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Scorchio at Loch Quoich

Route: Sgurr a' Mhaoraich, Loch Quoich

Munros: Sgurr a'Mhaoraich

Date walked: 26/06/2019

Time taken: 5.5 hours

The forecast was looking terrific for a few days in the north west, so I decided to head up to do a couple of single Munros at Loch Quoich [knees permitting] while the going was good.
The going was indeed very good. Long drive, four hours, but very enjoyable, and was parked up and ready to go at half ten. The stalker track for Sgurr a'Mhaoraich is easy to find, five or ten minutes along the road from the parking area at the bridge.
Hot work, so I took it easy, and an hour in, the views were already splendid. Looking back across to Gairich
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The path is excellent, so no need to do anything other than keep heading up, keep stopping to admire the scenery, and keep hydrated. :wink:
The summit comes into view a couple of hours in
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and it's a very pleasant ridge walk from there, over the lumps and bumps of Sgurr Coire nan Eiricheallach, and looking back to see Gleouraich just poking it's head up, and the hills of the South Glenshiel Ridge
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The crags around the approach to the summit are sharply defined
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but they pose no real problem, and it's straightforward up and round the final little push to the summit trig, where any remaining breath is taken away by the 360 degree views. What's not to like?
Summit view
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I spent a good bit of time wandering around the summit, taking it all in, and feeling ridiculously emotional at the glorious landscape. Fabulous hills in every direction, Skye was slightly obscured by the light cloud and haze, but the mighty Ladhar Bheinn was clear, standing guard over Loch Hourn.
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Gleouraich and Spidean Malach looked stunning in the late afternoon light
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Eventually, I wandered back down the same way, still stopping regularly to take photos. I loved the way the north east ridge of Gairich echoed the shape of Nevis in the distance.
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Plenty of wildlife around too. I narrowly missed a little frog
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Back near the car, the stonechat was very noisy
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and it was a 'sing off' with his pal :D
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Unfortunately, my knees were problematic on the way back down, so had to give the following day a miss, and I had unevenly burnt arms, but it couldn't detract from a great day out :D

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Activity: Walker
Mountain: Bidean nam Bian
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Ideal day out: ridge walk

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Statistics

2019

Trips: 1
Munros: 1

2017

Trips: 4
Distance: 28.14 km
Ascent: 1585m
Munros: 1
Corbetts: 1

2016

Trips: 1
Ascent: 713m
Grahams: 1


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