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White Mounth circuit clockwise

White Mounth circuit clockwise


Postby Kerspink » Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:08 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: 05/09/2020

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 29 km

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So up at 5am for the drive to Spital of Glen Muick . Weather was forecast to be windy and cloudy but holidays nearing an end off we go. Arrive at 7.30 car park already heaving . Pay my £4 for parking and are on the go for 8am. Having seen wh route we thought we’d opt for clockwise circuit as we like quieter hills and the anti clockwise route was like Piccadilly Circus ! A nice warm up stroll alongside Loch Muick with rainbows showing us our first Munro of the day, Broad Cairn. We head for the clear zig zag track up , though in hindsight we would take stalker path around the side of loch Muick before it climbs up. The zig zags were probably the hardest part of the day but we just got on with it and came over the top still following the well made track towards our first summit. Made it there by10.15 where we decided this would be our first fuel stop , before we carried on. The wind and rain started to get worse at this point and I was nearly blown over when we stepped from our sheltered spot before heading over to Carn BannocH, Munro number 2. We made to summit within 20 minutes and after a few shots from top, mostly of cloud and rain 🤣 off we trot to hill number 3 . Again good going on easy tracks and we were at next summit after 30 mins, took selfies at both cairns and went to look at planet crash debris which is spread over a massive area, we then decided to cut out a bit of track and headed over slightly boggy ground to Regain the track before the climb up to 4th summit of the day, it was on the part of the day we started to encounter other walkers of which there were many. A quick summit selfie before we head to the rocky crag , think it’s called the Stuic, which takes you round The edge of the Corrie from where we could see our main objective of the day Lochnagar !! We had indeed saved the best for last . We could also now see crowds of people between the breaks in the rain and cloud. We cut back onto the track and made the ascent to cac carn mor, where we got quick selfie, I’m delaying heading to summit slightly to get a bit of peace at the top. By this stage the visibility was very bad and cac carn Beag disappeared into the cloud . We continued up the now badly eroded track To main summit and just before we Started final little pull To top like a miracle all the cloud vanished and a beautiful sunny autumn day started . Had our final pit stop, lots of photos , few more walkers coming up and then we started back down. We walked on stslkers path round the Corrie of Lochnagar until we rejoined the path and all it’s cairns showing the way. From there the tracks became worse and we were relieved to have not had to go by this route up . We continued following the track right back to the car where the wind was light and midges were living life!! 4 pm back at car and buzzing from a great day out!!!
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Kerspink
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