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Lochnagar and The White Mounth

9th July 2005 a long walk around Loch Muick

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Holding a list of Munros in one hand and a map in the other I had resloved to knock off all of those mountains in the White Mounth in one go, reasoning that, since they were for the most part less than 100m above the level of the moor, once I had gained the altitude of Lochnagar from Spital of Gelmuick it would simply be a long walk out. In fact my GPS log reveals a walk of some 29km with a height gain of 1300m which took me a leisurely eleven hours. I was even blessed with relatively cool weather and didn't need to refill my water bottle as many times as I had planned. Walking up to Lochnagar by the trade route meant a great deal of company.

The area around the summit trig point was particularly crowded and I wandered off to find a spot on the corrie rim to eat my piece in peace and watch the climbers below. I was rewarded with a sight of a peregrine too but that was much too fast for my camera to capture. Making my way over to the summit of Carn a Choire Bhaidheach I was aware of showers blowing across and one did cause me to dig the waterproofs out of my pack for the only time that week. I continued round to Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Carn Bannoch and Broad Cairn before descending into Corrie Chash to take the path that traverses the slopes down to Loch Muick.

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