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Gairich - a good day

Gairich - a good day


Postby 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

Ascent: 976m

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Just two today, made good time to Fort William where it looked like the cloud was starting to clear. Except for the snow showers through Laggan into glen Garry, this is not the clear skies as forecast. Arrived at the dam at 08.45 and was off to the hill at 09.00 with no views and low cloud - bummer.


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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.

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Loch Quoich dam


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.

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How high was your last hill


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.

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Cloud breaking

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Gleouraich and Spidean Mailach


We were rewarded by clearing skies but we started to get very cold in the strong wind.

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Glen Kingie

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Who needs holidays abroad

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Loch Quoich and South Sheil ridge

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Glen Q dam

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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.

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Down to Bac na Foid

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Easy does it

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Gairich from Bac na Foid

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Sgurr Mhurlagain, Fraoch Bhein, Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoidh

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Sgurr an Fhuarain


Then it was a straight forward walk back to the Dam (if you don't wander off the path).

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Gairich from the dam

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Re: Gairich - a good day

Postby Huck Finn » Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:10 am

Looks like you had a cracking day, I missed out on another good one, I hate day shift weekends :(
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Re: Gairich - a good day

Postby brpro26 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:58 pm

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.
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Re: Gairich - a good day

Postby Ian Bayne » Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:14 pm

Nice hill looks like I had your weather good photos . I will wait to the lighter nights to do that one along withSgurr a Mhoaraich and the midge
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Re: Gairich - a good day

Postby pigeon » Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:46 pm

A great day again Kev,the team missed a good one,didn't look too promising on the way up did it ? :wink: Still all well in the end,cheers for another cracker :thumbup:
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clag
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still clag
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approaching the top and the sun almost out
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now that's whit am talkin' aboot
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views from the top
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south Shiel ridge and Loch Quioch
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looking back to the dam
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Streap
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Gulvain - so last week
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Glen Kingie Corbetts
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the Ben n aw that
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back up to Gairich
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Sgurr a Mhaoraich
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Sgurr a Fhuarain
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Re: Gairich - a good day

Postby rockhopper » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:33 pm

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 :roll: well done both - cheers :)
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Re: Gairich - a good day

Postby 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 :roll: 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
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Re: Gairich - a good day

Postby PeteR » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:51 pm

Great report and photos, complimented by those from pigeon, of a great hill :D Always brings back memories this hill :thumbup:
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Re: Gairich - a good day

Postby Frigate » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:27 pm

Cheers Pete, good day but a long drive. Loved the vid from Sgritheall, how steep is that scree slope?
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Re: Gairich - a good day

Postby 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 :lol: :lol: But if you find the path, a slight bit more comfortable.
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