So, I've got to nearly 35 years old and realised I'd never actually climbed a Munro. I'm sure most of you will know what that means, but a Munro is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 feet (914 m). I've been walking and hillwalking around Scotland for more years than I care to remember, but none of those hills were apparently over 3,000 feet! My dad has been an avid hillwalker and long distance trail walker for over 20 years, and has inspired much of my walking and exploring, so I wanted to summit my first Munro with him. We chose Lochnagar in the Cairngorms National Park which as one of our closest, and a local favourite (I think you will see why from the photos - it's a beauty) and a couple of weeks ago we did a 12-13 mile circular walk up Lochnagar and then down to Loch Muick. Some of the views literally made me say 'wow' over and over. You can follow the route here.
I love that this is all on my doorstep just an hour away. I've walked around Loch Muick several times, but it was great to see it from a different - elevated - angle, and the sense of achievement reaching the summit after a bit of a scramble near the top felt pretty good, despite the crazy wind up there! Roll on my second Munro, which I'll be walking on the first weekend of September. I'm going with a group helping a friend celebrate reaching her final one... so I have a little way to go to catch up. I don't want to get too caught up in 'bagging' and want to just enjoy the ones I do without too much pressure to tick them off, but I can see how people get the bug :)
I'm Kelly. A thirty-something year old adventurer from Aberdeenshire. Read more about me in the ABOUT ME section.