On Saturday I had a grand day out with Alan who is close to finishing the Corbetts. I was delighted to be asked to help him tackle a traverse of this mountain via ‘The Imposter’. Often now overlooked for not being a Munro I have had some memorable days here with friends, as well as on my own with my camera & tent so I leapt at the chance of guiding the Beinn Dearg Traverse.
Alan and I set off from the Corrie carpark with the hope that the could would lift as forecast. Certainly when we reached the watershed and started up the southeastern slopes it looked promising as we were treated to views through to Torridon between Liathach and Beinn Eighe. Unfortunately by the time we reached the ridge and headed to Carn na Feola it was obvious that the cloud was not going to lift.
These cloudy conditions gave the opportunity to look at navigation with GPS and more traditional, map & compass. Three navigation legs took us up and along the ridge to the base of the rocky tower which sits right across the ridge barring the way to the summit. Here Alan and I geared up with helmet, harness and rope to safely and efficiently tackle the blocky chimneys and cracks of ‘The Imposter’. I pointed out to Alan the alternative paths to the north and south; we both agreed that the path to the south looked particularly uninviting.
Once we had climbed and descended this sandstone pinnacle all that remained was a steep walk up the headwall to reach the summit at 914m. Here we met two other folk who had taken the more direct path from the northwestern corner. This was to be our route of descent and here the way is much clearer as it would appear most walkers simply go up and down this way?
As we dropped below the cloud we were treated to classic views out to the ‘Flowerdale Minatures’ and Loch Torridon – it was a fitting end to a grand day in good company on a great hill!
blog by Jim Sutherland, nineonesix-guiding
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