Another year, another canoe trip up Loch Quoich - and why not?

What a great weekend, even if we didn't get to the top of the hill.

The last weekend in May Mark, Stuart and I returned to Loch Quoich for another canoe/camp and hill.  All good.
Picked up a canoe at the Snowgoose centre in Corpach.  

Carting our vessel to the launch point at Loch Quoich

Final preparations.  Sgurr a'Mhaoraich looking resplendent behind.

First landfall, just past the mouth of the Abhainn Choaidh, but nowhere suitable for camping.  Views back down the loch to Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach

Loading the boat back up to head further up the loch in search of that perfect campsite.

Final beaching of the boat for the night, closer to the end of the loch.

Pitching - individual rooms this time - how civilised.

View back down the Loch from the campsite

Idyllic or what?

Having fun, enjoying the great outdoors

Next morning, getting ready for the hills.

Gaining height, up the side of Sgurr Airigh na Beinne.

Heading along the Druim Chosaidh, with Loch Quoich behind us.  Garich on the right

To the south, Ben Aden, and a jumble of other hills

It was a long way to Sgurr a Choire Bheithe. That's Sgurr Mor  with the snow-capped peak on the right.

Target getting closer - the bit in the middle.

Ben Aden on the mid-right, with Coire na Gail to the left, leading up to Garbh Chioch Mhor/Sguss na Ciche and all that.

Elusive top gets closer, but oh so slowly.

Time for a healthy hill lunch, to set us up for the final push.

Forgot to bring a beer!

Just stunning.

Still not quite there

And the veiw back - Sgurr a'Mhaoraich on the left of Gleouraich, above Loch Quioch, and to the right of Sgurr Airigh na Beinne which we have come over is Sgurr Mor.

Long way down to the River Carnach, with Loch Nevis visible behind.  On the right are the hills behind Meall Buidhe I think.

Isn't computer software wonderful?

Getting higher now!

Getting ever closer, but finding it more challenging to ascend safely on wet snow.  Still check the view?

Such bravery.

Such caution.

Looking back over Druim Chosaidh to Loch Quoich etc.  A good day's effort.

Another view of the River Carnach, under the mighty Ben Aden

Sadly this is about as far as we got, as the snow was just to wet and slippy to make it safe to continue.  So close, but to be honest we didn't care.

Heading slowly back round the final buttress of Sgurr a Choire bheithe.

The treck back to camp.

Descending towards Lochan nam Breac

Pretty little Lochan nam Breac, wiht Sgur nan Coireachan looming behind

Back at camp Mark got the fire going, and we started prepartions for dinner.

Our little enclave.

The great outdoors - embrace it all.

Smoke on the water

Relaxing after a hard days enjoyment.

And goodnight
Next day it was a little wet, but we managed to get back to civilsation safely.  Roll on the next trip.

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