The weather was pretty kind for this springs Hostelling Scotland Torridon Munro’s. Ian, Eileen, Claire and Steve joined me on Sunday morning for what looked like being a very beautiful day in the mountains.
Our first objective was Beinn Alligin. This would give the group a chance to experience some scrambling and build on their skill before attempting Liathach the following day.
The views across to Gairloch were stunning as we made our way across the horns and onwards to the summit of our first Munro, Everyone made light work of the scrambling which boded well for tomorrows attempt on Liathach. We stopped briefly on the summit of Sgurr Mor as although it was sunny the air was quite cold. We took in the stunning seaward views out to Skye and back to the Horns where we had just been.
Another hour and we had reached Tom na Gruagaich and soon we were on the path down Coire nan Laogh where we passed a lonely soul with what looked like a very heavy pack, turned out to be a paraglider on his way to jump off the summit!
Day two and we are heading up the east end of Liathach. The path is steep and relentless here but eventually we gained the main ridge. Once again we were blessed with a fine day and even finer views. We stopped for a bite to eat on the summit of Spidean a Choire Leith and looked down to the Am Fasarinen pinnacles, the next challenge of the day. All being experienced scramblers the group had no difficulties traversing the pinnacles and we were soon on our way to Mullach an Rathain, today’s final Munro. The path down is very loose so we were slow for the first couple of hundred metres, however with improving conditions underfoot lower down we speeded up and were back at the roadside in no time at all.
Our last day’s objective was the traverse of Beinn Eighe. Unfortunatly the weather for today was not the best forecasting rainfall and substantial winds at 900m. We headed round into Coire Mhic Fhearchair and found that even at 600m it was quite windy and now raining steadily. The mist was down to about 750m obscuring the stone chute. I did have slight concerns that it may be full of snow but on reaching it we found it to be clear. The wind strengthened substantially as we exited the chute and we were now in thick mist. This was a day for just getting the Munros done, no views to enjoy today.
The wind was steady all day but became increasing strong on the scramble out to Spidean Coire nan Clach making this section feel particularly exposed. By the time we reached the road the tops had cleared with the improving weather, unfortunately the mountain was not prepared to share it views with us today.
Thanks to Ian, Eileen, Claire and Steve for three great days.
blog by Dunc Maclennan of nineonesix-guiding
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