walkhighlands

Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

Spidean Mialach & Gleouraich - After 2 months off the hills.

Spidean Mialach & Gleouraich - After 2 months off the hills.


Postby thorburn7 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:18 pm

Route description: Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach

Munros included on this walk: Gleouraich, Spidean Mialach

Date walked: 14/04/2018

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 1204m

4 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).

Having been away working in Germany for 2 months I had built up a bad case of Munro deficiency. Not being able to climb those fantastic mountains in Scotland left me very depressed and longing to come home as soon as possible. To celebrate m triumphant return from the European mainland I decided a venture beyond the Great Glen was in order. The vast majority of Munros I've bagged have been on the right side the Great Glen. The only other trip beyond that had been to Strathfarrar Munros up to this point. With the longer daylight hours returning I thought now was a good time to start aiming to bag Munros in the North West Highlands.

Our Choice was Spidean Mialach and Gleouraich. Two Munros high above Loch Quoich to restart my Munro-bagging adventures this year. Coming up from Greenock required a 6am start. I am actually starting to quite enjoy these early mornings as it means you can travel further and faster and get longer daylight on the hills. I was expecting a 4 hour car journey but was happily surprised to get there in just under 3.5 hrs.

Driving through Glen Garry and along the side of Loch Quoich was great. Calm and tranquil in the morning sun.
We parked up at the small car park marked on the map and followed the walkhighlands route east to west to take full advantage of the sunlight. We set off at about 10am.

Starting our ascent we had great weather to enjoy views of Loch Quoich.
ImageSpidean Mialach & Gleouraich by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Halfway up Spidean Mialach, the clear skies promised by Sean Batty were slowly disappearing. The path up was clear and in good condition, made good progress despite stopping for regular kodak moments.
ImageSpidean Mialach & Gleouraich by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Just below the summit of the first of the day's 2 munros.
ImageSpidean Mialach & Gleouraich by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Summit of Spidean Mialach at 12:30. 2.5hrs after starting off and celebrating with a customary summit selfie.
ImageSpidean Mialach & Gleouraich by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Here's me looking happy to be back on the hills after a few months off. And also happy to be able to start at the top of a hill in just a jumper. Winter is always good when it comes round but boy have I missed the warm weather haha.
ImageSpidean Mialach & Gleouraich by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

My companions in the distance. They like to take pictures after every step so I seem to always be waiting on them.
ImageSpidean Mialach & Gleouraich by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

There's a nice wee ridge connecting the 2 munros on this circuit. No dramas and straightforward enough. Took 1.5hrs for us to get down the 1st Munro and up the ridge onto the 2nd.
ImageSpidean Mialach & Gleouraich by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Looking back along the ridge towards Spidean Mialach.
ImageSpidean Mialach & Gleouraich by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Some good looking crags on the northside of these hills.
ImageSpidean Mialach & Gleouraich by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Summit selfie at the top of Gleouraich at 4pm.
ImageSpidean Mialach & Gleouraich by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Weather closing in but a shaft of sunlight breaking through the dense cloud.
ImageSpidean Mialach & Gleouraich by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

Brilliant view of Loch Quoich on the way off the mountain.
ImageSpidean Mialach & Gleouraich by Matthew Thorburn, on Flickr

We got back to the car about 6pm. A quick stop off at the Clachaig Inn for dinner broke up the long journey back home. Legs were in agony after this due to my time off. But so happy to get back on the bagging trail. Same again next week? Definitely!
thorburn7
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 19
Munros:210   Corbetts:6
Grahams:2   
Sub 2000:2   
Islands:3
Joined: Aug 26, 2015
Location: Greenock

Re: Spidean Mialach & Gleouraich - After 2 months off the hi

Postby 1Magnus » Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:55 pm

Great report with fantastic pictures. Walk just in normal boots? Or with crampons / winter equipment? Thanks.
1Magnus
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 26
Munros:118   
Joined: Apr 18, 2015

Re: Spidean Mialach & Gleouraich - After 2 months off the hi

Postby katyhills » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:49 pm

Lovely stuff! Surprisingly little snow up top there, apart from the nice cornices. It's a good few years since I did these, and I had a lovely clear day for them.
You did well time wise too, after your time off. That feeling in the thighs as they protest on an ascent is always a tricky moment :wink:

Some lovely shots - I particularly like your 'shaft of light' pic. Every time I see something like that I'm reminded of the Bowie song ' Oh you pretty things ' - # a crack in the sky and a hand reaching down to me. :)
katyhills
Walker
 
Posts: 352
Munros:119   Corbetts:28
Grahams:7   Donalds:2
Sub 2000:3   
Joined: Jul 7, 2015

Re: Spidean Mialach & Gleouraich - After 2 months off the hi

Postby thorburn7 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:33 pm

1Magnus wrote:Great report with fantastic pictures. Walk just in normal boots? Or with crampons / winter equipment? Thanks.


Just normal boots, I've got a pair of really good scarpas so had no issues. Conditions were not too bad, Crampons werent required.
thorburn7
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 19
Munros:210   Corbetts:6
Grahams:2   
Sub 2000:2   
Islands:3
Joined: Aug 26, 2015
Location: Greenock

4 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).



Walkhighlands community forum is advert free

We need help to keep the site online.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by setting up a monthly donation by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: callum96, lynnrobinson and 39 guests