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Officially 50%

Officially 50%

Postby Fife Flyer » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:40 am

Route description: Gairich, Loch Quoich

Munros included on this walk: Gairich

Date walked: 21/06/2014

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 15 km

Ascent: 875m

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Yes my munro tally read 50% yesterday, it's not taken me long to get there only 20 years :lol:
The story behind my interest in this 'pastime' goes back to my late wife who sadly passed away in 1997, she persuaded me to join Glenrothes hill walking club & we went on a few outings :wink:
When I joined this site I was sure I had struggled up exactly 100 munro's so the process of changing red balloons blue was quite fun, that was until I had gone through my log only to find that the total was 98 :lol: So I checked my list again & again but it still only reached 98 and that was May last year, so the obvious thing to do was to get out & bag the another 2. So that task was fairly straight forward, I had intended to sit back & relax on reaching 100, as driving over 75 miles before even starting wasn't overly appealing. But like probably everyone on here, once you get out in the hills, talk to like minded folk it is difficult to pack it in :lol:
So the last 52 have taken just over a year, which by my standards is pretty rapid :roll:
Gairich turned out to be a fantastic hill to reach a milestone, unlike my 100th which was the middle hill in the Creag Meagaidh trio & one can only describe it as a wee bit insignificant :lol:
This weekend has been completely new territory as I have never been out in the hills 2 days consecutively & I was to go one better, I was actually walking 3 days on the trot 8)
I had booked a B&B in Fort William as my son was running the WHW race, however other circumstances with his partner meant he had to retire, so I was able to concentrate on my walking :wink:
So a 3hr 30min drive from Fife to Loch Quoich meant I arrived at the dam at 11.30am, the 11 mile drive along the single track road to the dam albeit one of the better single track roads, did seem to go on for ever :lol:
I parked up as per the WH route, there were 3 guys who arrived just before me & they were getting kitted up. I managed to start walking before them & set off across the dam wall, the target for the day was looming large in the distance.

Gairich on the other side of Loch Quoich

Looking down Glen Garry from the dam

Gairich zoomed a wee bit

The dam

The walk round the loch to the forested area was a bit boggy, but I daresay after a spell of rain things would be a whole lot worse. I followed the WH route almost to the letter and the path was pretty good and easy to follow.

The way up from a wee bit closer

Looking down onto Loch Quoich

Looking back down onto what would be a boggy area after some wet weather

Glen Kingie

The way up

Looking south, gives you an indication as to how steep the climb is

The climb up to the summit is very straight forward with one scrambling bit, but even by my pathetic scrambling standards was easy :lol: The path zig-zags & if you are inclined to stop for photo opportunities, there are plenty of them, looking back over Loch Quoich :wink:

Summit cairn

A few photo's taken from the summit, the 360deg views are quite superb :wink:

Upper reaches of Glen Kingie

Looking across Glen Kingie

Loch Quoich western end

Bridge over Loch Quoich zoomed

Looking across to Gleouraich

Loch Quoich dam, low water level is very evident from on high

Zoomed to Loch Fearna

Looking down Glen Garry - a wee bit hazy

The wee scrambly bit

The walk down was uneventful until I reached the peat hags/boggy bit, this was where I wandered off the beaten track, heading in the wrong direction, which then resulted in traversing across grassy slopes, which was probably easier underfoot :lol:
Arrived back at the car after 4 hours, was really pleased with my fitness, especially as I didn't stop as many times as I usually do & the stops were purely for photo's, well that's my excuse :lol:
A great day on a great hill, done in t shirts only, next stop Gulvain :wink:
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Re: Officially 50%

Postby Gordie12 » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:51 am

Not sure about doing Munro's with just a t shirt on - I think you can get arrested for that but perhaps it's some sort of tradition when you get to 50% :shock: :shock: :shock:

Congrats on reaching 50%, I'm tired just keeping up with your reports.................

Howz the mileage on the car?
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Re: Officially 50%

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:02 am

Well done on reaching the halfway point after so long and a good choice of hill for it. :clap:
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Re: Officially 50%

Postby kev_russ » Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:09 am

Well done and Braw report :clap:
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Re: Officially 50%

Postby Fife Flyer » Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:36 am

Gordie12 wrote:Howz the mileage on the car?

600 miles over the weekend, now done just over 21k & I can't even blame work :lol:
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Re: Officially 50%

Postby MunroMadMen » Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:51 am

Great report and pics Martin as always :)

well done m8
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Re: Officially 50%

Postby The Rodmiester » Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:56 am

Hi there Martin, many Congratulations on reaching the halfway mark, and on such a good day as well, bonus. Nice hill with great views from the summit, pity about the ugly scars being made on the North side of the road by Scottish Hydro contractors :( Carry on at this rate who knows the total number of hills you will have done by the end of the year, keep the momentum going, that's what I say, Arabest Rod
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Re: Officially 50%

Postby weaselmaster » Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:02 pm

Well done - that's some rate of acceleration in your ticking them off this year!!
Good to hear you are doing more than one day on the hills at a time - that's the way to do it :lol:
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Re: Officially 50%

Postby rockhopper » Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:50 pm

congratulations on getting half way - a good area in which to do it as well !

Fife Flyer wrote:Yes my munro tally read 50% yesterday, it's not taken me long to get there only 20 years :lol:
only 20 years eh ? :wink: took me just under 26 years between #1 and #141 :roll: - cheers :)
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Re: Officially 50%

Postby goth_angel » Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:56 pm

Well done on reaching the half way point.

That scrambly bit doesn't look that easy given the drop...

No harm in taking your time. It's taken us 6 years to get this far and at current rate probably another 5 or 6 to get to the half way point. Living in the South of England and hating walking in cr*p weather doesn't help! :lol:
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Re: Officially 50%

Postby scottishkennyg » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:23 pm

Nice one FF, half way and it's downhill from here..well done :clap:
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Re: Officially 50%

Postby simon-b » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:35 pm

Another good one, Martin!
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Re: Officially 50%

Postby AnnieMacD » Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:07 pm

Looks like an excellent walk - 4 hours, hmmm, would take me all day!

At the rate you are going you will finish the second half in 20 months (or less) :lol:
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Re: Officially 50%

Postby old danensian » Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:57 pm

Now you've done half, it'd be a shame not waste all that effort and not get on and do the other half.

Well done Martin.

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Re: Officially 50%

Postby MG1976 » Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:52 pm

Okay, so we've walked a few times together now. I hope you know me well enough to take my comments exactly how they're meant.

Congratulations Namesake, you are officially Over The Hill :clap:
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