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by macq23 » Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:09 am
Munros included on this walk: Broad Cairn
Date walked: 19/06/2010
Time taken: 6 hours
Distance: 19.5 kmRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
This was a hike that I did last June with a friend. Having previosuly done Broad Cairn from Glen Doll in the snow, this would be a interesting perspective starting from Glenmuick car park in the Summer. The intention was to do Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch.
It started off as a mild day, cloudy with the sun occasionally poking through. Perfect really, not too hot or too cold!
However it wasn’t until the boat house at Loch Muick came into view when we were hit with the gushing wind. Wow. It was also spectacular seeing the water being blow off from the Loch!
So we soldiered on, probably walking at a slight angle into the wind.
It wasn’t until we reached the wooden bridge before the steeper ascent, that the wind picked up, and we knew we were in for a tough one at the top. As we got to the top the wind was incredible! We were constantly getting blown off balance, blown off the path. We continued for about 20mins, crouching down into the wind before stopping to debate on whether to continue or not, as the the wind was crazy.
There was a couple in front of us, slowly making their way up to Broad Cairn, also being blown about. We decided if they can do it, so can we! We also made the decision to Cairn Bannoch a miss. At this point the blue skies were making a more frequent appearences which made the views even more so fantastic which also spurred us on.
As we slowly reached the top of Broad Cairn, crouching tiger style, the summit was covered and we couldn’t see anything lol!! We stayed at the top for a about 5-10 mins before making our way down for shelter of any kind to eat our lunch without it blowing away!
After lunch, the further down we went, the more wind died down, more blue skies appeared, and made for a very nice afternoon. The views of Lochnagar and Loch Muick were sensational, and I couldn’t get over bright the colours of the ground were.
In all, it was a really good hike which we had a great laugh about the wind. The drive to Glenmuick is not the easiest and quite long, but the area is something special, and I love seeing the deers next to the car park. Its something you don’t see often
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by ChrisW » Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:15 am
by Alastair S » Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:34 am
I too have only been up there in snow so quite fancy an attempt with my MTB during the summer. Going to have to pick a calm day though
by malky_c » Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:30 pm
I've done Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch from Glen Clova too one winter. It ws so windy it was almost impossible to walk over the plateau!
Alastair - You've probably seen this post, but if not, you may find it interesting:
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