by 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
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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
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 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
So the last 52 have taken just over a year, which by my standards is pretty rapid
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
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
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
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
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.
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 climb up to the summit is very straight forward with one scrambling bit, but even by my pathetic scrambling standards was easy The path zig-zags & if you are inclined to stop for photo opportunities, there are plenty of them, looking back over Loch Quoich
A few photo's taken from the summit, the 360deg views are quite superb
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
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
A great day on a great hill, done in t shirts only, next stop Gulvain
by Gordie12 » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:51 am
Congrats on reaching 50%, I'm tired just keeping up with your reports.................
Howz the mileage on the car?
by Johnny Corbett » Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:02 am
by 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
by MunroMadMen » Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:51 am
well done m8
by The Rodmiester » Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:56 am
by weaselmaster » Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:02 pm
Good to hear you are doing more than one day on the hills at a time - that's the way to do it
by rockhopper » Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:50 pm
only 20 years eh ? took me just under 26 years between #1 and #141 - cheersFife Flyer wrote:Yes my munro tally read 50% yesterday, it's not taken me long to get there only 20 years
by goth_angel » Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:56 pm
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!
by scottishkennyg » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:23 pm
by AnnieMacD » Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:07 pm
At the rate you are going you will finish the second half in 20 months (or less)
by old danensian » Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:57 pm
Well done Martin.
by MG1976 » Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:52 pm
Congratulations Namesake, you are officially Over The Hill