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Gairich - a good day
by Frigate » Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:21 pm
Route description: Gairich, Loch Quoich
Munros included on this walk: Gairich
Date walked: 23/02/2013
Time taken: 6.25 hours
Distance: 16 km
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The ground on the track round the bottom of the loch up to Bealach na Faire was mainly frozen except for the odd soft patch as Pidge can attest to as he sunk to his left knee at one point.
The path up the ridge of Druim na Geid Salaich was covered in sheets of ice but was fairly easy to negotiate.
As we entered the cloud proper on Bal nam Foid the temperature dropped appreciably and we stopped for 10 mins to layer up and have a quick breakfast.
Then it was follow the path straight up, large patches of snow covered the path and these were glassy and hard so on with the spikes. Made the top in 3 hours dead.
As we cleared the ridge up to the cairn the odd patch of sunlight was trying to break through, we hung around the summit for about 25 mins waiting for the cloud to break and give us some views.
We were rewarded by clearing skies but we started to get very cold in the strong wind.
Descended off Ceann Samhraidh to get out of the wind, sat for lunch for 30 mins admiring the views of Glen Kingie and the surrounding corbetts. Gulvain, last Saturdays walk made an imposing back stop.
Then it was a straight forward walk back to the Dam (if you don't wander off the path).
by Huck Finn » Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:10 am
by brpro26 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:58 pm
by Ian Bayne » Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:14 pm
by pigeon » Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:46 pm
- still clag
- approaching the top and the sun almost out
- now that's whit am talkin' aboot
- views from the top
- south Shiel ridge and Loch Quioch
- looking back to the dam
- Gulvain - so last week
- Glen Kingie Corbetts
- the Ben n aw that
- back up to Gairich
- Sgurr a Mhaoraich
- Sgurr a Fhuarain
by rockhopper » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:33 pm
by Frigate » Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:33 pm
brpro26 wrote:Nice to see some photos. I was up Sgurr Mor, Gairichs neighbour, the same day and none of us had a camera. It turned into a crackin day with views a plenty. Epic winter day on the hills.
It was worth the wait at the top in the cold wind, glad you enjoyed your day.
rockhopper wrote:Nice one frigate - good to see that the weather cleared for you. Was originally planning to be up here the same day as you but delayed it to yesterday instead due to the weather forecast - one of these days I'll bump into you and pigeon well done both - cheers
Thanks RH, our forecast said clear skies so a little suprised by the snow showers and clag. Great ring of corbetts to try there, a couple of hills under the belt and I am getting adventurous. If we don't meet on the top we can always be found loitering around a bar. Kev
by PeteR » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:51 pm
by Frigate » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:27 pm
by PeteR » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:14 am
Frigate wrote:Cheers Pete, good day but a long drive. Loved the vid from Sgritheall, how steep is that scree slope?
Oh, it's steep But if you find the path, a slight bit more comfortable.