15:48. Loch Quoich from Gairich summit. This would involve some remote country, including one of the most remote Corbetts, Ben Aden. This would also avoid the sometimes horrendously boggy approaches to Gairich on the normal route from the dam on Loch Quoich. Stage 2 It had taken us almost 3 hours to reach this point. The stags blocked a single track road, with Munro Gairich looming on the horizon, and Loch Quoich in the foreground. Here is the ridge between An Eag and Sgurr Beag. It is rare that I make a second visit to a Corbett, but I had previously been here, alone, in February 2013 on (weather-wise) the most perfect of winter days. Dammed in the 1950's, only the road on the north side of the loch gives good access to the surrounding rugged peaks. Parking by the Loch Quoich dam, we splish-sploshed our not-so-merry way across the sodden moorland for an hour to access the broad shoulder of Druim na Geid Salaich which gives access to the peak from the E. There was a path, but it seemed academic such was the amount of groundwater. Even a distant Ben Nevis seen in this zoomed shot. OpenStreetMaps. Loch Quoich from bac nan Canaichean - geograph.org.uk - 983307.jpg 640 × 480; 134 KB Loch Quoich from Gairich summit.jpg 1,717 × 1,227; 138 KB Loch Quoich from Gleouraich - geograph.org.uk - 310303.jpg 640 × 480; 59 KB Loch Quoich Dam From The Road. There followed a 170m (560ft) steep ascent up Garbh Chioch Mhor. She was up for such a trip and, living in Fort William, was busy bagging Munros. The blog started out just as a mix of mountain climbing and other travel reports interspersed with a few random musings prompted by a trip that I made to Mexico and South America in November and December 2014. But here I am looking remarkably cheerful with the ever present Sgurr na Ciche behind me. The first section is across what sometimes forms the bed of the Loch. First Luinne Bheinn and Mell Bhuidhe, remote Munros on the Knoydart peninsula. It was approaching 3pm and daylight hours are not long at this time of the year. Descending from the summit of Sgùrr a’ Mhaoraich, the high-level cloud that had blighted much of the day slowly began to disperse. We were able to leave our rucksacks here and enjoyed a lightweight final clamber to the top. And a view over Knoydart and to Beinn Sgritheall. The stags blocked a single track road, with munro Gairich looming on the horizon, and Loch Quoich in the foreground. We toyed with the idea of leaving our packs on the ridge but it was so broad with ups and downs we feared we would not find them again. Panorama of the peaks to the north of Loch Quoich from Gairich in Knoydart. Our spell of settled weather continued but we were to finish in the dark. This would also avoid the sometimes horrendously boggy approaches to Gairich on the normal route from the dam on Loch Quoich. At first we missed the start of this path because through lack of use it is indistinct. On that occasion we had left Yorkshire early one Saturday morning and arrived at the end of Loch Arkaig to the south at 1pm. Loch Garry dawn. Then a zoomed shot of Beinn Sgritheall above Arnisdale on Loch Hourn. You can find out more about me by clicking on the “About Me” tab above. By the time you pass the dam, you are completely alone in an empty and harsh land. Gairich over Loch Quoich: About an hour and a half later we were jumping out of the car beside the Quoich Dam, in light rain, but with the cloud rising and the mountains appearing - Gairich's snowy cone reflected in the mirror that was Loch Quoich. Gairich from Loch Quoich est un sentier aller-retour de 9.7 miles situé près de Invergarry, Highland en Écosse. Ben Aden lies at the west end of Loch Quoich in the western highlands about 25 miles north west of Fort William as the crow flies, but probably twice the distance to the start point for the approach. The usual ascent of Gairich starts at the car park at the Loch Quoich dam[8] at grid reference NH070024. So we shared these and they tasted like a gourmet meal! And down to the ever present Loch Quoich. The Munros Almanac, Neil Wilson Publishing, 1991, Cameron McNeish, This page was last edited on 14 October 2018, at 06:48. © Roger Vander Steen I had seriously considered whether or not it would be possible to miss out Gairich, but the alternative routes looked as bad as going over the top of it! Here we found the traces of tracks over rough ground. Ramblers Scotland - Gairich - Loch Quoich. Gairich: Hill number: 741: Height: 919m / 3015ft: RHB Section: 10B: Knoydart to Glen Kingie: County/UA: Highland (UA) Region test: HW16 Ciche-gairich: Catchment: Ness: