Frank really did score with the weather when he decided to visit Torridon last week for some walking. This culminated on Franks last day with the traverse of Beinn Alligin with nineonesix-guiding.
Frank and I met in Torridon at 9am, we booted up in the warm breeze so as to spend minimal time in the Beinn Alligin carpark, thus depriving the midges of their morning feed.
We made good time up the path, past the two bridges and on to the small cairn that marks the junction of the route to the Horns of Alligin. Some scrambling on the initial ascent got us warmed up and gave a flavour of what was still to come.
Soon we were on top of the first Horn which has quite a tricky descent. With the security of a top rope Frank was soon down, surprised that it was over so quickly.
The second horn has some nice short sections of pleasant scrambling near the top which we made short work of and with an easy descent we were soon on top of the final Horn.
The cloud started to thicken as we reached the summit of Sgurr Mor, the first of Alligin’s Munros . The MWIS forecast had predicted fine weather south of Torridon, we were right on the edge of the change. To our south the skye Cuillin could be seen pin sharp, bathed in sunshine, rising out of the sea. To the North An Teallach was shrouded in mist and black with thick cloud overhead.
By the time we reached the summit of Tom na Gruagaich the cloud had decended onto Sgurr Mor. We had only a few minutes to savour the fantastic western seascape before we too were enveloped in thick mist which stayed with us for a good 300m of the descent but the sunshine returned to make the last walk to the carpark very pleasant.
Thanks for your company last Friday Frank, hope to see you again soon.
blog by Dunc Maclennan, nineonesix-guiding