Meeting at the Ranger Station at Glen Doll the 4 of us readied ourselves and checked our kit for the 2 day winter route and overnight stay at the Stables Mountain Bothy at Callater.
Our route took us up the flank of Corrie Kilbo on the well banked up footpath. On reaching the top of the Corrie we took a bite to eat and a drink before ditching our kit to walk to the summit of our first Munro of Driesh (947m), we then retraced our steps back to our kit before heading for our second Munroe of Mayar (928m).
|The Alpine looking path to Corrie Kilbo.|
|Helen steps 'up' onto the trig point!|
|The plateau of Lochnagar.|
White Out conditions where it is next to impossible to see the difference between the ground and sky make navigation a challenge and faith has to be put into the use of the compass to show the direction of travel and map reading skills to be able to relate to lines of contour as most land features are covered beneath the snow!
|Andy climbs the summit cairn(!) of Tolmount.|
|At last the overnight bothy!|
|The Stables Mountain Bothy, indoor camping!|
Deciding we wanted to make the 2days a circuit so as not to retrace our steps and to also bag a further 3 Munroe's we made our way from the bothy up the flanks of the Glen above Loch Callater and up to the summit of Carn an t-Sagairt Mor (1047) and the highest point of our route.
The weather was much clearer than the previous day and we could enjoy views out across the area, we also saw large numbers of Mountain Hare and a couple of herds of Red Deer numbering 50-100 individuals.
|Clearer skies en route to Broad Cairn.|
From our final Munroe of Broad Cairn we were treated to views into Loch Muick and out over the plateau.
|Summit of Broad Cairn (998m).|
From the bridge we had a 5km walk along the river back to the Ranger Station at Glen Doll.
|Food stop at the snow filled shelter.|
|River South Esk.|
|The final few metre's with the snow covered hills behind.|
In total the 2 day route was 39km in distance and we ascended just short of 1800m in height. We walked for approx 17hrs in total, and climbed 7 Munroe's.
We saw Red Deer, Mountain Hare, Ptarmigan, Black Grouse & Raven.
Quality 2 day route (though long!) with quality people!