Rita and Greg - Europe 2011 travel blog

Dark Lochnagar

The weather website warned us of 50 mph winds, yes MILES per...

Bagging a Munro

The scenery kept getting better after 6 hours so we thought "let's...

The scenery kept getting better after 7 hours so we thought "let's...

Rita and Irmgard hiding from the wind...good luck!

We bagged a Munro today...Lochnagar.

A Munro is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 ft (914.4 m). They are named after Sir Hugh Munro who produced the first list of such hills, known as Munros Tables, in 1891. There are 283 Munros. The most well known Munro is Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, with an altitude of 1,344 metres (4,409 ft).

We hiked over 8 hours through sun, rain, sleet and extreme winds to reach the Lochnagar Munro. Although not high by Canadian standards the mountains are challenging to hike up because the weather is WORSE than in Canada...I thought I would never find such a place...but I did! It has been terrible weather all week but the Scots take it all in stride and think they have the best weather, I guess, the whisky does work. Today's high was 12C, with a mix of sun and rain and constant wind. The wind at the top of the mountain was gusting at over 50 mph. We nearly turned back on our "ascent" due to the extreme wind and rain. At one point Rita and Irmgard turned back, Neil and I found them laying flat on their backs sheltered by a small slab of rock...see picture. When looking at that picture imagine 50mph winds blowing over them!

The Talisker whisky (full bodied and smoky) and the Tennant's ale flowed well after bagging our first Munro!

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