This trip was done at the very early stage of my Munro bagging adventure and the time taken probably represents it very well.
Our route is the same than the White Mounth Munros circuit except that we did not descend from Lochnagar to the Loch side, and of course ours is the other way.
The night before bagging was spent just below Broad Cairn. From Spittal of Glenmuick it takes about 5 hours which is NOT included in the sum time, since it was done before any Munro bagged. We woke up early in the morning and was walking by about 5:00 am.
On the way to Lochnagar there are airplane debris, worth a few pictures. No difficulties up to there, We were there by 7:30 and had breakfast. The weather was very cold, the refreshing CocaCola in the plastic bottle was actually solid. Snow was frozen that made the walk surprisingly easy and quick.
From Lochnagar we descended on the tourist path and saw many surprised people, ruining there imagination that they were the first today. Descend took about 2 hours.
So purely walking hours so far this day was about 5 hours, therefore the full White Mounth Munros circle in a day would probably be about 10-11.
From Spittal of Glenmuick we drove towards Braemar, dropped the car off on A93 at the point where the two rivers, Allt a' Choire Sheiridh and Allt Coire a' Bhathaich meet. This is NOT the car park where the Glas Maol Munros starts but where it ends up in the main road again.
From the car park we climbed up to the ridge. There is stone fence all the way to Cairn of Claise (about 3 hours), which is very easy to follow. From there we headed to East and reached Tom Buidhe. Took the same way down to the saddle then turned to the North and reached Tolmount without any problem. From Tolmount we went back to Cairn of Claise but reason for this was the extremely bad weather and zero visibility and had to have a certain point to re-orientate. In better conditions (or with more experience) that Munro can be left out 2nd time and go further North and climb up less instead. The Tom Buidhe - Tolmount bypass from and to Cairn of Claise is about 7.5 km and took 2.5 hours.
Weather was getting better and Carn an Tuirc was reached actually in sunshine (wow). From here the Glas Maol circuit was followed. We reached A93 in about 1.5 hours. On the road we hitchiked back to the car and had a very god sleep in it.
This section of the day was about 7 hours walking. So basically 12 hours walking and 11 Munros for the full day!
Next day one stair was a big challenge at home .
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