This is the continuing adventure of the great – MUNRO ADVENTURE 2015
DAY 60 ( 29th JUNE )
QUOICH DAM TO SOURLIES
Gairich – 919 metres – Munro – 272 “Hill of the Roaring”
Sgurr Mor – 1003 metres – Munro – 132 “Big Peak”
Sgurr nan Coireachan – 953 metres – Munro – 213 “Peak of the Corries”
Garbh Chioch Mhor – 1013 metres – Munro – 116 “ Big Rough place of the Breast!
Sgurr na Ciche – 1040 metres – Munro – 92 “Peak of the breast”
Parked up last night at the point I started yesterday’s hills it was level and quiet so no point moving. Drove down to Kinloch Hourn this morning and dropped off my bike for the return cycle back to the Quoich Dam, in hindsight i maybe should have done this route the other way round so I had a downhill cycle to finish but it was to late as I only thought of that when I parked the van at the dam.
The forecast today was for cloud above most summits by midday and occasional showers. I put on full paramo gear as I had a feeling there was going to more rain than forecasted. Started at 10.30 by first walking across the dam then onto one off the boggiest paths around , it wasn’t long till i went into a hole right up past the knee in mud what a start to the day, then I remembered I had left my bothy shoes in the van. I was soon on the easy angled ridge that led to Gairich but not before the final rocky ridge to finish . The summit was clear as were all my other hills to come . Headed down W ridge and picked up the stalkers path which took me to the foot of the Corbett Sgurr an Fhuarain climbed over it and continued onto Sgurr Mor summit which was also clear, I got hit by a heavy rain shower on the way over Sgurr Beag and another going over An Eag. It was a hard pull up onto Sgurr nan Coireachan and as even harder pull onto Garbh Choich Mhor navigation wad easy with a dyke to follow the way to the summit. One more hill to climb but unfortunately the clag was down now for one of the finest views in Scotland but not today . Descended the SW undulating ridge past the lochan and finally down to Sourlies bothy . ( a great place to stay in a wild land)
There was a group of 4 youngsters who came in not long before me and there was a man who was doing the Cape Wrath Trail . All in all a grand day out even if all the paths were boggy and the more than occasional rain showers.
Today’s totals:19.36 mls,2821m ascent,8hrs 59 mins
179 Munros to date. – what an effort a great day! What a place to be going great.