This morning I nipped up the north end of Beinn Damh to Sgurr na Bana Mhoraire.
The final buttress up to the summit can be made as easy or as sporting as you choose. One particular corner with nice dry sandstone on the right and a mixture of verglas with semi-frozen moss was particularly memorable. I have always thought that with a decent covering of snow this would make a great introductory winter mountaineering adventure. The views from the trig point on Sgurr na Bana Mhoraire are spectacular with the ‘south’ Torridon Mountains looking particularly impressive today.
As I expected the first inch of so of the old snow had re-frozen quite nicely, but underneath it was still a bit soft. Turf varied from frozen/dry and wet/mushy. Still a great way to spend a couple of hours and the descent down the western side of the buttress in sun was lovely.
With snow and sub-zero temperatures forecast the north buttress of Sgurr na Bana Mhoraire might well be a suitable objective for a nineonesix – guiding winter mountaineering trip this winter?
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