The weather forecast looked pretty grim for this May’s SYHA Torridon Munros round, with the last of the sunshine disappearing the day before it started. Two of the team, Tam and Andrew, booked an extra day to complete the traverse of An Teallach and were lucky enough to catch the good weather.
Beinn Alligin was the choice for our first mountain, being the shortest day, although still quite a challenge. The weather, as forecast, was pretty miserable with cloud down to 400m and long periods of rain, I don’t think we had a dry toe between us by the end of the day. I, rather unpleasantly, discovered that I needed some new waterproof trousers.
To our surprise the forecast for the following day had changed completely and was, although a bit windier, promising 80% cloud free tops with no rain. There was only one choice of mountain, the dramatic ridge of Liathach. Unfortunately Mary had a slip on the decent from Beinn Alligin and was nursing an injury, she decided to have a day off so she could enjoy the last day which would be Beinn Eighe.
The four of us headed up the steep path from Glen Torridon keeping a slow but steady pace, the temperature was lower than yesterday but the dry conditions felt very pleasant and we were soon making our way along the ridge towards our first Munro of the day. Quick bite to eat then on to the pinnacles where everyone enjoyed the thrill of exposed scrambling with the security of the rope. All too soon it was over and we packed away the rope and made our way up to Mullach an Rathain, our final Munro of the day. The initial descent form Mullach an Rathain is not everybody’s favourite, very loose and steep, but we slowly made our way off the mountain very satisfied with our day.
We now only had Beinn Eighe left to conquer on our final day. This time only three of the five took up the challenge. Mary thankfully had recovered from her injury on Alligin but Tam and Andrew having already added An Teallach to this trip felt that they had had enough and would like to savour Beinn Eighe with fresh legs at some future date. The weather once again did not look as bad as was forecast as we headed up the path towards Coire Mhic Fhearchair. This Coire never fails to impress, it is possibly one of my favourite places in Torridon. We stopped for a while to soak up the atmosphere then we continued on to the stiff climb up the loose gully at the head of the Coire, and on to Ruadh-Stac Mor, the first Munro of the day. The view were fantastic, ever changing and atmospheric, as cloud came and went from the high summits , the odd shower of rain but never enough to detract from what was an outstanding day. The traverse of the ridge was equally stunning with fantastic views of Liathach and Beinn Alligin, which everyone thought it was nice to see, as they couldn’t see it when they were on it. A weary descent on tired legs saw us safely back to the road side. Well done to Tam Andrew Alistair Mary and Iain.
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