From Loch Muick cp up tourist route to col below the ladder, drop to Lochnagar loch outlet (cp 100) then up the NE ridge to the summit. Strong wind turned into vicious gusting gale on the climb from the loch, almost taking us off our feet and blowing us uphill onto rocks. V glad of full waterproof (as well as windproof running top) and gloves. All a bit exciting for a while. Decided to return by Glas Allt to drop out of the wind asap. Really struggling on the climb today – just no energy in my legs to work – but downhill felt ok.
Never underestimate Lochnagar. I’ve had too many "interesting" times up there.
Thanks to Katie H for taking my kids for the night, Jon and I headed to the hills. I was running and he was on/carrying his cyclecross bike. First time up Conachcraig and the running on the top over to Caisteal na Caillich was lovely. We then took the main track towards Meikle Pap and down through large boulders to the mouth of the loch at Lochnagar, Jon was cursing me at this point as there was no cycling. We went up the north side to reach lochnagar summit and then down past the waterfall. Some showers on top which were cold but overall nice day.
Friday 11th Sept
From Glenmuick carpark, up to Caisteal na Caillich via the usual track up to Lochnagar. Then down and across the grassy bog around the north shouder of Meikle Pap to approach Lochnagar Loch from the north side. Very strong wind gusting down the cliffs and across the Loch, so went around the north shoulder and saddle to approach Lochnagar top up its NW shoulder. Brief stop on Lochnagar, very low visibility as cloud down over the tops. Then off to the Stuic – will have to come back when there’s good visibility. Then followed track west until the first burn, and followed that down to Dubh Loch. All reasonable running on descending ground. Followed track down from Dubh Loch for half k, then struck out up to Loch Buidhe and then across the flat mossy ground to the track down to Glasallt waterfall. The return back along the loch was quite an effort. 32Km walking/jogging, 6 hours moving time. Fab scenery.
With the weather due to clear, I headed up Glenmuick to get up on to the Lochnagar plateau. I cycled to Glas Allt Shiel and got up to the waterfall, which was spectacular due to heavy overnight rain. As I climbed from there the visibility deteriorated and the rain came on. At the path junction I decided to abandon The Stuic and went back down towards the Loch. As I clambered over the rocks, the visibility started to improve, and there was Lochnagar ( the loch). I returned by the (very wet) path to the bridge above the waterfall and back to the bike. Raven, kestrel, goldeneye, wheatear and red grouse braved the elements with me.
Started out up the Lochnagar path to the Meikle Pap saddle and dropped down into Lochnagar (loch). It had been suggested by a couple of helpful walkers, that we could come back out by climbing the ridge to the west of the loch. We had a look but we aren’t entirely happy on these steep slopes and my gammy arm clinched it – we would come back out towards the saddle.
Continued climbing to Lochnagar.
We were now looking at combining routes posted by SaraD and DaveH (in reverse).
Along the good path to The Stuic (cp36) and then over Carn a’ Choire Bhoideach and heading down into the Dubh Loch (cp37). It was a long, rough climb down and chapeau to SaraD who climbed up from the Dubh, and in snow!
From here we reversed DaveH route over past Loch Buidhe before getting onto the tourist route down to Glasallt waterfall(cp39).
Eventually got down to the lochside track and the long walk back.
A big day out and two weary Deeside Runners ended up at Aboyne for fish an chips.
1 – Lochnagar loch
2 – The Stuic
3 – looking down into Dubh loch
Sunday on Stob Coir’an Albannaich was enough to make me stop winter activity in the highlands. A 10 degree temperature inversion, ran and strong head winds meant hard work to no climbs and no views. Where as today will be one I will rememberfor all the right reasons. For a start Daves hill challanges got me to visit Lochnagar using ways I have never done before. Hard snow made walking easy and I have never seen and heard so many birds on a day in the hills.The hares seemed happy to have me as company and virtually no pathways in the snow.
Caisteal na Caillich provides a varied view of the cliff, and I was surprised by the weather station just beyond Lochnagar, as in the loch, not the cliff. Tiredness nearly had me heading down but the ticker one and Central Buttress (II) was a pleasure with a tricky step near the top to get the adrenilin running. The Stuic was a pleasant stroll westwards to fine views. The return shortly joined the tracks which led to the Falls of Glassalt and the path down in evening sunshine. Thouroughly recommended as a day out.