SYHAs May Torridon Munros trip kicked off with a briefing to the group on Friday evening. The weather that week had been extremely wintery with winds of 90mph over the summits, so everyone was very relieved to hear that the forecast for the next two days was very promising; with tops clear, little wind and a good amount of sunshine. The group consisted of four friends: Tim, Anita, Roy and Stephen. David, the fifth member of the group had booked separately. He was a bit of a dark horse and proved himself to be an exceptional person, completing all three days at the age of 78.
Day one was Beinn Alligin; this gave everyone a chance to hone their scrambling skills before attempting the pinnacled ridge of Liathach. The sun shone as we scrambled our way up the path to the start of the Horns of Alligin. The group found the scramble across the Horns well within their capabilities and well established skills were clearly evident as the group progressed across the ridge particularly from David who said he had climbed in the days of hemp ropes tied round the waist and hob nail boots. With the horns behind us we wasted no time in claiming both Munros and were back at the vehicles in a time of just over 7hrs.
Day two took us to Liathach. Disappointingly the summit was in cloud, however this was forecast to clear later in the day and as predicted, it did. A couple of hours took us onto the main ridge for the stunning high level walk towards Spidean Choire Leith, the first Munro of the day. From here we could see yesterdays mountain and the next stage of our journey, the infamous Am Fasarinen pinnacles. The group appreciated the route chosen over the pinnacles which provided excitement without fear. Within no time we were on the summit of Mullach an Rathain blessed with stunning views to the surrounding landscapes.
The forecast for day three was not so encouraging, with some low cloud and 70mph winds predicted for the morning. With this in mind we decided to do an anticlockwise circuit of Beinn Eighe. This let us complete the long walk at low level into Coire Mhic Fhearchair avoiding the high summit winds. Everyone was overwhelmed by the view into the triple buttress, as our journey continued through the Coire and on to the summit of Ruadh-stac Mor. All that was left to do now was complete the high level ridge walk to our sixth Munro Spidean Nan Coire nan Clach which everyone managed with ease despite the obvious tired legs that they must have had.
We arrived back at the road with everyone feeling absolutely delighted at having completed this epic three mountain days in some of the most dramatic landscapes in the UK. Click here to see more photos
Many thanks to everyone for making my job so easy during this extremely enjoyable three days.