Unexpectedly fine on Vuirich. August 2011

Date: Saturday 27th August 2011
Distance: 21.5km
Ascent: 850m

A quick report. The forecast for the weekend had looked foul for the weekend and we’d made no arrangements to get away. The forecaster shuffled on to the News at 1850 mentioning changing forecasts and proceeded to deliver a reasonable prospect for Saturday.

We’ve been looking at Ben Vuirich for a long time without getting there. Time to take a bow.

Parked up at Loch Moraig – it’s 7 years since we were last here for our second ascent of Beinn a Ghlo.

Loch Moraig:

The start is the same – but continue on the track past the wee hut that marks the Beinn a Ghlo track passing south under Carn Liath.

Spotted a few interesting beasties on the way – Beautiful Yellow Underwing caterpillar:

Newt – this year’s model:

The jumble of Beinn a Ghlo:

Ford the Allt Coire Lagain to start the ascent of Ben Vuirich – this would be difficult in spate. A bridge is marked near Shinigag at NN 949 674 which would allow a dry crossing.

Climbed up the slopes of Sron na h-Innearach, the top of this was a bit peat boggy but not too bad.

A few fungi – perhaps growing puffballs?

Just prior to Stac nam Bodach we turned south to curl east again for the last pull up Vuirich.

A fairly cutting wind on the top – thoughts are definitely turning to the wintery gear again.

Some nice views up to the Lairig Ghru and the Gorms:

Glencoe was just visible to the west. Bidean nam Bian:

Hunkered down for some lunch at the cairn. A brisk shower passed through:

Carn Liath:

To return we headed first west then NW to cut over the NE ridge of Stac nam Bodach and pick up the track at NN 980 708.

Got a view of the elusive Loch Loch:

From there a simple walk back along the track to Loch Moraig.

Large herds of deer moving:

A pleasant stroll:

Audience:

Beinn a Ghlo:

Ben Vrackie:

Hazel and Beinn a Ghlo:

Other audience:

Not particularly complex or tricky but given the forecast a much welcomed decent outing for the weekend.

An enjoyable 6hour bimble.

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