Class: Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Munro, Murdo, Yeaman (Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,M,Mur,Y,P500) Grid ref: ... From Loch Quoich dam: kdbennett: 19/11/2017: Red Deer hairy ubit ptarmigan frogs 2 ravens very … With Saturday looking nice we headed for another hill at Loch Quoich – Gairich. I had warned Tzvetie that the next section was notoriously boggy. Comments are welcome! This topic has been archived, and won't accept reply postings. Loch Quoich is a lonely loch on route to Knoydart. From Loch Quoich dam, as others have said soggy boggy approach. rhalstead: 27/06/2015: Spidean Mialach, Gleouraich and Sgurr a'Mhaoraich followed by Gairich. Day 53 of 59 for all Munros. 34km, +/ … Mist burning off Loch Quoich to reveil Gairich in the background. Along the southern shore of Loch Quoich Looking roughly eastwards towards the Munros of Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach. Length 9.7 mi Elevation gain 2,824 ft Route type Out & Back View south from the mountain Gleouraich towards Gairich with Loch Quoich below. From there the dam wall is crossed and a path is picked up which goes south for 2.5 kilometres to reach the lower part of the east ridge. May 2006: 6th May 2006 : kinley: Cushy Camp on Gairich-Byrdman: Gairich - stunner! View looking north along Glen Quoich from Creag Bhaig, Mar Lodge, Deeside, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, April 2016. Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach. A number of options had been mooted, mostly north-west initially, but I settled on a return to one of my favourite spots in Britain, the beautiful Loch Quoich. A perfect winter day rewarded all 24 members and guests who attended this bus meet. It will not be visited that often. GoogleMaps. The Loch is dammed at both its east and its west ends. Some careful balancing on rocks enabled a dry shod crossing to be made. The northern corrie of Gairich provides a pleasing shape to the way ahead. Loch Garry dawn. It would then be possible tocanoe back across the loch and add Sgurr a‘ Mhaoraich to the day’s tally. But the views were still nice if a bit gloomy. It can be approached via the Dam at the end of Loch Quoich or from the stalkers paths at Strathan, at the head of Loch Arkaig and has fine views in every direction. There were a few streams to cross and the black soil was occasionally a bit sticky, but it was only about 800m until we were on firmer ground. In 1961 it was a staggering 520cm!" climb Gairich would be to canoe across the loch and climb the hill by its broad north ridge. The length of the dam was probably over 400m and is one of the components in the overall Loch Quoich / Loch Garry hydropower generation scheme. Distance: 15 km. Indeed you can see where we were to camp that evening on the levelling of the ridge just above the cloud. I made out Tzvetie waiting for me in the shallow col a couple of hundred metres ahead. It was then a fairly steep descent south before crossing an estate track and climbing onto the Druim na Geid Salaich Ridge. In the process Glen Quoich Lodge was destroyed. Record level Item. The name is one of many associated with hunting and like several others suggests the presence of yelling or roaring stags. Learn how your comment data is processed. It was here where we saw our one and only other person of the day. Med ei høgd på 919 meter over havet har Gairich status som munro. Gairich is a Scottish mountain situated on the southern side of Loch Quoich between Glen Kingie and Glen Garry in the Lochaber district of the Highland Council Area, 25 kilometres north-northwest of Fort William . Loch Quoich and Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach from Gairich in Knoydart. It was a relief to see the dam! Here the terrain becomes softer. Neither of us felt like cooking. Hamish’s Mountain Walk, Baton Wicks, 1996, Hamish Brown. Gairich Munro, marilyn: Gairich sett frå Loch Quoich… Gairich is in fact the first peak in a chain of hills which extends westwards over the adjoining Munro of Sgurr Mòr to terminate at Sgurr na Cìche in the remote wilderness of Knoydart. The next kilometre was tortuous as we navigated our way across rough boggy ground. Loch Garry was looking rather serene as we headed for Loch Quoich. Gairich er eit fjell i Skottland som ligg på sørsida av Loch Quoich mellom Glen Kingie og Glen Garry i Lochaber i Highland, 25 km nordvest for Fort William. View south from the mountain Gleouraich towards Gairich with … Remarkably cheerful considering that we still had this hill to do – Gairich. We were past it. We packed quickly and were off