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Sgurr a' Mhaoraich
by mrssanta » Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:06 pm
Route description: Sgurr a' Mhaoraich, Loch Quoich
Munros included on this walk: Sgurr a'Mhaoraich
Date walked: 09/07/2015
Time taken: 5.45 hours
Distance: 10.5 km2 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
To be honest I was Kn***ered but there was no way I was going to chicken out!
It was not a particularly warm day and there was quite a bit of cloud cover so we decided we were not going to do the circuit as described in WH but go straight up and down again. As Rudolph had to go home again the next day the plan was that we would camp again overnight then I would go to Islay to visit my mum for a week as I still had another week off work
Surprisingly enough, for a not too gorgeous day in the middle of the week (Thursday) we met more people on this hill than we had on all the previous six days!
I forgot to switch the GPS on until we had walked a bit so it looks like we were helicoptered in
There is a brilliant constructed path which takes you pretty much all the way to the top. I was very grateful.
I spotted these flowers on the way up, does anyone know what they are?
We hit a snow patch just before the top of Sgurr Coire nan Eiricheallach which was easily crossed or bypassed but we had a bit of fun with it.
After Sgurr Coire nan Eiricheallach the path becomes rougher across boulders and steep slopes, but still easily found and well constructed with no real difficulty. There is a steep pull up to the summit along a ledge which looks like it has been dug out many years ago, where there was wood sorrel growing.
Views of the surrounding hills came and went, but we had some fun trying to identify which hill was which with some healthy disagreement and I am sorry to say I cannot remember which pictures show which hills!
I really slowed down for the last km or so of the ascent and Rudolph went ahead; he was going to put the kettle on for a brew, but when I got to the summit he was busy chatting so my tea was not ready. however there was a lovely sheltered spot just below the summit which was ideal for a kitchen and a wee sit down out of the cold wind.
We stopped there for lunch and a rest and chatted with a few folks who came and went.
Then we went down again!
We reached the bottom of the hill at about half past three and had hatched a plan to go to the Real Food Cafe for tea, then camp at Bridge of Orchy or thereabouts and go our separate ways in the morning. However, Rudolph received a message from his spies that there was an extra Islay ferry that evening (which had been put on in case the Friday strike was still going ahead, although the strike had been cancelled). So I hot footed it down the road to Kennacraig while Rudolph went back to Yorkshire (poor dear).
I had my tea on the boat and I must have looked hungry and bedraggled because the steward gave me extra chips with my curry!
Just for your amusement:
http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/soci ... 0724100476
and here are some more flower pictures from the last two days.
by simon-b » Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:50 pm
by mrssanta » Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:28 am
simon-b wrote:A nice hill with fine views, Mrs S. A good one to finish your trip with. I know what I would be drinking if I went to Islay.
burn water and tea?? I guess not! Despite my family history in the Whisky industry (my great grandfather was manager of Ardbeg distillery before the first war) I don't like the stuff!
by mrssanta » Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:00 pm
dogplodder wrote:Exquisite flower shots.
thank you. I can't get the hang of birds as they fly away too fast, but flowers at least stay put!
by spiderwebb » Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:50 am
by BlackPanther » Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:54 am
I see some mountains as "feminine" (Glamaig, Mt Keen, Beinn Alligin), but Nevis is definitely a male, the mighty king of the British Isles!
Congrats on 150, by the way!
by mountain-ju-drop » Sun Aug 09, 2015 7:38 am
I totally agree on the bird/flower thing.....
I reached 150 on Spidean Mialach a couple of days ago coincidentally on my birthday. We celebrated with tea and a wee dram of Bunnahabhain! We were amazed at how many orchids were still blooming in August - a reflection on this summer's weather perhaps?
by mountain-ju-drop » Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:19 am
OOPS! I get so confused with all these numbers I didn't reach 150 I reached 50%!!! 9 more to go to 150!
by Malckyb » Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:59 pm
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