Sgurr a Mhaoraich from the east. 18th March 2006

Date: Saturday 18th March 2006
Distance: 10.2km
Ascent: 1020m

With a breezy but often sunny Saturday on offer we headed up to Loch Quoich for our second visit, this time with the Munro Sgurr a Mhaoraich on the radar.

As seems usual there was a group of stags at a feeding station near the road, makes for a good photo opportunity.

Quoich hills dawn stags

There’s another one of the area’s fine stalkers paths heading up Bac nan Canaichean to Sgurr Coire nan Eiricheallach, simply followed that as far as the snow line.

H on climb Sgurr Mor back

Once up to the snow line there was a smooth snow pack, albeit a bit slushy in the March thaw.

H on snowpack Sgurr Mor back

Sgurr Mor, visited in clag the previous November, was a little mist-wreathed.

Sgurr Mor from Sgurr Coire nan Eiricheallach.

To the SW were hills that were not yet on our radar at all, Sgurr nan Eugallt and Ben Aden amongst them.

Rough Bounds from Sgurr a Mhaoraich

Crossing from Sgurr Coire nan Eiricheallach to Sgurr a Mhaoraich, the Munro was mainly misted. It cleared a little to display its steep summit.

Sgurr a Mhaoraich cliffs revealed

Behind us Sgurr Coire nan Eiricheallach was still in sunshine:

The visit to the summit was achieved easily enough with the assistance of crampons and ice axes. Unfortunately the summit remained mostly misted, so we were denied a full view.

It did open up a little, briefly.

Loch Hourn and Ladhar Bheinn

Made our way back down, in and out of sunshine.

The odd posing opportunity presented.

K on outcrop Quoich back

Dropped down the steeper slope off Sgurr Coire nan Eiricheallach to the foot of the snow line.

…and then back to the car, by which time the clouds had pushed from the east across the sun.

Another fine day around Loch Quoich, and a first sight of some of those sublime Corbetts in the area.

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