OSOC Everest Base Camp Training Weekend in the Ballater, Royal Deeside

These were  three walks on consecutive days (Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June, 2016) so no camping was required!

Walk 1 -  Cairn Leuchan 699 m

The walk began at 2 PM at The Bridge of Muick which is five minutes travel from Ballater via car. This is a gentle walk up to a wonderful viewpoint where we could see the two mountains to which we would be trekking during the next couple of days. The walk follows a Landrover track up and back. We saw plenty of red deer on this journey.

Walk 2 -  Lochnagar 1155 m -  the UK’s 21st highest mountain. Start Grid Reference: NO309851

The walk began at the Spittal of Glen Muick Car Park at 8.30 AM. Sat-Nav co-ordinates for the car park are: N 56°57'9" W 3°8'11.04". The car park is  about a 30 minute drive from Ballater.

This walk is a serious day out. Because this is Scotland, the weather is not always sunny and hot in summer, it may be wet and windy; so we took waterproofs and have good worn-in boots (NOT new ones).

We completed the walk in just under eight hours. Further information about this walk can be seen on the Walk Highlands website.

Walk 3 -  Mount Keen 939 m -  the UK’s 235th highest mountain. Start Grid Reference: NO473956

The walk began at the Glen Tanar Car Park at 8.30 AM. Sat-Nav co-ordinates for the car park are: N 57°2'56.04" W 2°52'8.04". Again, the car park is about a 30 minute drive from Ballater.

For this walk, we trekked up through the old Caledonian Pine forest of Glen Tanar Estate which is truly beautiful. There was a long gentle walk to the base of the Mount Keen, followed by a short steep climb upon arrival at the foot of the mountain.

Further information about this walk can be seen here.

The purpose of these walks was to give everybody the chance to experience two to three consecutive days of hill walking in a row. It was both fun and memorable, and provided valuable training and acclimatisation in preparation for the Everest Base Camp trek in October 2016.


All the walks are on Landranger map 44.


Ballater has a camp site, a hostel called Habitat, several B&B s. plus a good choice of hotels.

For enquiries and further information please contact  Morris Jones who will endeavour to answer any questions.

Ballater is a one hour drive from Aberdeen airport, and train station. There is also a bus service from Aberdeen to Ballater (journey time 1 hour 45 minutes).

The Cairngorms

With thanks to Morris Jones

The Cairngorms

[Trekking in the UK]

By Alan Findlay, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14563805

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