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Loch Quoich Munros- love at first sight
by Mountainlove » Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:42 am
Route description: Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach
Munros included on this walk: Gleouraich, Spidean Mialach
Date walked: 18/04/2015
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I grabbed my camera and leaving the car, I could not believe that so far I have not known about the beautiful area of Loch Quoich. It was picture perfect, the loch mirror like reflected the mountains of Knoydart and yellow gorse and a few young trees perfected the view ahead of me. It was love at first sight.
Who will not fall in love with this view!
Getting back into my car I continued and could not take my eyes off the view. By the time I had reached the car park I found an empty lay-by a few hundred yards away and saw a perfect camp stop. I stopped for more photos and slowly got ready to climb Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach.
One again because its so beautiful
The path indicated my a pole lead into a massive Rhododendron bush. It looked more a place you nip into for a pee, than the start of a walk, but once out of the bushes a perfect path lead zig zagged up the hill. With no breeze, blue skies and only a few very pretty clouds in the sky it was certainly one of the best days I have been out for walk. The view added to the the magic day and I literally had to stop myself from taking pictures. The path climbed higher and higher and soon the Munro Sgurr a'Mhaoraich across the valley into view. A few large snow patches were left on the southern slopes, but all in all it felt like summer.
The start of the path
The road below
Me full of smiles, next to the great path
Sgurr a'Mhaoraich which will be saved for another great day
The bridge close up
By the time I had reached Druim Seileach the South Glen Shiel ridge was looming high ahead of me and it looks just as spectacular from the south side than it does from Glen Shiel, if not even better. 2 hours into the walk I reached the summit cairn of Gleouraich and sat down for lunch.
Looking ahead the ridge looked pretty easy, wishful thinking which I realised soon after.
The south Glen Shield ridge from the south
A shelter (grouse butt?) on the way up
The first Munro of the day-Gleouraich
View towards the north-west
View towards Knoydart and Loch Quioch
The ridge ahead- looked pretty easy at the start
After a short downclimb from the first Munro it was back up towards Creag Coire na Fiar Bhealaich. Not lingering I strode on and soon was on a never ending downhill climb. It was in fact 'only' 300 meters, but it seemed a lot worse, as a set of barely healed blisters underneath my toes, started to bug me.
By the time I reached the bealach between the two Munros, Creag Coire na Fiar Bhealaich loomed high above and I was glad that I climbed the hill clockwise. The final climb towards Spidean Mialach was not to bad and was rewarded with spectacular views down the gullies.
The second Munro had a shelter build around its cairn and yet again amazing 360 views were there to be enjoyed. I am not sure how long I stayed, but also looking forward to set up my tent for the night (and have a well earned beer) I made my way down the hill.
Views from the ridge
Look up Creag Coire na Fiar Bhealaich, which never looks bad afterwards on photos
View towards the final Munro
From the summit of Spidean Mialach towards the east
Sgurr na Ciche and the ocean in the distance
Towards the south
Me on the final summit
What can I say...the money must have been running out by the time the path up Gleouraich was build. The down hill climb was pretty horrendous and even in perfect weather can only be described as a vertical slope of bog. I guess its one of these down hill walks only enjoyable when covered in a thick layer of snow.
What followed after a pretty spectacular hill walk was an even more spectacular night camping under a starry night and endless hours of gazing towards the hills of Knoydart.
Half way down the mountain
Across the water towards Gairich
Just after sunset
View from my tent
During the next morning
by PeteR » Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:08 pm
by Mal Grey » Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:14 pm
I remember the ascent being a really good stalker's track, can't remember the descent at all, think we just traversed round quite high before dropping down.
by Beaner001 » Wed Apr 22, 2015 12:38 pm
Nice pics ML,
by 2manyYorkies » Wed Apr 22, 2015 6:37 pm
by Dexter terrier » Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:42 pm
by Jock McJock » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:13 pm
by Highart13 » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:42 pm
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by 2manyYorkies » Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:59 pm
For what it's worth I particularly like the Schiehallion lager in the Real food Cafe, I don't think I've ever not ordered one when in there!
by Alteknacker » Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:50 pm
Dexter terrier wrote:Awesome pictures, really enjoyed them.
Exactly my reaction. You've probably started a stampede...
by The Rodmiester » Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:42 am
Pity about all the roadworks and the quarry
by Phil the Hill » Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:02 pm
Re cold beer, the trick is to submerse the cans or bottles in a stream when setting up camp. Should be nicely chilled with a bit of snowmelt. Secure them well with rocks though!