I'd been there before - a quick up and down of Lochnagar back in 1980 with Anne, Mary and Conan - see earlier blog entry. Then, my half-way Munro in 2002 was Broad Cairn, just across the Dubh Loch, another rich seam of top-collecting.
So, on 31st August 2004, I left Selkirk early, and reached the Glen Muick car park at 11am. All looked good, with blue skies but a cool breeze from the NW. Made rapid progress up the Land Rover track and up on to the first top of the day, Meikle Pap.
Enjoyed the superb view across the coire to the cliffs below the summit, Cac Carn Beag (right).
Back down from Meikle Pap, and then up on to the plateau. A short detour to the left to visit the summit of Cuidhe Crom.
(left) plateau and summit from Cuidhe Crom
Retraced steps to rejoin the path / motorway across the plateau, then up to Cac Carn Mor.
Peered down abysmal drops, then a short rocky scramble to the summit, Cac Carn Beag (14.10). The views all round were extremely clear.
(below) Meikle Pap and Cuidhe Crom from the summit
From the summit, a pleasant amble across to The Stuic, then to Carn a' Choire Bhoidheach, (formerly known as The White Mounth) the 2nd Munro of the day. It was quite windy, and I had to lie low behind some rocks to get shelter for a cuppa. Seems hard to justify this as a separate Munro in my opinion, as the rise to its top is only 40m, except that the whole massif is possibly too big to be counted as a single Munro.