Lochnagar Raid

Lochnagar Raid, 11 May 2019

A blog post from one of our mountain adventures in the Scottish hills and mountains. A guided day on the high mountains surrounding Loch Muick, including Lochnagar. Richard Kermode was leading.

Lochnagar Raid

We met up in a sunny, but cold Glen Muick car park for our walk up Lochnagar. It looked to be a cracking day as the clouds were clearing and the hills were definitely coming out to play. I was walking with Jeanette, Neil and Brian today and once we had some sunscreen on we were off along the track towards Lochnagar. There were plenty of folk about some walking and some camping.

It wasn't long before layers were coming off and we made good progress up the biggest climb of the day. Before we knew it we had reached the fresh spring snow and were making our way up through it onto the plateau. The wind was cold, but not strong and the conditions were fantastic! There was quite a procession of walkers heading around to the summit of Lochnagar, but we managed to time our arrival between groups and after some photos headed off to the false top for some well earned lunch in the shelter of the rocks. Having known there would be a good amount of fresh snow we were impressed with the depth in places and even in the sunshine it wasn't too wet so we made excellent time over the snowiest section of the walk to Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach.

There were plenty of tracks through the snow in front of us and the visibility was superb so navigation wasn't an issue. The amusing thing was that our group had been chatting away all the way with the exception of the steepest parts of the climb on to the plateau. By now we could see our next three Munros were only patchy with snow and the sun did seem to be depleting the snowpack as we looked at it. After spotting a mountain hare and hearing some Ptarmigan we were soon over on the top of Cairn an t-Sagairt Mor enjoying more food and banter in the sun.

The views had been phenomenal all day with the Cairngorms, Creag Meagaidh, Grey Corries, Ben Lawers, the Lomond Hills and possibly Berwick Law so there was always something to look at and work out what we were seeing. The walk over Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn was in gorgeous sunshine and much less snow so when we reached our final summit and the views down Loch Muick we were ready for a rest in the shelter and sunshine again. We had flown round the hills and finally we could see a couple of the showers that had been forecast sneaking about snowy. As we descended the boulder field and on to the much improved footpath we were dodging the showers and getting great views up the Dubh Loch and Eagle Rock with a fair bit of water coming down the burns.

It was a lovely walk back along Loch Muick to the cars in the sunshine and banter flowing all the way to the finish. A classic day out in perfect weather!

More photos by Richard Kermode are here on Flickr.

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