Winter Wonder Land - the best walk I never finished
by Michael Cook » Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:35 pm
Route description: Gairich, Loch Quoich
Munros included on this walk: Gairich
Date walked: 10/01/2010
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 15 km
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Setting off from the car with the temperature measuing -12 deg C, but no wind, it felt like it was going to be a special day.
All the trees were clad in snow and everything looked so fragile. By the time we could see Gairich it was nice to compose a shot with both the trees and the mountain we were headed for.
We took time out to check out this frozen waterfall. My friend Neil posed for the shot to give it scale.
Crossing the Dam was fun with snow drifts to cross. The snow on the wall was 4-5 inches thick.
It was slow going walking to the foot of Gairich itself, partly because the snow was deep in places (at times wading) and partly because the light was so stunning we kept stopping to take pictures.
There was hardly any sign of this frozen stream until we were right on it. It would have been easy to wander onto the ice.
Once we got a bit higher up the wind had blown the snow into drifts which mostly we could avoid so the going was a bit quicker. By this point we were quite a bit behind time. Note the animals footprints beside mine.
Nearing the top the snow was still fairly deep and a bit slippery. No need for crampons just kicking good steps. That said it was getting a bit steep and exposed and still powdery giving way a bit. I have done much worse than this in terms of exposure but the cold and snow and lack of day light left meant I had definately had enough by this point. These two pictures were from our turning back point.
By the time we got back to the car it was dusk and darkening fast. I wouldn't have fancied our chances if we were benighted in these temperatures. All in all a very rewarding day which was partly the reason why we didn't summit. There were so many points of interest along the way that we simply ran out of time. Many good memories once again. A good day in winter on the Scottish hills is hard to beat!
by Alastair S » Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:12 pm
by rocket-ron » Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:52 pm
But, although the walking can be quite fun, I'll never be eager for winter - I hate being cold and miserable!
- mountain coward
Nice report with some excellent pictures. Just love that frozen waterfall. I done this one in rain and sleet and it was not much fun. However I would not like to be caught out in those temperatures.
by Graeme D » Sun Sep 19, 2010 3:03 pm
by kinley » Sun Sep 19, 2010 4:15 pm
Brave getting your car up there
Looks absolutely excellent though
Cannae wait for winter
by Milesy » Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:24 pm
bring winter on with gusto!
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by davidwcroft » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:36 pm
Fantastic photos. Thinking of trying it this winter but if there is that much snow on the roads I doubt I would attempt the drive in. Good decision to turn back especially with the fantastic memories.