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Skye "warm" up hill

Skye "warm" up hill


Postby Fife Flyer » Mon May 18, 2015 4:18 pm

Route description: Sgurr a' Mhaoraich, Loch Quoich

Munros included on this walk: Sgurr a'Mhaoraich

Date walked: 14/05/2015

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 983m

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This little stroll in the beautiful Loch Quoich area was suggested by Simon, as was the Skye outing that this was the warm act for :lol: The trip to Skye was arranged before Christmas and even though it took me a few months to break the news to Mrs F it has finally arrived :lol:
Simon suggested we hire Paddy McGuire after reading/studying "Rockhoppers" WR and no sooner had Simon asked me if I was interested I jumped at the chance :shock: My original plan, which was vague in the extreme was never to include Skye as the hills are far too pointy, but the chance of giving them a shot was too good to miss :wink:
The five of us Me, Simon, Jimmy, Andy and Karen had agreed to meet up at the start point at about 9.30am which for anyone that hasn't ventured out this way involves a 20+ mile drive towards Kinloch Hourn on a single track road. Andy had driven up from Bristol overnight arriving at the back of 3am and caught a few hours shut eye in his car :lol: I left Fife at 6.30am, the other 3 had been sensible and were already a wee bit nearer (on Skye).
The meeting point was a small layby/clearing just the other side of the bridge that crosses Glen Quoich. Once we were all assembled we set off by walking a short distance along the road and then followed a good stalkers path that wound it's way gently uphill.

ImageDSCF1554 by Martin Beswick, 4 random folk spoiling an excellent backdrop

ImageDSCF1553 by Martin Beswick, Low(ish) level shot of Loch Quoich

ImageDSCF1551 by Martin Beswick, Electric pylon ruining an excellent view

ImageDSCF1549 by Martin Beswick, the locals keeping an eye on us

ImageDSCF1635 by Martin Beswick, South Glen Sheil Ridge

ImageDSCF1633 by Martin Beswick, looking south westish

ImageDSCF1569 by Martin Beswick, the target

ImageDSCF1631 by Martin Beswick, Looking back on where we had been

ImageDSCF1567 by Martin Beswick, stunning shot

Once we reached Sgurr Coire nan Eiricheallach we could see the way ahead along what looked like a nice ridge, we also spotted a few snow patches that would have to be negotiated 8)

ImageDSCF1565 by Martin Beswick,

ImageDSCF1564 by Martin Beswick,

ImageDSCF1563 by Martin Beswick,

ImageDSCF1558 by Martin Beswick, Karen showing the boys how it should be done

ImageDSCF1601 by Martin Beswick, action shot, bit of gentle scrambling

ImageDSCF1592 by Martin Beswick, the 2nd snow field

ImageDSCF1585 by Martin Beswick,

ImageDSCF1582 by Martin Beswick, Jimmy trailblazing ahead

ImageDSCF1577 by Martin Beswick, Karen taking in the view

Next stop was the summit, which really did offer supreme all round views, just to tempt anyone who hasn't been out this way here are a few summit shots :wink:

ImageDSCF1624 by Martin Beswick,

ImageDSCF1627 by Martin Beswick, the Ben not in cloud for a change

ImageDSCF1625 by Martin Beswick,

ImageDSCF1616 by Martin Beswick, summit group shot on the timer, should have zoomed a wee bit :lol:

We opted to try and follow Cameron McNeish's descent route, having been convinced by Simon, mainly because we didn't fancy descending across/down the snow fields.
There wasn't much of a path to follow down, it was just a matter of heading down the shoulder. We struck a problem when we reached a gully, so after surveying the surrounding terrain the choice was head back up & cross the gully near the top or pick our way down the grassy slope. No brainer really, down the grassy slope we went and it turned out to be a doddle. We could see the track in the distance that was marked on the map, which eventually leads back to the road.
Once on the road it is just a matter of strolling by the loch side for 3km to the cars and chatting about what another great day it had been :wink:
Once we were all changed the plan was to set off in a 'convoy' across to Skye with Karen dropping Jimmy off at Kintail Lodge to retrieve his wheels, but as usual Simon was dithering so we left without him, however he did catch us up :lol:
Next installment has already been posted as that was a rather dramatic introduction/welcoming to Skye :D
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Re: Skye "warm" up hill

