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Lochnagar

Lochnagar


Postby mike law » Tue Oct 12, 2010 6:40 pm

Route description: Lochnagar from Glen Muick

Munros included on this walk: Lochnagar

Date walked: 10/10/2010

Time taken: 6 hours

Ascent: 930m

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Clare (my daughter) 6th Munro and what a great walking partner she has turned out to be. She shows determination you rarely find nowadays and considering all her previous outings have been spent in cloud, battered by high winds and been given more than her fair share of rain for the year, I'm sure her pals at school would think there is more enjoyment going through the local garage car wash........ without the car.

Early start from Perth and reached the public car park up Glen Muick. Got the gear on and we were on our way by 09:30hrs. Walking towards the Spittal we could see how overcast it was. We went through the pinewood, following the track a further 3km to the col at the head of Glen Gelder.
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Once more into the clouds dear Clare!
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Come on Clare.... on your feet!
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Now I strongly advise you..... stick to your left!
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Ah!..... I see why you said that dad.
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Now I had told her not to get too triumphant once we reach the cairn, cos the highest point was a little further on. There's no telling the youth of today.
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Hold on a minute, the cloud seems to be lifting....
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Hey dad, is this what heavens like?
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I hope so Clare, I hope so.
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Let's push on to the trig point.
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Ha! ha! ha! My pals will see the point of all this now.
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Oh well I suppose it's back to reality..... down through the clouds.
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Down there to the loch and along to the left, we'll be back to the car in an hour and a half.
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Well what a day, enjoyment and elation followed by fatigue. So much so Clare didn't have any energy left to place her boots into the car. I wonder if they are still sitting in the car park waiting for our return visit?

Never mind, a small price to pay.
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Re: Lochnagar

Postby Merry-walker » Tue Oct 12, 2010 6:54 pm

Crackin' report Mike!! Loved the pictures, especially the cloud inversion. I was contemplating going to Lochnagar on Thursday :)
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Re: Lochnagar

Postby mike law » Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:14 pm

Thanks for that Merry-walker, yep! fantastic feeling when you experience an inversion. Don't think you could ever tire of it. p.s. next time you're there look out for the boots. :D
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Re: Lochnagar

Postby Merry-walker » Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:18 pm

I will Mike. If I do go on Thursday, and see them, I will bring them back for you :)

I've never had an inversion... so here's hoping 8)
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Re: Lochnagar

Postby monty » Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:26 pm

Excellent report Mike. Like the subtle humour :lol: Great inversion too :D
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Re: Lochnagar

Postby andyfitz » Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:31 pm

Great report and pics. If you could post some advice on how to persuade a teenage daughter to go on a hillwalk that would be ideal!!! My girls (16 and 19) find the idea of getting out of bed before mid-day at the weekend totally alien. Well done Clare - though I hope leaving the boots didn't signify retirement from munro walking!
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Re: Lochnagar

Postby mike law » Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:39 pm

Hi andyfitz, Clare is 16 next month and it's just the start of her Munro 'career'. We got a pair of replacement boots today, the only stipulation she made was that they should be purple. Maybe that's the incentive......... purple boots!
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Re: Lochnagar

Postby mike law » Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:46 pm

Hi monty thanks for that, humour has to be order of the day cos' I'm just settling down to watch the fitba!
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Re: Lochnagar

Postby Merry-walker » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:44 pm

I know what you mean about teenagers, mines is 15 and the walk we did in the Linn of Dee was absolutely classic

"its too long"

"I'm thirsty"

"I'm hungry"

"My feet hurt"

"this is boring"

"yeah, the hills... so what like..."

"wish I had my mp3"

"I'm being eaten alive by all the bugs"

"want me x-box"

"hate me mum for making me do this"

I'm sure Clare was a lot better than this. My Andrew's hill walking days kinda started and ended in one go :lol:
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Re: Lochnagar

Postby mike law » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:51 pm

I should count myself lucky I suppose. She seems to enjoy the great outdoors but the ipod does get a look in as I huff and puff up the hills.

She also likes to get back in time if her boyfriends football team have a home game.
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Re: Lochnagar

Postby Milesy » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:56 pm

LOVE THE INVERSION!!!!! GIMMIE GIMMIE GIMMIE :D :D :D :D :D
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Re: Lochnagar

Postby Merry-walker » Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:58 pm

hoping to get some Thursday, never experienced it
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Re: Lochnagar

Postby kevsbald » Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:00 pm

One of my fave hills - did it justice with that. Stick with Clare, she clearly knows what she's doing.
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Re: Lochnagar

Postby magicdin » Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:00 pm

great that you and your daughter spend days on the hill together - and that she enjoys it :D

once tried to get my own wee daughter involved - didnae work out alas :(
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Re: Lochnagar

Postby Stretch » Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:35 pm

Enjoyed your pics Mike, sharing a temp inversion with your daughter should be a lasting memory. The clouds were much lower on Monday morning, I'm sure loads of lucky walkers had a similar experience!
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