by 6.30am. The bog crossing had a rather soupy reputation, but seemed rather unremarkable to us….just a bit muddy. Gairich from Loch Quoich - geograph.org.uk - 4249.jpg 640 × 330; 123 KB Gairich from Quoich dam.jpg 1,268 × 907; 155 KB Loch Quoich from Gairich summit.jpg 1,717 × 1,227; 138 KB The Kinbreack bothy in Glen Kingie is a useful base for climbing the mountains in this area. The fourth Munro, Sgurr a’ Mhaoraich, lies close to the long fjord-like Loch Hourn, and translates as the peak of the shellfish. Volcanic Seven Summits: Defining the Continents. I was keen to get through this section before the light finally went. The splendid E-facing headwall above Coire Thollaidh is visible from afar and remains a fine sight throughout the approach, especially in winter. It was 4.55pm when the Gairich summit cairn was finally reached – 3 hours from Sgurr an Fhuarain. But there are two smaller ones at the west end that take the Loch over the natural watershed. Curious to hear from anyone who has come down Gairich by the northern shoulder to shores of Loch Quoich and walked east along the shore back to the main path / dam. View hierarchy View IIIF manifest The Loch surface was raised about 33m (100ft) in height and the surface area increased from 7.7 to 18 sq kilometres (3 to 7 sq miles). - E9E02D from Alamy's library of millions of … Western Loch Quoich The walk begins from a parking area just west of the Loch Quoich dam, on the south side of the road. I have previously been here twice, both times with Louise, and climbed the three Munro's on the north shore of the loch. Premium maps are available in this area. Gairich Loch Quoich. We agreed on a plan which would pick up six Munros and two Corbetts over three days. 210m (690ft) higher we found somewhere suitable. Eventually we reached the bottom of the path. Gairich is a mountain in Scotland situated on the southern side of Loch Quoich between Glen Kingie and Glen Garry in the Lochaber district of the Highland Council Area, 25 kilometres north-northwest of Fort William. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als schwierig einzustufen. Gairich (919m) over Loch Quoich (Loch Chuaich), Glen Garry, Highland Region, Scotland, UK. Sgurr Mor was lightly covered. The dams were constructed in the mid 1950’s. This would involve a 340m (1,100ft) loss of height and slightly more on the re-ascent. We had another break part way along the ridge and contemplated our location and that final climb. But in the end it was not too bad. Beyond Lochan an Fhigheadair I left the path and ascended the Tump, Meall a’ Chait. Tzvetie then drove back to my car. We stopped for 20 minutes for some refreshment and to decide which way to tackle Ben Aden which now stood just beyond but still 630m (or over 2,000ft) above us. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. Again we had had a stop here for further refreshment though both water and food were now running low. As part of my preparations for my trip to Antarctica I wanted to do an extended trip to improve fitness and resilience, preferably an overnighter, therefore carrying some weight over a couple of days. I knew by now that we would be finishing in the dark. Upper Loch Quoich looking West Looking over to Gairich.The path zig zags nicely down to the car park among the trees on the loch side. Parts were still supported by little embankments with dressed stonework. Eventually I lost sight of her. We left it when it dipped down to the Feadan na Ciche (the col between Sgurr na Ciche and Garbh Chioch Mhor). It was 10am by the time we reached the top of Sgurr nan Coireachan. Looking East Down Glen Garry Towards The Pyramid Like Ben Tee . Edwin Landseer was among many fashionable sportsmen who came here in the 19th century, and his best known paintings were inspired by the red deer of Glen Quoich. It would then be possible tocanoe back across the loch and add Sgurr a‘ Mhaoraich to the day’s tally. Along the southern shore of Loch Quoich Looking roughly eastwards towards the Munros of Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach. It was helped by the fact that our first summit was only 150m (500ft) above us, but it would involve over 24km (15 miles) of walking and 2,150m (7,000ft) of ascent. Mountaineering and the Volcanic Seven Summits, 24th August 2017 by James Stone Leave a Comment. You can find details of that trip using the Tags and the Archive below. Thank you for taking the trouble to read this blog. It was then a question of climbing the ridge until we found a suitable place to pitch the tents. 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