Fourteen Club members and a two man film
crew braved the cold and headed up Glen Muick on Sunday morning.
At 9:15 the presidents party of 13 headed
across the glen to Allt na Giubhsaich path. Eilidh followed with
the intention of going as far up as she wanted to before
returning to the loch-side. Another member, independent of the
group, Neil Bannerman passed us as we ascended to the col.
Setting off towards the Allt na
Anne and Roberta ascending the Allt na
After just over an hour we reached the cut-off
path up to the col below Meikle Pap, by this time the wind had
increased considerably and fresh snow and spindrift were causing
a problem. After ascending the path for 10 mins we stopped to
try to get some shelter for a brew but the wind made this a very
uncomfortable stop and at this point the film crew and Anne and
Roberta headed back down. The ‘picked up’ Eilidh on the way and
spent the rest of the day with the film crew walking round the
Heading towards the col
The weather begins to clear
The eleven remaining in the group forged
onwards and in another 30 minutes stopped for an early lunch as
the weather cleared.
We reached the col in another 20 minutes to
see that the loch in the corrie was completely iced over. So
were the slopes of the Ladder so crampons of various type and
vintage were donned and the Ladder ascended.
The corrie with a frozen Loch
Crossing the col
The Ladder, onwards and upwards
Alistair and Hannah ascending the
The cliffs from the top of the
Derek and Alistair on the plateau
Once on the plateau the group decided to
split with myself, Claire, Alistair, Viktor and Hannah heading
down into the Glas Allt corrie and the other six, Derek, Ken,
Ian, Graeme, Gordon and Alessandro continuing to the summit.
The intrepid six head up to the
The descending group had about an hour
start on the summit group so we took our time and Claire and
Hannah practised ice axe arrests and we all took loads of photos
as we wandered down.
Descending towards the corrie of the
Some ice axe arrest practice
Down towards Loch Muick
Descending the Glas Allt 'path'
The summit party took another 30 minutes to
get to the top and after a quick turnaround headed down Glas
Leaving the summit
Ian with the summit to the right
As the lead group sat having a second lunch
in the sunshine the other group came into view well up the
The descent of the path down by the
waterfall took longer than usual due to the amount of snow and
ice on the surface. There were great views in the late afternoon
sunshine of, the also frozen, Loch Muick and its surrounds.
Loch Muick comes into view
East across Loch Muick
At 2.45pm we were at the loch-side where we
were joined by Anne and Roberta. The film crew headed up to
catch the other party coming down the path.
West towards the sunset from the end of
Almost there !!
By 4pm we were all at the minibus and after
‘freshening up’ we headed slowly up the icy road to the Loch
Kinord Hotel for stovies, tea and cake. This proved to be a very
fine end to a challenging, but very rewarding, day.