Morrison’s Gully I** on Sail Mhor, Beinn Eighe.

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Return clients Shirley and Chris wanted to do a route on Beinn Eighe. We chose the 300m gully which cuts right up to the summit of Sail Mhor, one of the Munro Tops on Beinn Eighe. The conditions in the gully were superb and the views out across to Loch Maree and beyond were fantastic.

We say a parapenter fly between Liathach and Beinn Eighe on the way down. Hardly surprising given the alpine conditions we are experiencing in Wester Ross right now. About the only thing you can’t do is white-water rafting…

blog by Jim Sutherland

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2 thoughts on “Morrison’s Gully I** on Sail Mhor, Beinn Eighe.

  1. Shirley and I experienced one of our most fantastic days in the Scottish mountains on Beinn Eighe. We had a feeling it was going to be a memorable day when we awoke to clear blue skies and we were not to be disappointed. Having met our guide Jim for the first time the three of us set off early for the long walk around the base of Morrison’s gully on the north face of the mountain. The scenery on the walk-in was amazing, especially of nearby Liathach with it’s impressive ridges lined with snow and ice. Possibly one for another day!
    After a brief brunch stop it was not long before we arrived at the foot of the gully.’ We’re not going up that are we!’ exclaimed Shirley. ‘Oh yes’ replied Jim, with a devilish grin. So on went the crampons, out came the ice axes and soon Jim was leading a running belay up the 1000 foot gully. It was tough physical work in the deep snow but the rewards were worth the effort; the views back to Loch Maree in the distant were unbelievable but what struck me was the silence inside the chasm. When Joe Simpson spoke of the ‘The Beckoning Silence’ this must surely closely match what he had in mind.
    Over two hours later we had made our way on to the summit of Sail Mhor with spectacular views across countless snow peaked Scottish mountains, including the distant Cuillins on Skye. Another impressive plus point for climbing gullies is that the summit views are kept closely hidden until revealed as a prize at the end of the climb.
    If we thought the excitement was over there was plenty more left in the day. By the end all three of us were ready for some food and beer and a chance to recollect on a day that will live long in the memory.

    Chris Rainey

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