A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of guiding John, Norma and Alan on the 6-day #SYHAdventure Torridon Munros activity holiday. It was a week of very mixed weather, but this didn’t deter a very capable and enthusiastic group.
After some introductions on the Saturday evening, we were greeted with dry, calm and sunny conditions on the Sunday, a great start to the week. We started with a warm up scramble on Beinn Eighe and were rewarded with stunning views all day. We managed both Munros and descended into the spectacular Coire Mhic Fhearchair to follow the great stalkers path back to the car park, with some rain and a few midges thrown in for good measure.
The next day started glorious as we headed for the Horns of Alligin. Only once we began scrambling did the cloud dramatically roll in followed by the rain. This didn’t deter Alan, Norma and John as we moved well over the ground completing the Horns and both Munros. The beauty of grippy Torridonian sandstone!
Our next day was the wettest of the week, driving rain and wind with very little visibility. We took a direct route up Maol Chean-dearg, a quick bite to eat at the summit cairn before we got too cold, then some good navigation back down to the bealach. Lots of glacial features on the return journey that Alan was happy to talk to us about, his daughter (a glaciologist) would be proud.
Wednesday was a well deserved rest day for all, before we tackled Liathach. The winds were nice and light with some cloud coming and going over the tops. Today we were joined on the hill with Jim and his two clients, Debbie and Helen. Amazing to watch them climb the hill in front of us picking a way through what always looks like impossible terrain. On the contrary, the ridge proved no difficulty for both teams. My guys seemed to fly along and it all felt very smooth. Only once we started to descend, did we drop out the cloud and were rewarded with beautiful sunshine and finally a view of the amazing terrain we had just crossed. We finished the day with tea and delicious cake at the Torridon Stores Café, always a delight.
My week with the team had to unfortunately be cut short. But on Friday they finished all the Torridon Munros by ascending Slioch with Rich.
For me these weeks are not just about being in the hills, you also share a love of the mountains and hear about others adventures. Lots of great stories were told throughout the week. Amongst other things John’s journey on the Appalachian trail, Alan’s exploits in the Alps and Norma’s adventures on the West Highland way.
A wonderful week spent with lovely companions and the weather didn’t matter. Well done everyone!
blog by Kirsty Chuchla, nineonesix-guiding