This is a rather different "walking story" - actually a frenetic 5 hours of dashing up the 20th highest peak of the Scottish Highlands in the mist and rain, without a compass, taking in 4 other munros, then dashing back to Glen Muick - all after a day's work!
Not recommended for the average hillwalker, but on a fine day with time to spare, it presents a rewarding hike!
It's not unusual to encounter a fell runner these days, when out for a leisurely hillwalk - this is an insight into the mind of one such individual! And he's clearly one of that breed, a munro-bagger!
(There are no photos, but when you read the story you'll understand why not!)
Paul Fisher< Back to Scotland page for links to other stories
|Location||Near Ballater, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland|
|Date walked||9 August 2005|
|Walk type||High hills and mountain hikes|
|Difficulty||Requires mountaineering skills and lots of stamina|
|Distance||Lochnagar is about 18 km there and back from car park in Glen Muick|
|Height climbed||800m plus!|
|Time taken||5 hrs 0 mins|
|Map used||Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 sheet no 44 - Ballater|
|Walk source info||Covered in many Scottish walking books|
|Getting there||Car from Deeside road (A93) up Glen Muick|
|Places to stay||In Ballater and other locations on Deeside|
|Other features||Close to Balmoral Castle. Normally over 5 hrs for Lochnagar ascent & descent - this run took in 4 other munros!|