Last weekend, we once again got a lift from the Aberdeen Hillwalkers into the Cairngorms. It was a gorgeous day with temperatures in the 20Cs/70Fs--hot for Scotland. I was pleased, although several of our fellow walkers struggled. I even got a little sunburnt! Honestly, if not for the clean mountain streams to replenish our water, I might have struggled a bit as well.
The first half of the walk, not surprisingly, was challenging on the legs and lungs. Our picnic a few hours into the walk was well-deserved and also very tasty as one might imagine. I do enjoy a picnic in the hills. It then got rocky for a while as we neared the top of Lochnagar. The views from the top, and the fact that it was my first Munro, were worth the effort to get there. Then, we had to descend. We were slow getting to the top because one member of our group was feeling a little ill, so we had to hurry down somewhat to make the time cutoff for the club bus. We took a shortened return route which included a lot of uneven stairs and a lot more rocks. All of which, earned me a few blisters. But, I bagged a Munro!
|Lochnagar in the distance (photo taken on a previous walk)|
|Just starting, near Keiloch|
|Red deer, near the peak|
|From the top|
|Sipping Royal Lochnagar on Lochnagar!|
Panorama from the tip top
|On the way down to Glen Muick|
Nearing the end of the descent
Pat took most of the photos.