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Loch Quoich Expedition
by 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: 03/06/2011Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
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 and through the bog towards the bottom of the east ridge of Gairich. The broad ridge climbed gradually enough until the final push up through steeper, rocky terrain to reach the summit cairn. 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. Then down again and up again to 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. The subsequent walk round the ridge to Druim a’Chuirn was excellent with great views in to Glen Dessary and across to Gulvain and Streap. 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 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.
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 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 were magnificent. We planned future expeditions as we walked along and reminisced about previous exploits. The summit cairn of Gleouraich was soon reached and we then headed off towards Spidean Mialach. 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. The summit cairn occupies a superb viewpoint. 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.
by Paul Webster » Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:50 pm
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?
by PeteR » Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:33 pm
by 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 but trying to keep up with her keeps me fit - I think
by gammy leg walker » Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:41 pm
by Scotjamie » Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:59 pm
by Jock McJock » Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:31 pm
by malky_c » Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:56 am
Nice report. I'm not jelous at all...
by Gable Gable End » Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:04 am