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by past my sell by date » Wed May 31, 2017 5:06 pm
Route description: Sgurr a' Mhaoraich, Loch Quoich
Munros included on this walk: Sgurr a'Mhaoraich
Date walked: 09/05/2017
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As I have lived a lot of my adult life in the Lake District, I'm afraid there were no registered Walkhighlanders amongst them but a number of mountaineering clubs were represented together with a group of "Reluctant Ramblers" who normally expect a pub to be included on any walk they do Among the group were a number of universty colleagues who've had to put up with me for the longest, an old friend who'd come over specially from Vancouver, two friends of Donna from Linlithgow to represent Scotland, and Steve - A Chamonix guide who has taken me up a number of alpine routes - though not today in his official capacity - and his partner Anne
I had chosen this hill as I had hoped to hold the party afterwards at nearby Tomdoun. Sadly this excellent establishment closed a couple of years ago but Corriegour Lodge on Loch Lochy stepped into the breach and provided first class hospitality .
Not a lot to say about the climb - we followed the WH route to the summit and returned the same way. I am much more used to solitary ascents - this was the largest group I have ever walked with - and indeed it felt and I suspect looked - much more like a pilgrimage up mount Fuji or Croagh Patrick
The weather started clear and sunny with a pleasant westerly breeze but beyond the sub-summit of Sgurr Coire an Eiricheallach this strengthened becoming quite chilly and eventually necessitating a change from sun hat to balaclava. It was quite cold at the summit with patches of mist and unfortunately the grand views down Loch Hourn and out to the Islands were missing But it remained dry, everyone had a good day and there were no "accidents, injuries, alarms or excursions"
HERE ARE SOME OF THE PHOTOS
Looking up Loch Quoich from near the dam - Sgurr na Ciche is in cloud
Ready to start
With some of the Keswick Mountaineering club contingent
The deer that I had ordered appeared on cue and trotted across the horizon to signal the 10.00am start:lol:
The stalkers path is first rate, but I suspect its zig-zags play hell with Naismith calculations
On our way
First major halt at the top of the Bac nan Canaichean
Looking E into Glen Loyne with the Cluanie ridge beyond
Nigel explains his latest gadget to Steve and Anne
The final climb to the 841m sub-summit of Sgurr Coire an Eiricheallach
The traverse to the Munro
On the traverse
Near the end of the traverse before the final steep ramp, some very enticing flat rocks compelled a halt
Harvey is looking hopefully for a biscuit
On the ramp
The entire group: Ailie is comfortable in a T- shirt - everyone else looks frozen
I suppose I had to have a couple on my own
A Keswick mountaineer in festive mood
with the Reluctant Ramblers
The eye of faith could detect Loch Hourn - but not much more
Looking back E across the traverse to Gleouraich and Spidian Mialach
It was pretty cold and miserable on top and the consensus was to descend the ramp and find a more sheltered spot for lunch
Lunch amongst the boulders
I even took my balaclava off. Given the dry state of the "bog" I would have descended directly from here but I was forbidden to leave the path - they all know me too well
back along the traverse
Dinner at Corriegour
by Alteknacker » Wed May 31, 2017 8:15 pm
I too generally go for solo walks, but on an occasion like this, a group of friends is perfect....
by Coop » Wed May 31, 2017 8:20 pm
I eyed up that today as I was on Spidean Mialach and Gleouraich. Fantastic views.
We'll in and we'll done to all your friends who accompanied you.
Things like this really put a smile on your face
by rockhopper » Wed May 31, 2017 9:36 pm
by Cairngorm creeper » Wed May 31, 2017 10:11 pm
by Jaxter » Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:58 am
Not past your sell by date at all
Looks like you couldn't have picked a better day for it too, good stuff
by tweedledog » Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:52 am
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by dogplodder » Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:34 am
by past my sell by date » Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:43 pm
I had some more good news recently. My Zermatt guide Klaus who took me up all the Swiss 4000nders summited Everest last weekend with his No.1 client Together they've now completed the seven highest peaks on the seven continents (Oceania the seventh). There'll be a big party in the Mattertal in July
by matt_outandabout » Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:59 pm
Im hoping I have a good group of pals and legs to climb when I am your age too...
by Huff_n_Puff » Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:22 pm
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