White Mounth Circuit (Easter Munros Day 1)
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For the first of our two day hill-walks over the Easter weekend we will tackle the five Munros on the White Mounth Plateau, the finest of which is Lochnagar (1155m) with its spectactular north-facing corrie. Other summits include Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach (1118m), Carn an t-Sagairt Mor (1047m), Cairn Bannoch (1012m) and Broad Cairn (998m) - a total distance of 18 miles (29 km) to complete the circuit.
The walk is not technically difficult, but the terrain is quite exposed and does involve some scrambling over boulders on the slope up onto the summit plateau. A reasonable level of fitness and stamina is required for this walk and you should bear in mind that although Easter is quite late this year, we may still experience winter conditions at higher levels.
Why not make a weekend of it and join us for a walk up Glas Tulaichean and Carn an Righ on Easter Sunday?
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres in a water bottle, or better still, a hydration bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Medium Rucksack: typically, around 45 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely, ideally one that has ice axe fixings
Waterproof Bags: keep spare clothing, electronics and anything else dry even when your rucksack leaks. Use Ziploc type food bags or, better still, outdoor activity waterproof bags.
Boots: waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good ankle support
Gaiters: recommended for winter conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters, and carry a spare, dry pair
Walking Poles: always optional, some people love them, and some people hate them, give them a try and decide for yourself
Layered, breathable clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece). Bring changes of clothing so you can stay warm and dry
Trousers: no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Waterproof Jacket: breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry.
Gloves: windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain.
Hat: stay warm
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Goggles: ski goggles are fine, in winter spindrift can blind you when the wind picks up and carries the snow about, and then sunglasses won’t be enough
Sun cream: don’t underestimate the sun’s reflection off any snow
Balaclava or snood: keep your face warm in high winds
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example. Put them somewhere easy to get hold of.
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Hot drink: a flask of tea or coffee
Emergency equipment: the walk leader will bring any emergency equipment required for the group, but you are welcome to bring any that you have, such as additional high energy food, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire (either storm proof matches or a firelighter.
Map and compass: the walk leader will have these, but if you like map reading or want to develop your skills, bring yours along
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies, and a spare battery/charger is a good idea
Food & drink
Bring a packed lunch and plenty of spare food, water and other drinks to keep your energy levels up for a full day.