Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach,
Carn an t-Sagairt Mor,
Cairn Bannoch and
Date: 7th July 2006
Company: Just me
In July 2006, I decided to walk the classic Lochnagar horseshoe – a circuit of five Munros including Lochnagar, Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn.
My first ascent of Lochnagar was back in 1982 with my school hillwalking Club. Since then I have ascended Lochnagar on numerous occasions. In 1991 with my pal Steve, in 1994 with ex-work colleagues Scott and
Edwin, in 2000 with a group from my old work, in 2002 with the Cairngorm Club,
in 2003 on my own along with the Corbett Conachcraig and again in 2003 via an ascent of Eagle Ridge with Kevin, in 2005 with Carole, in 2006 as part of this horseshoe and again in 2007 with Beinn. I am pretty sure I've missed a few other ascents too. I had ascended Carn a'Choire Bhoidheach and Carn an t-Sagairt Mor only once previously and this was to be my third ascent of Cairn Bannoch and fourth ascent of Broad Cairn.
Of the five Munros in this circuit, only Lochnagar qualifies as a Marilyn - insufficient drop between the other hills. I undertook the Lochnagar horseshoe in an anti-clockwise direction – starting with Lochnagar and finishing on Broad Cairn.