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Glorious Lochnagar! & the Loch Muick Munros

Glorious Lochnagar! & the Loch Muick Munros

Postby Jokester » Sun Oct 18, 2015 5:44 pm

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: 03/10/2015

Time taken: 7.75 hours

Distance: 29.6 km

Ascent: 1284m

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The cloud cover didn't look to great on arrival at the car park, at least it would provide for a cool day.
ImageIMG_0320 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr

Thankfully it looked like clearing and once up at the bealach only the very summit was still covered in cloud and looking like burning off very quickly.
ImageIMG_0323 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr

From there, it was onto the ladder but a well constructed path through the boulders makes it a straight forward, but still steep walk.
ImageIMG_0324 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr

Following the cliffs round, the summit started to come of out of the cloud, with a bit of luck it would be clear by the time I got round.
ImageIMG_0326 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr

But it was not to be.
ImageIMG_0327 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr

I didn't linger long as it was still very chilly in the autumn air out of the sun, so it was on to the next Munro Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach. The approach from Lochnagar doesn't do this hill justice as it appears a mere hillock from this direction. The summit is indistinct but thankfully a small cairn marks the apparent spot.
ImageIMG_0331 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr

The walk towards the next Munro Carn an t-Sagairt Beag allows you to look down towards Dubh Loch and the other two Munros on this walk.
ImageIMG_0334 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr

The summit of Carn an t-Sagairt Beag is marked with fairly unattractive cairn with rusty metal rods, presumably parts of the crashed plane.
ImageIMG_0337 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr

Next up is Cairn Bannoch, a fairly straight forward walk in good conditions, with very little "up" required from coming from the North. I stopped here for lunch and enjoyed the fantastic views of the rock faces and Lochnagar in the distance.
ImageIMG_0340 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr

Final Munro for the day was Broad Cairn, again a fairly quick walk but a bit more of an uphill hike to it this time.
ImageIMG_0343 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr

After that was the trudge back to the spittal, I took the highroad for the views, even though the zig zag section is a bit of a pain after a long walk, but definitely worth it.
ImageIMG_0350 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr

ImageIMG_0351 by matthew_chalmers, on Flickr

A great October day in the sunshine!

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Re: Glorious Lochnagar! & the Loch Muick Munros

Postby dav2930 » Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:11 pm

Some fine shots of the great corrie of Lochnagar - what an impressive sight! That's a big walk you did. :clap:
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Re: Glorious Lochnagar! & the Loch Muick Munros

Postby Petr Dakota » Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:25 pm

I agree with dav2930 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Nice memories from there in snowy condition... :D Nice route, great walk !
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