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60 years on

60 years on

Postby 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

Time taken: 6 hours

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In August 1957 on a family holiday I scrambled up the Cobbler and carried on to Ben Ime to bag my first Munro - though I wasn't aware of it's significance at the time. almost sixty years later accompanied by a stalwart band of 17 (mostly) septuagenarian friends and one dog I topped out on Sgurr a Mhaoraich to complete the Munros :D
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 :lol: 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 :D .
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 :lol:
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" :D :D

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: :lol: :lol:
The stalkers path is first rate, but I suspect its zig-zags play hell with Naismith calculations :lol:
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
Off again
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 :lol:

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 :lol:

back along the traverse
Dinner at Corriegour
Last edited by past my sell by date on Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:07 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: 60 years on

Postby Alteknacker » Wed May 31, 2017 8:15 pm

Brilliant! And what a great day you had for it - obviously you have good contacts with the met office/weather sibyls!

I too generally go for solo walks, but on an occasion like this, a group of friends is perfect....
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Re: 60 years on

Postby Coop » Wed May 31, 2017 8:20 pm

Brilliant :clap:

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
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Re: 60 years on

Postby rockhopper » Wed May 31, 2017 9:36 pm

Congratulations :clap: :clap: and well done all who went with you ! Great hill to pick and a cracking day for it too - cheers :)
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Re: 60 years on

Postby Cairngorm creeper » Wed May 31, 2017 10:11 pm

Congratulations, and well done to all your companions. Looks like you had a superb day, :D
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Re: 60 years on

Postby Jaxter » Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:58 am

Congratulations :clap: :clap:

Not past your sell by date at all :wink:

Looks like you couldn't have picked a better day for it too, good stuff 8)
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Re: 60 years on

Postby tweedledog » Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:52 am

Congratulations! Did my first 60 years ago also, though haven't completed the lot and not likely to do them now. So well done, from one septuagenarian to another.
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Re: 60 years on

Postby dogplodder » Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:34 am

A lovely hill and congratulations on keeping on keeping on over all these years! :clap:
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Re: 60 years on

Postby past my sell by date » Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:43 pm

Thanks Everyone - Yes it was a very good day: I'm not sure how many of us would have made it had it been wet and windy. It's been a long but very enjoyable pilgrimage to complete the Munros, but taking so long I haven't done many in poor weather :)
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 :D 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
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Re: 60 years on

Postby 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... 8)
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Re: 60 years on

Postby Huff_n_Puff » Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:22 pm

Congratulations - looks like a wonderful day. All strength to the septuagenarians :lol: :lol:
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Re: 60 years on

Postby Sunset tripper » Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:20 pm

Congratulations. An epic journey. :thumbup:
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