Beinn Damh with Scotland Outdoors winners Chris and Rob.

Rob belays Chris on the buttress up to Sgurr na Bana Mhoraire

This weekend  Scotland Outdoors winners Chris and Rob arrived in Shieldaig.  After a comfortable evening at Kinloch with Richard and Claire they headed up Beinn Damh with Jim.

Rather than just have a ‘zipped up jacket day’ dealing with the weather they opted to also have some instruction on basic ropework and navigation.  The buttress leading up to Sgurr na Bana Mhoraire provides an ideal environment to work at route-finding, direct belays and waist belays on classic summer ML terrain.

We were rewarded with some glimpses of the surrounding Torridon Mountains when we reached the trig point at 867m.

Young and fit it did not take Chris and Rob long to reach the cairn shelter at the south end of the mountain.  The final leg across the corrie to the true summit of 903m provided an excellent opportunity for some mountain navigation.  After some discussion about the strength of the wind compared to that forecast we decided to head back towards Torridon.

Instead of descending to the road and then trudging back up to the car we traversed north west back to our start point.  On the way we were treated to the majestic sight of some hinds and attendant stags.  Just the ending to a pretty perfect day – Well Done Guys!

Jim Sutherland

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