Fri, 25 Jun|
Get On Yer Hike 4
Experience the beauty and wonder of Lochnagar
Time & Location
25 Jun 2021, 08:00
Ballater, Glen Muick, Ballater AB35 5SU, UK
About the Event
Lochnagar from Glen Muick
Lochnagar is one of the most celebrated of the Munros, a pointed summit rising high above one of Scotland's most beautiful corries. It was also featured in a poem by Lord Byron, ending with the following lines: England thy beauties are tame and domestic To one who has roved on the mountains afar Oh! For the crags that are wild and magestic The steep frowning glories of dark Lochnagar.
Lochnagar was climbed by Queen Victoria, who wrote of the summit 'But alas! Nothing whatever to be seen; and it was cold, and wet, and cheerless.' Hopefully your luck is better!
Route mostly follows clear tracks and mountain paths but there is one steep boulder field to negotiate.
This will be our fourth Get on Your Hike event.
Fitness and Safety
Please note we will be climbing 1-2 Munros with some steep terrain. Distance will be 19-23km. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and walking ability to be able to complete this.
Please do assess your own level of fitness to ensure you are confident you will be able to complete the hike. If you want to build up to this level and would like some shorter hikes let us know and we will see if we can arrange this.
Get On Yer Hike is a community group. By coming on these hike you agree to take full responsibility for your own safety. You will have and require the correct kit and knowledge to navigate munros safely without causing harm to yourself or others. There will be people on the hike who know the route but you agree to take full responsibilty for your own safety.
Walking will be around 7-8 hours and include climbing one to two munros.
Only 12 spaces availabe so book fast.
Ensure you appropriate kit with you. See kit list in menu for a list of desired equipment for hiking. Boots suitable for walking, warm clothing, waterproofs and water bottle essential.
Where to Meet
Please be at the car park at Spittal of Glen Muick and kitted up and ready to leave for hike at 8am. Please don't be late as we don't want people waiting around in the cold.
If you prefer you can choose to wild camp near the car park the night before. If you are doing so please follow this guidance on wild camping.
Dealing with emergency poo situations in the outdoors
Please bring toilet paper, a disposable bag and hand sanitiser (a backpaking trowel can come in handy for digging a hole). Please read this advice for dealing with emergency poo.
Learn how to avoid and treat ticks here.
Learn how to avoid midges here.
Get On Yer Hike Shop
See our online shop for emergency bivvy bags and tick removers.
The latest Scottish government guidelines state:
"Organised outdoor non-contact sports, exercise, personal training and coaching are permitted in groups of up to 15 people (including coaches and instructors), providing appropriate guidance is followed."
We will be following Mountaineering Scotland's Guidance for Hillwalking during COVID-19
This includes the following advice:
Follow the current Scottish Government advice (FACTS):
- Avoid crowded places
- Clean hands regularly
- Two metre distance
- Self-isolate (10 days) and book a test if you have symptoms
- Be cautious of touching surfaces eg gates, stiles and clean your hands if you do touch a hard surface.
- Avoid sharing food, drink or equipment with other people.
- Be self-sufficient and plan ahead to minimise potential contact with others by avoiding stops for fuel and using other facilities out-with your area where possible. Take everything you need withyou including food, drink and a bag to put your litter in and #TakItHame.
- Car sharing and public transport - follow the current guidelines on the Transport Scotlandwebsite