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Good walking boots can help Lochnagar climb

Posted 13 April 2011
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Good walking boots can help Lochnagar climb
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The qualities of Lochnagar have been highlighted in the latest edition of Trail Magazine, which notes the mountain is one of several in an area of the Cairngorms National Park.

It describes the peak as being a dramatic and imposing one, with north-facing cliffs that hold snow well into spring and are popular with winter climbers.

And those heading up with walking boots rather than climbing ropes may enjoy a good long day of Munroing, as the vicinity also includes peaks like a' Choire Bhoideach, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn.

It has been an inspiration for literature, including Lord Byron's 1807 poem "Dark Lochnagar", the magazine noted, while Prince Charles wrote a childrens' story entitled The Old Man of Lochnagar, having come to know the peak when staying at nearby Balmoral.

Munroists may note Lochnagar is one of two peaks in the national park that are 3,789 ft high, the other being Derry Cairngorm.