This weekend saw the first of this years Torridon Munros courses, run with the SYHA hostel here in Torridon. Experienced munro baggers, Neil and Dave were joined by Scottish first-timer Jo to spend three days in the hills with Ian.
The weather was set to make life difficult with strong winds and heavy wintry showers on top of the recent snowy week that means that it doesn’t look much like spring on the hills. As always timing is everything and we were lucky enough that the worst of the weather came through overnight each day, giving some spectacular breaks that allowed us to summit 5 munros over the three days.
On Sunday we climbed up through the snow in Coire an Laoigh to the summit of Spidean Coire nan Clach on Beinn Eighe, and then were treated to amazing views as we traversed the ridge to the northern munro Ruadh-stach-mor. The descent gully into Core Mhic Fhearchair is still mostly complete with snow, so we picked our way carefully down and then worked our way back round to the road after a big day.
Monday was a test of commitment, with the weather trying to put us off leaving the hostel at all. After a brief wait the torrent passed and we set off up Beinn Alligin. Before the first summit the weather again tried to put us off, but our commitment was rewarded by clearing skies as we traversed to Sgurr Mhor and down and over the Horns to complete another successful round.
Tuesday was again forecast for strong winds and more snow had arrived overnight, the Liathach traverse would have to wait. Instead we opted for less technical terrain with a round of Beinn Liath Mhor. Dealing with some fairly unpleasant hail showers and battling against a constant 30mph wind on the summit was no deterrent for our determined team, munro number 5 in the bag for the week, well done guys!