an exciting new development for Shieldaig…

One of my friends in the village has started an exciting new venture – Torridon Sea Tours is a locally run family business.

Their aim is to make your boat trip onboard the Seaflower a unique experience – I have no doubt they will!

Perhaps we can arrange a charter for some rock climbing around Loch Torridon with nineonesix…

Visit www.torridonseatours.com to find out more.

The Seaflower
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Winter traverse of ‘The Black Carls’, Beinn Eighe, Torridon with nineonesix.

Benni & Anna high on the Beinn Eighe ridge.

Today we could not have asked for better weather.  The cloud slowly cleared to reveal a perfect, untouched snow ridge up to the classic winter traverse of ‘The Black Carls’, Beinn Eighe.  Benni & Anna rose well to the challenge of negotiating some spectacular terrain on this, their first ‘winter’ outing in Torridon with nineonesix.  Check out the nineonesix gallery for more photos from today.  This should be the end of winter guiding for now, but who knows…

climbing up past the final tower

Visit the nineonesix site to find out more about Torridon Munros, Skye and our new, exciting range of rock climbing courses.

Anna enjoying the Easter conditions in Torridon.

navigation

map and compass practice with Mick at Badrallach

Today Benni and I were to do a traverse of An Teallach, but atrocious
weather conditions decided against it. Instead Benni and Anna decided
they would like to do some navigation practice.We ended up having a
great day and covered all the techniques to help safely tramp the hills
and they still had time for a low level coastal walk in the afternoon.
Thanks guys.
Mick, nineonesix leader.

www.nineonesix.co.uk

SYHA Torridon Winter Skills 20th & 21st of March.

approaching Spidean Coire nan Clach

Today we stayed in Torridon as it was forecast to get a bit colder overnight.  This was the case and our ascent of the corrie headwall to reach Spidean Coire nan Clach required the full repertoire of skills learned yesterday.  Because we used a small ratio of 1:3 the group all had the opportunity to consolidate their new skills and look at other techniques they each may require in the future.   Well done to everyone!

Watch out for the SYHA Torridon Munros courses for 2010.  This will be our third season offering these very popular courses delivered by our summer Mountain Leaders or Moutaineering Instructors.  This is a five day course which builds in an extra day to allow for poor weather, a rest(!) or some rock climbing or navigation.

www.syha.org.uk

nineonesix – guided walks and scrambles.

Look it’s clearing!

Wow - look at that!

The conditions looked better in The Cairngorms today to our second SYHA Torridon Winter Skills kicked off in The Northern Corries.  Victoria, David and Chris went into Coire an t-Sneachda to practice self-arrest and look at route choice.  We then headed up to Windy Col where we were treated to a spectacular clearing of the clouds.  Down into Coire Cas to end the day with building snow belays and more self-arrest this time with packs on.

Check out the nineonesix gallery for more photos.

For private guiding visit nineonesix.

SYHA Torridon Winter Skills 6th and 7th of March.

walking out after another great day in Torridon

The second day of the SYHA Torridon Winter Skills ended with the classic winter traverse of Beinn Alligin.  We found good crunchy snow as soon as the first horn was reached, from then on my group travelled very well over the exposed sections on the other two horns.  Determination and good spirit was shown as we reached Sgurr Mhor and headed into the clag for Tom na Gruagiach.  On the descent of the corrie the visibility improved enough to allow a good glissade of around 300-400m.

More pictures and movies on the nineonesix gallery.

There are still spaces on the SYHA Torridon Winter Skills on March 20/21 and on the extra April 10/11 course.

For private guiding for the rest of this great winter, spring and summer please visit the nineonesix site to get booked up.

Clients are treated as individuals and we listen to what you want to achieve in the mountains, on the crag or on the trail.