Wild and windy in Torridon

This week, Iain and I were guiding the first of three SYHA Torridon Munros courses that nineonesix-guiding is involved in this year. And what an interesting week it was; winter was hanging on and the wind was pretty relentless! On Sunday we woke to white horses being whipped up on Loch Torridon and the cloud rocketing across the tops of the hills. We quickly realised, for a good day out a lower hill was in order, so headed for the slopes of Beinn Damh. After an exciting exposure to the strong wind and the cobwebs being completely blown away, we quickly retreated and had an ‘off road’ adventure on the lower slopes. Thankfully the winds had dropped enough on Monday for us to enjoy a wonderful day on Beinn Alligin. We had a fantastic traverse of the horns and encountered snow on top of Sgùrr Mòr, enjoyed a sheltered ascent of Tom na Gruagaich, (a rarity this week) and on the summit we were rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding Torridon mountains and beyond. We descended down the good track into Coire nan Laogh and finished our great day with a delicious meal at the Whistle Stop Cafe in Kinlochewe. On Tuesday the strong winds had returned from the east, so we opted for Beinn Eighe. We enjoyed a varied scramble on the ridge above Coire an Laoigh, then took shelter for some lunch before bracing ourselves for a cold and windy ascent of Spidean Coire nan Clach. With increasing winds and deteriorating weather, we made a beeline for the Coire negotiating a short snow patch. We dropped out the strong winds and descended back to the Glen as the heavy rain began. The day was finished off enjoying a few drams, reflecting on our exciting week and plans were already being made for everyone’s next adventures. Well done to Jeannie, Angela, Anne, Franziska, Don, Neil, Chris, Nigel and Llinos for embracing the wild conditions! Blog by Kirsty Chuchla nineonesix-guiding

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