cloud lifted again and we got a smashing view of The Stuic, Loch nan Eun and summit number 2- Carn an t-Sagairt Mor. Oh what happiness!!!!
And then the cloud moved in...big black rain clouds!!! and it rained and rained and rained....... You know how you have a wee tear in your waterproof trousers and you think it wont matter???? Well today it did!! I was soaked, wringing, drookit from the waist down and from the waist up, luckily my feet and head remained warm and dry otherwise I would have been pretty miserable
There's really not much to comment on the summits of the remaining four munros other than to say that they are easy peasy and make for a good stretch of the legs. Please keep checking your GPS and/or maps because at least two of them had cairns that we initially mistook as being the summits
As you will see in the photos we just progressively got wetter and wetter but the banter never threatened to disappoint and its degree of inappropriateness kept hitting new heights
The descent off the final summit, Broad Cairn, was a bit tricky with endless slippery boulders and we were glad to reach the bulldozed path. This takes you down to a metal hut and there's a wee bench for those who fancy a bit of a rest. Not long after this the path splits. There is a marker cairn and we took the left hand turn here with path taking us along the shores of Loch Muick. It is a very long walk back and I think it took us the best part of 2 hours (maybe more) to get back to the car. The advantage to this meant that when the sun reappeared we could shed our wettest layers and dry out a wee bit
Unfortunately for me I didn't bring a complete change of clothes (I've become complacent due to all fantastic walking weather I've had) so it was a cold wet bahooki for me. After a smashing stop at the Alexandra Hotel for Peroni and fish and chips (sorry, famous jumbo fish and chips) we headed home. And now for my apologies..... sorry to Andy who had to endure my singing on that long walk back everything from Fame to Whats It All About Alfie!!!, sorry to wee woman who sat in my seat before I had the chance to move the cushion- you don't have a weak bladder missus honest!, sorry to the pub owner I nicked half a packet of paper towels to stick down the back of my sodden trousers for the journey home, sorry to Colin and Andy for sending them home with wet trouser legs and shoulders as I seeped and slept on the way home and finally a collective sorry to Gammy from all of your passengers who despite showing great promise of liveliness during Bohemian Rhapsody (it helps if you have BIG hair) , we all promptly fell asleep and left you with a long drive home!!! Please forgive us. XXXX
- andy millar1
by ChrisW » Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:06 am
by rocket-ron » Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:16 am
by laconic surf » Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:17 am
Shame about the weather but great company seems to have made up for it.
Think I may build a wee raft for that river crossing
Hope to read another report of yours before your sabbatical from hill walking. Great effort in dreich conditions
by Mountainlove » Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:21 am
Good effort to walk in the rain...but where is summer gone too??
by lomondwalkers » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:14 am
Love the photo of Usain Bolt
by old danensian » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:38 am
by SusieThePensioner » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:45 am
Glad to see you've not lost the knack of report writing
Jonny will have to change the name to the all-week sneaky peak clubpollyh33 wrote: The mid-week sneaky peak club had gone all radical and planned a day out on a Saturday
Can I join you next time please?????pollyh33 wrote: I thought I had outdone myself by bringing along a Green and Blacks chocolate selection box but I was offered homemade white chocolate and custard cookies, jelly and fruit, nuts (organic and inorganic ) oranges - already peeled and segmented!!! Thick fudge rice crispie cakes!! Jeezo my jaws couldn't keep up!!!, I don't know who had the better time, me or Charlie!!!
by Meatball » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:48 am
You'll certainly have to try the first one again in the dry!
Anyone else spot the innuendo bingo hidden in this report? No? Just me? LOL
by laconic surf » Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:14 am
Another mini WH meet up. Looks like fun although the weather was dreicht. Big round so well done all.
by PeteR » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:52 pm
It certainly seems a riot with all of you when you get out on the hills. I'm not sure I could handle all that food though - I'd need a wee siesta at some point to sleep it all off
I was over the way on Mayer and Driesh on Sunday and looking toward Lochnagar the weather that way looked worse than you had for your mid-week sneaky peak weekend outing. For the most part I missed the rain on my two but anyone on lochnagar would likely have got soaked from start to finish
by Jock McJock » Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:15 pm
Well done folks, really wish I had been up to making this one. Hopefully on the mend and will be back to the MWSP club soon. Andy, get yer finger oot and get the pics on ya steamer! Oh and great report Polly, loved it......BUT.....what happened to song titles (or tittles as Jonny likes to call them ) for walk reports? Pfffft, standards are slipping. Jonny, sort her out eh?