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Quinag brace

Quinag brace

Postby gld73 » Wed Aug 03, 2022 11:12 am

Corbetts included on this walk: Quinag - Sàil Gharbh, Quinag - Sàil Ghorm

Date walked: 30/06/2022

Time taken: 4.2 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 860m

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I did Spidean Coinich in my first year of living in the Highlands, but Quinag was in snow and by the time I'd dropped thigh deep between quartzite rocks for the second time, I'd decided to come back in non-winter conditions to do the other 2 corbetts rather than continue on and risk having an accident.

Not sure why it took me so long to come back to do them. Being nearby in beautiful conditions earlier this month doing Canisp, Breabag and Cul Beag reminded me of unfinished Quinag business, so this week I got a couple of Ullapool shifts and inbetween them headed back to Quinag.
View of Quinag from the car park, 50-50 whether the cloud would lift or lower

Heading up Sail Gharbh into a definite ceiling of cloud, looking down on Bealach a Chornaidh

Sail Gharbh summit area, took a wander over to the boulders beyond the trig point which looked slightly higher

The instagrammable posing point of Quinag

Onwards to Sail Gorm

Getting the occasional view

Not the best conditions, but not cold or windy, just low cloud and extensive showers. In nicer conditions I'd have done all 3, but I just did Sail Gharbh and Sail Gorm, doing the first in cloud and getting no views but soaked, then a bit of disorientation in the low visibility when back near the bealach before cloud lifted enough to show me where I should be going. The second one was out of the clag by the time I got to it, so enjoyed that. Dithered over whether to go back to the car over Spidean Choinich, but it was coming and going from grey cloud and I was finally drying off, plus I didn't want to be rushing to get back, showered, and eat before getting the vehicle handed over - so headed back down through the corrie again instead. Good to get these 2 done at last, but it'll be good to come back and do all 3 together in good weather.
Sail Gharbh from Sail Gorm's summit cairn

view west

Ridge walk back from Sail Gorm now clear

Getting this view of Spidean Coinich I was very tempted to continue over it to head back to the car, but by the time I was at the bealach I was hit with another heavy shower sweeping in, so those thoughts were abandoned.

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