A few, hopefully helpful, points to help you have a safe and enjoyable walk
The walk leaves from the Logie Coldstone hall at 10.30 am and walkers travel by car to the start at Lary near Ballater.
It is important that you check in with, and give your names to the check-in marshal at the beginning of the walk. Also leave a mobile phone number if you have one.
Please telephone Joyce Lovie (07771 715293) if you do not return to the Hall for the refreshments at the end of the walk, so you can call to let us know that you have returned safe and sound. Take this number with you in case of sudden change of mind.
The route is well marked on good tracks and paths except for a small section leading from the summit to the start of the descent path. Walkers are therefore advised to stay on the paths and if unsure on the un-pathed section at the top, tag onto a group who know the route, especially if it is misty. Remember as well that it is forbidden to light fires and be very careful not to discard any lit cigarettes. The Fire Risk level for the area is classified as high.
Children below 12 years must be accompanied by and stay with the adult for the day.
The route goes to almost 914metres (3000ft) and even in late May very poor weather can be encountered. With this in mind walkers are advised to carry wind and waterproof jackets and a spare warm layer. Hat, scarf and gloves can also be of great benefit, especially on the summit! Denims offer very poor protection and should be avoided. If they get wet they cling and help to cool you down rapidly.
Although mainly on good tracks, some of the route is quite rough and therefore boots or stout supportive footwear is advised. Decent footwear is fairly essential on the steeper descent sections. A walking pole can be of great help when descending.
For the walk, pack your favourite sandwiches as well as some high energy foods such as Mars bars. Forget the diet for the day! Plenty of fluids (non alcoholic) are vital and if a cold day is forecast a flask of something hot is a great boost. Take also a little bit extra just in case you are held up in any way. For comfort this is best carried in a small rucksack.
Nesting birds and young birds are around at this time of year and because of this walkers are asked not to take their dogs along.
For those who like maps the route is on OS Landranger Sheet 37 - Strathdon and surrounding area.
Just remember the story of the hare and the tortoise and pace yourself during the day. If for any reason you are not coping, one of the back-marker marshals will, depending on your location, assist you along a less strenuous alternative or return to the start with you.
Also be aware that there is no accident insurance cover for this voluntary activity and should walkers wish to be insured they must arrange it themselves.
When you get back to the hall at the end of the walk make sure you check-in and get your name ticked off or use the contact number you got at check in to call. We do not want to call the Mountain Rescue thinking you are still on the hill.
Have a nice, safe, and enjoyable walk