Thursday, July 08, 2010

Knoydart and Loch Quoich: Sgurr Mor (132)

Walk date: 28/05/10 (Friday)
My Munro #'s: 196

Pronunciations - translations - heights:
Skoor mor - big peak - 1003m

Duration - 10:45 - 17:15
Distance - 20km
Total ascent - 1500m
Weather - Again very lucky with the weather: rainfall occurred around us but we only got light amounts. Windier and colder than before but still ok.
Team - Paul P
Other hikers: none

Paul P and George 'Knoydart and around' hiking 2010

Gulvain was Bridget's last Munro on this trip and the start of this day saw Paul take her to the station for her onward travels to visit friends. Part II thus got underway and Paul and I set out again toward the Knoydart hills, this time from the western end of Loch Arkaig, which while driving along its twisty single track road, felt like the longest body of water in the world!! Allow a good hour, but to be comfortable 90 mins.

The hike starts in Glen Dessarry, but soon turns a sharp right to head ENE climbing past the Glendessarry Lodge up onto a boggy rough saddle before dropping into the long Glen Kingie.

My book had described a circular tour of the hill, which now stood proudly before us, but as we surveyed it Paul and I deemed this an unnecessary expedition, and instead opted for a direct attack on the corrie. Although steep, progress was very good, and we were pleasantly surprised by our rapidity to the summit. The views over the unvisited territory of Loch Quoich were particularly fine.

With yet another new hostel to find that evening, and cooking to do, we carried on apace, being very impressed with our 6.5 hours turnaround seeing as my book had suggested 9-10!

Starting the climb from Glen Dessarry:

Sgurr Mor over Glen Kingie:

Looking down (E) Glen Kingie:

Up we go, corrie approach:

Looking west over Sgurr na Ciche:

Loch Quoich:

More Quoich:

Paul and the cairn:

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