On the last day of April I made a winter traverse of The Black Carls of Beinn Eighe with Jonny. This is one of the classic ‘coffee table book’ outings in Scotland and today lived up to that.
A mid-week visit to Beinn Eighe meant that we had to break trail for the whole day. This only added to the adventure and exploratory feel to the day as the snow showers came in and out, before finally clearing for the Black Carls themselves.
Once again I was amazed at the amount of snow still choking the Torridon Mountains at the end of April. From previous experience I knew that this would make much of the traverse easier with the exception of the final tower. Many of the rock steps had been reduced by almost half their height and a weird snow bridge led to the base of the last section.
With a mixture of moving together, down climbing and pitching Jonny and I made a safe, fun and memorable winter traverse which I hope will now lead him onto other ridges and peaks of the Northwest Highlands such as The Forcan Ridge.
Unless something major happens over the next wee while outings such as this one, Liathach and others mentioned above will be in condition for some time yet. It is not too late to get in touch with nineonesix-guiding to make it happen!
blog by Jim Sutherland