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Cuinneag-A walk round the Milking Pail
by soulminer » Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:07 pm
Route description: Quinag: three Corbetts
Corbetts included on this walk: Quinag - Sail Gharbh, Quinag - Sail Gorm, Quinag - Spidean Coinich
Date walked: 05/07/2011
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Walked across the road to the start of the grit path, read the John Muir Trust Info board, then crossed the bridge. there is a peat path that takes you to the small rise at the beginning of the corrie rim, but I stayed on the grit path till it forks left to the same general area. Follow the bearing taken or the footprints of the many to work your way up the rim towards Spidean Coinich.
A view across
Carried on up at a steady pace with the sun now risen and beating on my back. Reached the wind break and sat for photo and a hydration break.
Further up and pass a cairn on the left and enter the Lunar landscape.
Looking back to cairn
Small bejewelled lochan
A final steep pull an the views open up. Won another watch
Over to Suilven
The route ahead
The view back
I'm really enjoying the walk,but do notice a rise in wind speed as I drop down to Bealach a' Chornaidh. Up the scramble and round the traverse path to the 745 top, and the wind has picked a wee bit. Dropping down off the top the sight around Sail Gharbh is slightly concerning.
Appearing from Sail Gharbhs' N/E side is a whirling dervish of a cloud formation with a bank of fast moving cloud in its wake.Decided to keep up the pace and keep the camera clicking- for now
Set off on the pull round and up towards Sail Gorm with the wind now increasing steadily and buffeting in strong gusts.
View along the Allt a' Bhathaich
With the gusts increasing in strength concidered bailing out,but could see the summit when calm decended for a brief second or two. Headed straight there at pace and took a photo.
Sat for about 5/10 mins contemplating my predicament. The wind speed must have in the region of 55/60mph by now, each gust stronger than the previous. It was eerie, you could hear the wind funnelling down towards Sail Gorm and up the summit like a hissing snake, then a brief abatement, During the next period of 'calm' I decided it was wise to get the f*** out of there.The hissing began again and I took the only shelter I could find behind some boulders. Back up and off, and repeat till I reached the scramble back towards the 745 top. Wind speed dropped by about half after 10/15mins, so thought I try for number three, with the opt out towards the lochan as reserve. Over the bealach and the cloud that had been so thick had almost dissipated to the extent the sun was breaking through
Headed backdown towards the traverse path and dropped to the outward path. Time for a picture of the Lochan.
Looked across towards the hills behind Glas Bheinn to see another bank heading over, but not with me in its path.
Arrived back in Lochinver, and we all headed to Clashnessie beach- roastin'. Back for some tea, decide to try the Lochinver Mission- now re-opened, with a new bunkhouse no less. [ email@example.com ]
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by colgregg » Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:27 pm
by dooterbang » Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:24 pm
Im jumping in my tardis - take me to assynt
It's hard to choose between the Assynt hills but Quinag has to be near the top - and for the whole of Scotland to be honest.
Some cracking photos
Just worth re-visiting anytime
by litljortindan » Fri May 31, 2013 7:18 pm
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