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Lochnagar 5 +
by Broggy1 » Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:13 pm
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
Corbetts included on this walk: Conachcraig
Date walked: 23/07/2015
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 30.3 km
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Our annual three day trip to Scotland.
The forecast did not look great at all for the Wednesday with the best chance of clarity being in the East. With this in mind we headed for Glen Muick where - after kindly being allowed through the closed A93 by the road workers - we arrived at 11pm to set up camp and a quick can before bed.
A cold night and not much sleep saw us head to the Spittal of Glenmuick car park to set off at 7am.
Simple and easy path up between Lochnagar and Conachcraig before taking the clear path branching off for the Corbett. At this point it looked like a dodgy day with cloud over the tops and rain beginning to pour over Lochnagar itself.
The route up Lochnagar was then easy enough with the best views of the day being gained from the mountains grand cliffs. The strong winds made it incredibly cold for the time of year up there and I found myself zipping on my trouser bottoms and getting my hat and gloves out of the bag.
With a lot of the hard work done the rest of the work was an easy promenade around the White Mounth ticking off four more Munros. Once we got onto the Cairn Bannoch arm the wind was no longer in our faces and we felt much warmer.
There seemed to be two options for getting down from here - a high road and a low road - but with the wind still biting our choice was made easy and we went for the track heading down to the shores of Loch Muick.
This turned out to be a terrific path and it was a long (and at times undulating) stroll back to the car park along the shores of the Loch.
A nice route this with good paths meaning that the miles feel fairly easy and the gradients not too bad at all. The last 4 Munro's particularly are a very straightforward exercise.
Last edited by Broggy1 on Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:29 pm, edited 1 time in total.
by Guinessman » Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:19 pm
Broogy, heading this way in an October backpack, did you tent camp at the Spittal?
by Broggy1 » Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:22 pm
Guinessman wrote:Broogy, heading this way in an October backpack, did you tent camp at the Spittal?
Not at the Spittal - a bit lower down the valley near the river.
I know it is said to be "frowned" upon in the area but we felt that our late arrival (11pm) and early start (tents gone by 6.30am) would be fine.
There were a few camped at the Spittal near the picnic benches so sure you can do but others may know better.
by simon-b » Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:28 pm
This is a good round, Broggy, and that was a nice detour to add the Corbett.
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