Gairich in the November Sun

Route: Gairich, Loch Quoich

Munros: Gairich

Date walked: 06/11/2020

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 16.15km

Ascent: 886m

Weather looked like it was going to be a cracker, warm and a high chance of clear summits so took the day off work to make the 3 hour drive across country. Drove under clear skies all the way to about Invergarry where it clouded right over. Doh. Ah well here now, make the most of it.

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A glint of blue skies!

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View towards Gairich from the dam.

Past the dam the path immediately heads into one of wettest mossy, boggy sections of path I've seen.

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Thankfully this only lasts about 2km, before there is a dry(ish) path again down into a bit with some trees before it starts climbing up the slope of Gairich

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Path starts up the slope

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Just below the cloud, looking back towards Invergarry

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And looking up into the gloom

And up into the cloud it was, didn't expect much from the day from now on.

And then, a glimpse of a peak looking out of the cloud!
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Is that the top?

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Yes it is!

At this point, I meet someone coming the other direction and he tells me that it was absolutely stunning at the summit, cloud inversions, fog bows, broken spectres, the whole lot. But I know it's going to be too late for that now as the cloud and hill fog continues burn off around us.

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The last stretch zig zags up and there's a wee scrambly bit (bum slide on the way down).

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Wee scramble

And with that, the cairn comes into view giving some spectacular views of the moutains and wilderness around

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Stopped for a spot of lunch and just soaked the views up for a half hour before heading off again back the way I came.

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Very nice day for a November, just need to wait for my boots to dry off before I clean them down and put them away till next year again.

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