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A milestone on the Mounth.

A milestone on the Mounth.


Postby martin.h » Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:14 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

Date walked: 19/09/2016

Time taken: 8.45 hours

Distance: 29 km

Ascent: 1228m

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Day two of our holiday, with the promise of decent weather we opted for a long day and this round of Munros was too good to ignore.
I'd heard about Lochnagar, Queen Victoria had climbed it on a windy day, Charles wrote a book about an old man around these parts and loads of people on WH had said it's a very enjoyable round of five munros so I had to take Denise on this walk, she was just two mountains away from her halfway point and this walk would make sure she got there.

We arrived at the Glen Muick car park a little after 8:15am, paid the £4 park fee (cheap in my opinion) and got ready for the off. The boot donning session gave the midges the chance of an English breakfast, little sods, so we didn't hang about.

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Just about ready, the day looking promising.

Off we went following the WH route. The walk to the start of the ascent is on an excellent track, there is evidence of the impact the storms last winter had in this area, there are signs that the burns were overloaded with water the sheer weight of which had shifted loads of stones and small rocks and eroded the sides of them, if my local area at home is anything to go by I bet people are still feeling the effects around here even now.

The path towards Lochnagar splits left around NO 274860 and is excellent, easy to walk on, height is gained quickly. We saw a large flock of Geese overhead escaping the forthcoming winter

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View from where the path splits.

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The way ahead to the bealach.

We got to the bealach between Meikle Pap and the ladder pretty quickly, there was cloud shrouding the mass of Lochnagar and it showed no sign of lifting anytime soon which was a pity, we'd got to this point and the sun had been shining most of the way, the cloud had been bothering the summit since we set off but we were hoping it would disperse as the temperature rose, no such luck.

Views from the Ladder
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Meikle Pap.
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Just above the ladder and at the start of the ascent around the cliffs of Corrie of Lochnagar we walked into the clouds so saw nothing of this spectacular corrie. We arrived at the cairn on Cac Carn Mor still in mist but thinning, the path to Cac Carn Beag is like a motorway just showing how popular this mountain is, we arrived at the trig and view point still in the mist which was a bit of a sod but it was showing signs of improving so after snacks and photos we retraced our steps to the cairn on Cac Carn Mor and set off for no:2.

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Denise on the summit of Lachnagar.
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Looking back to Cac Carn Mor.

By now the mist had started to lift a wee bit, still bothering the higher summits but we were getting a sense of where we were and we could see the main Cairngorms to the north.

The mist beginning to clear.
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Views.
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The mist was off munro No:2 Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach which was ideal, this was Denise's halfway Munro, she wasn't bothered about it being a bit of a lump she was just happy she'd got to this point, we're both beyond that now, we'll keep on plugging away, she has 9 to catch up on me so we'll make sure she gets those and hopefully we might get the chance to compleat together on the same day on the same Munro, you never know, we might manage that.

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Denise on Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach her 141.

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My 150.

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Lochnagar beginning to clear.
Views.
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The Stuic
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After a celebratory sip of water and a cereal bar we were off to no:3 Carn an t-Sagairt Mor. This is a nice walk over made better with clearing skies and the sun coming out to play. On the way round C an t-S M there's a small path marked by a cairn heading uphill, we took that, it's not the main path but it leads to the summit, the main path a wee bit further round really can't be missed.

There are two large cairns up here looking at about the same height, the first ones the summit but we visited both just in case.

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At the furthest cairn.

The views are really brilliant, we could see Tolmount and Tom Buidhe where we were the day before, the Cairngorms to the north, Lochnagar and our next targets Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn.

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By the summit Cairn.
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One thing we didn't do was to look for the remains of the aircraft up here, I've read about them and wanted to have a look but, for some reason, I totally forgot about them.

Next was Cairn Bannoch, from a distance its a pointy rocky tor so different from the surrounding hills, it looks a long way but it only took 40 mins summit to summit over very easy ground. On the summit the views into the corrie below are fantastic.

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Cairn Bannoch.

Views.
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Looking back to Carn an t-Sagairt Mor.
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Broad Cairn now looked pretty close so, after a 10 min food and photo break on Cairn Bannoch, we set off for the final Munro.

On Broad Cairn.
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The views from Broad Cairn are stunning in all directions, mountains everywhere, the only thing that put a dampner on the views was that you could see just how far away the car is.

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After a re-fuel we set off, we decided not to go down to Loch Muick via Corrie Chash but to keep high and take the easy track along the ridge above Lock Muick and with the views as they were it was a good call.

Views on the way down
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Still smiling.
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The zig zags at the end dropping down to the bridge over Black Burn are steep and torturous, especially on tired legs so care is needed. After this section the remainder of the walk back is easy going just above the loch, the trees around the carpark are visible all the way giving you a reminder just how far you've still got to go, it took us nearly three hours from the top of Broad Cairn to the carpark, it's a bit of a slog.

This is a great day out, it's straight forward enough whatever the weather but anybody wanting to do this walk should wait for a good weather day if they can, the views and the ambience are fantastic.
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Re: A milestone on the Mounth.

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:04 pm

Congratulations on getting to the middle milestone :D
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Re: A milestone on the Mounth.

Postby mrssanta » Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:38 pm

well done to you both and what a fab day you had.
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Re: A milestone on the Mounth.

Postby martin.h » Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:22 am

Huff_n_Puff wrote:Congratulations on getting to the middle milestone :D


Thank you Huff_n_Puff, that was Denise's aim this year and we managed it.
I guess the next milestone is 182, I'm already drawing up plans to try for that next year :D

mrssanta wrote:well done to you both and what a fab day you had.


Thanks mrssanta, we were lucky with the weather all that week, its great to be able to plan your week and be sure the days turn out as forecast. :D
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