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Sgurr a'Mhaoraich

Sgurr a'Mhaoraich


Postby maddjock » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:14 am

Route description: Sgurr a' Mhaoraich, Loch Quoich

Munros included on this walk: Sgurr a'Mhaoraich

Date walked: 23/02/2010

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 10 km

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Sgurr a'Mhaoraich

With the spectacular weather we have had here at the beginning of the week and finding myself with an unexpected day off, I decided to take a wee trip down the road and ascend Sgurr a'Mhaoraich. Myself and a couple of mates used to come camping down here in Kinlochourn in the early 90's and I hadn't been back since.

I have never really been such a fan of winter walking, only doing a couple or so every year, but have really relished it this year. Not sure why that is.

Having parked about a kilometre or so after the bridge connecting Glen Quoich with Loch Quoich, I began the ascent on what is a very good stalkers path and in no time at all I was on the wide ridge of Bac nan Canaichean looking towards the top of Sgurr Coire nan Eiricheallach and the summit of Sgurr a'Mhaoraich.
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The weather was absolutely fantastic; blue skies and sunshine. Contrasting with the white snow, the landscape was a photographers dream. Just off the top of Sgurr Coire nan Eiricheallach, there was a recent cleared patch of snow - a tent pitch - Kinley...? Following in the footsteps of the previous couple of walkers I headed for the summit. At this point the local wildlife popped out to say hi.
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About halfway now between the 2 tops;
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It then got a little bit tricky;
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this report from Bigbertie shows the same spot from above.
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the final pull up;
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Once the summit is reached the views open out over Loch Hourn. It is simply stunning with the beautiful backdrop of the Cuillin.
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It had been a fantastic walk but the wind was getting up slightly now and I had work later. Descended south/south westerly back to the road and a couple of kilometres from the van. Total trip time of 6 hours. I reckon this would be a pretty easy munro in the summer with the good path and quick ascent.


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Last edited by maddjock on Fri Feb 26, 2010 1:37 pm, edited 6 times in total.
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Re: Sgurr a'Mhaoraich

Postby malky_c » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:21 am

Truly brilliant those photos - nothing better than the West Coast in these conditions. We seem to be paying for all that great weather now though. I like your ptarmigan photos - I tried to get some like this last weekend but the damn things wouldn't stay still for long enough. I suppose a lens with a decent zoom is the way forward...
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Re: Sgurr a'Mhaoraich

Postby gaffr » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:34 am

Very fine images of your trip. The ptarmigan shots are as good as any I have seen! Is that a raven in the shot of the bird's undercarriage.....on the final day of the fine weather! Many Thanks.
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Re: Sgurr a'Mhaoraich

Postby maddjock » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:39 am

thanks guys...

its not a very long zoom, equivalent to about 140mm on most digital SLRs but I did get quite close to them.
Not sure what kind of a bird that is gaffr... :oops: not my strong point im afraid...

and I cant seem to edit the walk file, for some reason it is showing up in the middle of my post... :?:
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Re: Sgurr a'Mhaoraich

Postby Michelle » Fri Feb 26, 2010 1:04 pm

What a brilliant day for the photos! Nice one Maddjock :D

According to my photos, it was that same type of bird that circled directly overhead as I sat down for a quick bite to eat on Ben Cruachan (hopefully it didn't have its eye on ME- but I WAS quite tired-looking I'm sure! ;) ) I'd be curious if anyone can say what it is...
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Re: Sgurr a'Mhaoraich

Postby Alastair S » Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:03 pm

Michelle wrote:What a brilliant day for the photos! Nice one Maddjock :D.

Seconded - the first one of the ptarmigan is my favourite. Never seem one so white.
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Re: Sgurr a'Mhaoraich

Postby kinley » Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:56 pm

Absolutely cracking photos! 8)

Probably the most beautiful area in Scotland :D

Great Ptarmigan shots - they start getting a bit more territorial over these months so you can get quite close - beautiful white still :D

Think you BoP is a Buzzard - quite a lot of white to the underwings. There are Golden Eagles in the area though.

Not us in the tent - unfortunately :lol:
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Re: Sgurr a'Mhaoraich

Postby maddjock » Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:39 pm

kinley wrote:Absolutely cracking photos! 8)

Probably the most beautiful area in Scotland :D

Great Ptarmigan shots - they start getting a bit more territorial over these months so you can get quite close - beautiful white still :D

Think you BoP is a Buzzard - quite a lot of white to the underwings. There are Golden Eagles in the area though.

Not us in the tent - unfortunately :lol:


Golden eagle was my initial thought... there was a pair of them, and a fair bit larger than a buzzard they were. And have to disagree with you tho Im afraid and say that I think this could be the most beautiful area in Scotland only after Strathfarrar/Monar :D
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Re: Sgurr a'Mhaoraich

Postby audreywaugh » Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:42 pm

Nice to see what the hill actually looks like, was a horrible day when i did this at beginning of October last year. Thanks for sharing the views we should have seen :D
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