Olly’s wife had asked me to guide him on a Torridon mountain for his birthday. After speaking to him we both agreed that a traverse of the two Munros on Beinn Eighe was in order. To avoid the normal route and its’ erosion I led Olly up the fun little ridge of Stuic a Coire an Laoigh. This is a great place to practice the skills of route-finding, judging the stability of rock and working on grade 1 scrambling skills.
Once we hit the main ridge the weater became… unpleasant. No views so a sneaky deer-track traverse was in order to reach the bealach above Coire Mhic Fhearchair with some sort of shelter from the wind and rain. Once at this crucial point on the hill we then headed across to Ruadh Stac Mor in more low cloud. Not wanting to waste this opportunity we looked at pacing and walking on a compass bearing.
After coming back from our second Munro Olly and I made a safe descent into one of the most spectacular corries in the Northwest Highlands. The conditions did improve quite a bit on our walk out and return to the car.
(we even did some more pacing along the road!)
blog by Jim Sutherland