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Lochnagar cornices

Date walked: 12/04/2021

Time taken: 8.5 hours

Distance: 18km

Ascent: 760m



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The mwis forecast indicated a 700m freezing level and experience suggested to me that taking ice-axe and crampons along for the walk would be wise.

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After scratching about for the four pounds parking fee I set off in the minus six Celsius morning. The air is very clear and it does initially feel cool but after half an hour of precautionary big glove wearing I relieve my sweating (!) hands and continue un-gloved which doesn't cause any discomfort so I guess the temperature was edging up as I was overheating in my also precautionary fleece and jacket combo. Well, summit temperature forecast was for minus seven right through the morning so I thought I ought to be prepared.

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It was a beautiful walk along the side of Loch Muick with a light dusting of snow on the track and the loch surface shimmering in the early morning sunlight.

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The woods were largely bare of leaves but still looked beautiful.

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Fences up to protect some of the woods.

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I vaguely recollected that the crag ahead indicated the location of the path up (I didn't really fancy a possibly iced up steeper alternative) and a quick look at the map confirmed this; at least twenty-four years since I've been this way. I was a bit sad about that as I had enjoyed the lochside stroll immensely. However, I was here to climb a hill (or was I?) so I had to say goodbye or see you later to the loch at some point. Good view of Broad Cairn too.

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Beginning of the next pine wood also means the start of the walk away from the shore.

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It is a pleasant walk up through the wood to the start of the ascent.

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Good view of the track that climbs from the opposite lochside towards Broad Cairn.

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Steepish zig-zags leading up to the Falls of the Glasallt. It definitely doesn't feel like minus six any more!

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A sight of the waterfall ahead gives me a bit more uphill impetus.

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Well, there is a little bit of ice and a little bit of slippery snow so I take the precaution of donning microspikes. Not really vital but I prefer not to have to concentrate so much on foot placement.

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The main waterfall is quite stunning.

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But, again, I have a hill to climb so need to move on from the waterfall too.

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The way ahead. Not so dramatic as the alternative but it is a vastly improved path compared to my recollection.

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Takes me a while to get up to the snow patches and a couple I met en route confirmed there would be little difficulty.

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I was actually here to see the cornices though so I cut off north to get a view into the corrie.

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Not the greatest vantage point to start with but I knew from my 2014 visit that there would be good views to come further round, providing the cornices themselves did not prevent access to the best viewpoints.

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Managing to peer into the corrie now and the cornices are quite big and dramatic.

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Looks a good ten to fifteen feet wide at some points so I am well back from the edge.

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Hole indicates the hazard.

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Would normally be a straight-forward stroll to this point but today it is a careful navigation of where the obvious edge is.

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Summit. Been there before entirely oblivious of the grandeur of the cliffs but not any more!

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More dramatic crags.

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A quick sortie west over mixed hard and soft snow for more cliff views.

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Don't recall the sea to the east being so prominent before.

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Can't beat fluffy cloud against a blue sky.

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Straightforward plod back to the car.

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2021

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Distance: 108.1 km
Ascent: 4080m
Munros: 2
Grahams: 1
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Distance: 226.7 km
Ascent: 11266m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 4
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Distance: 187.05 km
Ascent: 9684m
Munros: 3
Corbetts: 3
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 1
Sub2000s: 1

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Distance: 191.9 km
Ascent: 12074m
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 2
Sub2000s: 3

2017

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Distance: 226.75 km
Ascent: 8838m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 4

2016

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Distance: 229 km
Ascent: 9236m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 6

2015

Trips: 39
Distance: 286 km
Ascent: 12583m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 9

2014

Trips: 29
Distance: 3564.25 km
Ascent: 15847m
Munros: 2
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 9
Hewitts: 3

2013

Trips: 29
Distance: 206.75 km
Ascent: 16700m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 5
Grahams: 4
Sub2000s: 4

2012

Trips: 12
Distance: 73 km
Ascent: 5261m
Munros: 4
Corbetts: 1
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2

2011

Trips: 6
Distance: 55 km
Ascent: 3917m
Grahams: 3
Sub2000s: 1

2010

Trips: 6
Distance: 22 km
Ascent: 2200m
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1

2009

Trips: 4
Distance: 24.5 km
Ascent: 2194m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 1

2008

Trips: 3
Distance: 24 km
Ascent: 3189m

2007

Trips: 5
Distance: 31 km
Ascent: 1896m

2006

Trips: 3
Distance: 37 km
Ascent: 3730m

2004

Trips: 4
Distance: 44 km
Ascent: 2706m
Corbetts: 1

2003

Trips: 5
Distance: 50 km
Ascent: 5760m
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2

2002

Trips: 3
Distance: 29 km
Ascent: 2449m

2001

Trips: 6
Distance: 46 km
Ascent: 4245m
Munros: 2

2000

Trips: 1
Distance: 16 km
Ascent: 1300m
Munros: 3

1999

Trips: 1
Distance: 28 km
Ascent: 900m
Corbetts: 1

1998

Trips: 1
Distance: 8 km
Ascent: 1055m
Munros: 2

1997

Trips: 1
Distance: 27 km
Ascent: 1400m
Grahams: 1

1995

Trips: 4
Distance: 80 km
Ascent: 4322m
Munros: 3
Grahams: 1

1994

Trips: 2
Distance: 35.5 km
Ascent: 2477m
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 1

1993

Trips: 1
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 1100m

1992

Trips: 2
Distance: 46 km
Ascent: 2345m


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