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Lochnagar

Lochnagar


Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:25 am

Route description: Lochnagar from Glen Muick

Munros included on this walk: Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach, Lochnagar

Date walked: 13/09/2015

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"Away, ye gay landscapes, ye gardens of roses!
In you let the minions of luxury rove;
Restore me the rocks, where the snow-flake reposes,
Though still they are sacred to freedom and love:
Yet, Caledonia, belov'd are thy mountains,
Round their white summits though elements war;
Though cataracts foam 'stead of smooth-flowing fountains,
I sigh for the valley of dark Loch na Garr."


Lord Byron

We had a most enjoyable week staying in Ballater in September 2015. This holiday was a chance to walk some of the less fashionable hills of the Cairngorms and Grampians, but with a sombre beauty of their own, enhanced by the rich colours of late summer blending into autumn.

The river Dee at Ballater.

ImageIMG_3308 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Feeling suitably Byronic, we decided on Lochnagar as our target for our first day.


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We walked up from the Spittal of Glenmuick car park under low clouds. However, as we ascended, the clouds receded ahead of us, in a helpful kind of way. By the time we could see the famous loch and crags, the clouds had retreated onto the highest rocks.

ImageIMG_2782 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The scenes became even more dramatic as we climbed the bouldery staircase up to Cuidhe Crom and then walked along the edge of the "crater" - this is the top of the Red Spout. I have heard that Cuidhe Crom means "crooked wreath" referring to a late-lying snow patch in the shape of a shepherd's crook.

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Ahead of us was the rise up to Cac Carn Mor.

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The cairn on Cac Carn Mor.

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From here I wandered over to the top of the cliffs, with some grand views down the gullies.

ImageIMG_2803 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Black Spout and its Pinnacle. The walker obligingly appeared, to provide me with scale.

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A closer view.

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A rather arty abstract view across Black Spout from a side gully.

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Looking back to Cuidhe Crom.

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Some attractive pinnacles...

ImageIMG_2853 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The Old Man of Lochnager?

ImageIMG_2846 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Cloud clearing from Cac Carn Beag

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The summit view indicator.

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Big skies to the north from Cac Carn Beag.

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Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach, The Stuic and Loch nan Eun from the summit.

ImageIMG_2862 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

We wandered southwards again, lingering at the top of more dramatic views down the cliffs - this is a nicely perched boulder.

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Granite walls of the "crater". More about the Somme Lochnagar "the largest crater ever made by man in anger" can be found at http://www.lochnagarcrater.org/. However by a curious non-coincidence, the crater at the Somme was not named for its resemblance to this huge hollow, but after Lochnagar Street, the trench used in the operation. That in turn was named after a street in Aberfeldy Village (!) in London E14.

ImageIMG_2891 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Looking across the gullies of Cac Carn Mor. The cairn can just be seen.

ImageIMG_2892 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

My favourite of the many views we had of these crags.

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Looking back to Cac Carn Beag, now bathed in sunshine.

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Clouds above Cac Carn Mor.

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It was all so enjoyable that in order to prolong it we headed over to the cairn of Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach, which had a great view of the unfolding skies above Lochnagar.

ImageIMG_2928 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Mountain puja in the form of some very nice Kendal Mint Cake, on the cairn of Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach.

ImageIMG_2924 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

We went over to the rocky top of The Stuic to look at the view.

ImageIMG_2936 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

Loch nan Eun and the twin summits of Lochnagar from the top of The Stuic.

ImageIMG_2947 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

The ridge of The Stuic, with Sandy Loch beyond.

ImageIMG_2959 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr

On the way down to Loch Muick - the Falls of the Glas Allt

ImageIMG_2980 by Half Man Half Titanium, on Flickr
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Re: Lochnagar

Postby EmmaKTunskeen » Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:59 pm

Enjoyed this 2-yr-old memory of yours so soon after my Lochnagar trip. Your photos of Black Spout and its Pinnacle and in fact all your pinnacle shots are just beautiful. And I didn't realise the Lochnagar crater wasn't named after the corrie but after the trench. Thank you for the enlightenment!
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