Postby weaselmaster » Mon May 18, 2015 4:24 pm

Nice hill, nice day for it too.
You could have done with some of that sunshine when going up Vaddy & Gretty :lol:
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Re: Skye "warm" up hill

Postby dav2930 » Tue May 19, 2015 1:02 am

Nice report Flyer. Some great pics of the fine views I missed when I was up there in the clag a couple of years back. I seem to remember Cameron's suggested descent being pretty well pathless. I followed another of his suggestions & did Gairich the same day. Bloody knackering! I totally agree that the pylons are a real blot on the landscape hereabouts. :thumbup:
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Re: Skye "warm" up hill

Postby riverlodge » Tue May 19, 2015 10:47 am

nice report and wonderful pics.

if this was last Thursday, we might have said hello if you were the guys then heading in to get a pint at Carbost later (I was just off the main ridge). think you said you had been to Quoich "...doing a hill that starts with'M'.."

great day, and a perfect afternoon for a pint by the sea.
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Re: Skye "warm" up hill

Postby Mal Grey » Tue May 19, 2015 11:00 am

Lovely. What a grand viewpoint.


weaselmaster wrote:Nice hill, nice day for it too.
You could have done with some of that sunshine when going up Vaddy & Gretty :lol:


On the other had, then you would have been able to see the drops and my memory of Ghreadaidh is that they were somewhat precipitous and about 2" to the side of each of my feet!
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Re: Skye "warm" up hill

Postby AJNicholls » Wed May 20, 2015 6:20 am

Ah, the easy hill. What a sweet and distant memory! :D
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Re: Skye "warm" up hill

Postby Fife Flyer » Wed May 20, 2015 8:50 am

AJNicholls wrote:Ah, the easy hill. What a sweet and distant memory! :D


Spot on Andy, bring on the 'pudding' hills now :lol:
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Re: Skye "warm" up hill

Postby kmai1961 » Wed May 20, 2015 4:56 pm

riverlodge wrote: if this was last Thursday

Right day.
riverlodge wrote:think you said you had been to Quoich "...doing a hill that starts with'M'.."

Pretty much the way we generally talk about and refer to hills :)
riverlodge wrote: ... a pint by the sea

Definitely us!
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Re: Skye "warm" up hill

Postby jamesjones » Wed May 20, 2015 5:00 pm

Nice report Martin,

Hope you got home to Fife without any probs on Tuesday night. I drove all night and manged to get home about 4.15am, was knackered.

Take care. Jimmy
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Re: Skye "warm" up hill

Postby JimboJim » Wed May 20, 2015 7:16 pm

Great pics and certainly looks a tempting hill, Martin. :)
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Re: Skye "warm" up hill

Postby Fife Flyer » Wed May 20, 2015 7:16 pm

jamesjones wrote:Nice report Martin, Hope you got home to Fife without any probs on Tuesday night. I drove all night and manged to get home about 4.15am, was knackered. Take care. Jimmy


That's a "manly" drive Jimmy :wink: I was home at 23.45pm, knocked 40 mins off the satnav forecast :lol:
Like you I was also rather weary :wink:
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Re: Skye "warm" up hill

Postby AJNicholls » Wed May 20, 2015 7:35 pm

Meanwhile I was eating haggis.
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Re: Skye "warm" up hill

Postby Fife Flyer » Wed May 20, 2015 8:13 pm

AJNicholls wrote:Meanwhile I was eating haggis.

If you're not careful you could turn into a haggis - is that 6 nights on the trot? :lol:
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Re: Skye "warm" up hill

Postby simon-b » Wed May 20, 2015 9:16 pm

We could do with some more of that weather now! It's a bit grey and damp for Andy and me in the Fort Bill area at the moment. The warm up was a good day out for us all.
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