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Monday, 30 May 2011

Lochnagar five with Roger, Mike and Adam

Mike and Roger's plane from Stanstead only landed one hour later, at 21.30 h at Aberdeen airport. After mutterings of staying at my place we decided to for the nocturnal walk down Loch Muick to the bothy where we arrived at 1 h in the morning. A sausage, bean & muesli breakfast at 7.15 h and Adam arrived at 7.45 h. Just after 8 h we walked up the path from the loch to Broad Cairn. Here is Mike...

... and here are Roger and Adam just after Broad Cairn.

Easy walking under wide skies with a cold westerly wind. Good for a reunion walk...

... with views over the central Cairngorms.

At one time it snowed and the Munros were nearly in winter condition...

... but quickly the clouds disappeared once again and the granite tor of the Lochnagar summit became visible.

Here is Adam looking down the Lochnagar corrie...

... and here is Mike on the last bit of ascent.

Team photo...

... and a view towards the Meikle pap...

... and another one towards An Stuic.

We descended to Loch Muick and had chicken soup & tea (bachelor menu). Cheers to the guys from the Dundee rucksack club for doing it up. And then Adam and I already had to leave whilst Roger and Mike stayed to savour a Scottish bothy night with the crocodile (only for insiders).

Good old Munro bagging: always special even if the weather isn't!


Thursday, 26 May 2011

Shelterstone & Beinn Mheadhoin

Last weekend Declan, a good friend originally from Enniskillen who now lives in Singapore, came back for a visit. We stayed under the Shelterstone and bagged Beinn Mheadhoin in the morning.