Loch Quoich, Walking and Waves

I’m rapidly acquiring a strong liking for this area and with one previous walk in the area and some others nearby, I have been spending more and more time looking at the map working out possible adventures here. One such idea that came to mind after a failed summit bid of the hill, Gairich, was to avoid a repeat of that route by paddling over to a point on the shore of Loch Quoich beneath and to the west of it for an alternative ascent. This grew in to a weekend trip suggestion with some flexibility of routes accessible from this point and with a good forecast for the weekend and beyond, only good things could happen.

A short paddle across the loch had a group of us joining up with others who had already made this crossing the previous night and once tents were up, we headed off up Sgurr Mor to the SW. From there we followed the skyline east to the summit of Sgurr an Fhurain before dropping down low to a stalkers path and though it would have been easy to head back to camp at this point, we persevered with an ascent of Gairich too which involved walking up a brilliant zig-zagging path for the most part. Re-tracing this, we re-joined the stalkers path which led us all the way back to camp. Well earned dinners and fireside chat followed, under a starry sky. What a day! Great views and a nice remote feel to our walk and camp.

Next day, we headed further in to Loch Quoich with a shorter walk in mind (thankfully) and after landing, we changed clothes and headed up the NE ridge of Ben Aden. Amazing views again, both to some new areas and to some visited in the past. A knobbly little peak generally with lots of slabby scrambling on offer made for an interesting and quick route to the top and after a break we descended and paddled back to camp then over the loch. Sting in the tail was slightly stronger winds than forecast which we had against us for the 15km out.

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