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Loch Quoich Expedition

Loch Quoich Expedition


Postby bootsandpaddles » Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:24 am

Munros included on this walk: Gairich, Gleouraich, Sgurr Mor (Loch Quoich), Spidean Mialach

Corbetts included on this walk: Fraoch Bheinn, Sgurr an Fhuarain, Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoigh

Date walked: 03/06/2011

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Day 1 17k 1895m

At last some decent weather! Off to Loch Quoich on Thursday evening. Tent up near the dam next to a campervan where a woman in a pinny was cooking something delicious-smelling (but then she spent ages washing up – there is a downside to everything!). Up early and away across the dam
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and through the bog towards the bottom of the east ridge of Gairich. The broad ridge climbed gradually enough
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Glen Kingie
until the final push up through steeper, rocky terrain to reach the summit cairn.
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Curse of the mobile phone - a message from work!
Unfortunately it was then necessary to lose almost all the height we had gained as we descended over Gairich Beag and down the bridge across the burn at the foot of the east ridge of Sgurr an Fhuarain. This seemed very daunting to me – long and steep. There was a point when I thought I would not make it (feeble or what!) but I just kept plodding on as Katie loped easily along ahead. It was desperately hot (always complaining about the weather!) but I eventually made it to the summit cairn and trig point.
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Still alive - but it was close!
Then down again and up again to Sgurr Mor.
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Sgurr Mor
Then down and up again to Sgurr Beag! Plan A had been to carry on over An Eag and then camp on the bealach between there and Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoigh. At this point my legs demanded respite and so Plan B came into force as we descended to Glen Kingie and found somewhere to camp in its upper reaches.

Day 2 21k 1462m

Another early start as we headed for the aforementioned bealach. There is, in fact, a good place to camp up there beside a small lochan sheltered by a wall. From there we followed the remains of the wall up the steep slope to the summit of Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoigh.
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Follow the wall
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The previous day's walk
The subsequent walk round the ridge to Druim a’Chuirn was excellent with great views in to Glen Dessary
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Glen Dessary
and across to Gulvain and Streap.
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We dropped down the south-east ridge, crossed the burn and then climbed up past small crags to the south ridge of Fraoch Bheinn. After a spot of lunch I broke the news to Katie that there was no way I could manage another Corbett so Sgurr Mhurlagain would have to wait for another day. The descent to Glen Kingie
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Descent to Glen Kingie
down the north-east ridge was initially very pleasant over rocky knolls. But then there was a horrible, boggy, tussocky stretch down to the river. The river crossing was entertaining and involved some rather undignified manoeuvres as the bank on the other side was rather undercut but we managed to get across with dry feet and then commenced the long walk back out to the dam.

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Day 3 11.5k 1280m

A short day today – Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach. We parked at the lay-by under the weather station and walked about 2km down the road towards Kinlochhourn before turning up alongside the Allt Coire Peitreach. An excellent path zig-zags up to the south-west the ridge
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Ascending Gleouraich
and then follows the very edge of it to its junction with the north ridge. The views down the loch and also of Sgurr a’Mhaoraich and the Glen Sheil hills
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were magnificent. We planned future expeditions as we walked along and reminisced about previous exploits. The summit cairn of Gleouraich
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Gleouraich
was soon reached and we then headed off towards Spidean Mialach.
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This was quite and interesting ridge, with huge, rocky corries to the north although it involved a lot of descent and ascent – but at least we were not carrying the camping gear this time.
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Spidean Mialach
The summit cairn occupies a superb viewpoint.
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Then a good stony path leads down to the bog again passing to the west of Loch Fearna. We followed the burn down – some great skinny dipping pools here for a warmer day! – before regaining the road just west of the weather station. A great few days rounded off by tea and cakes in Fort William.

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Re: Loch Quoich Expedition

Postby Paul Webster » Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:50 pm

Great report from a stunning part of the Highlands.

After a spot of lunch I broke the news to Katie that there was no way I could manage another Corbett


A bit of a slave-driver?
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Re: Loch Quoich Expedition

Postby rocket-ron » Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:18 pm

You girls like your long hikes
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Re: Loch Quoich Expedition

Postby PeteR » Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:33 pm

Some nice pictures of a great area :D Quite a hike you both had there too. At least you had some good weather, after so much rain recently. I remember Gleouraich and pal on a very wet and windy day last year. Didn't see a thing all day :lol: Now I can see what I missed.
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Re: Loch Quoich Expedition

Postby bootsandpaddles » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:36 pm

Paul Webster wrote:Great report from a stunning part of the Highlands.

After a spot of lunch I broke the news to Katie that there was no way I could manage another Corbett


A bit of a slave-driver?


Yes she is :crazy: but trying to keep up with her keeps me fit - I think :roll:
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Re: Loch Quoich Expedition

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:41 pm

Another fine report,and another long expidition to boot,don"t know where you get all your energy from.
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Re: Loch Quoich Expedition

Postby Scotjamie » Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:59 pm

Well done - a perfect outing (though I don't quite get the tea and cakes bit :) ) : great pics and a super report that inspires more trekking.
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Re: Loch Quoich Expedition

Postby Jock McJock » Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:31 pm

Nice report and pics. Got that one filed away nicely now for future reference :D
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Re: Loch Quoich Expedition

Postby malky_c » Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:56 am

A good route, although you seem to have designed it for maximum descent between each summit :lol: You can console yourself that in missing out Sgurr Mhurlagan, you got to go over the NE ridge of Fraoch Bheinn, which is definitely its best feature, and one most people seem to miss out on.

Nice report. I'm not jelous at all... :mrgreen:
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Re: Loch Quoich Expedition

Postby Gable Gable End » Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:04 am

Nice report; I have something similar in mind for summer :)
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