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Torridon

10-12 October 2016
An extended weekend hiking along ridges and crests of the Torridon Giants. Emma, Steven and John were the group leaders in fine autumn conditions conditions. Here's Emma's tale of the days ...

On the Horns of Alligin A beautiful October morning greeted us as we arrived in Torridon for our first day on Beinn Alligin. The climb up to the first Munro, Tom na Gruagaich was steep and warm and we were rewarded with incredible views at the summit. Following the ridge round to Sgurr Mor gave us our first taste of some easy scrambling moves and we took a small detour to stand above the top of the Eag Dubh, or Black Cleft. As we walked we enjoyed listening to red deer roaring in the glen far below.

After lunch on the summit we tackled the Horns of Alligin, with lots of opportunities for some scrambling coaching as we wound our way over all of the horns. We spent time on the ridge before starting the long, steep descent into Coire Mhic Nobuil spurred on by the thought of tea, cake and ice cream in the village at the end of the walk.

Beinn Eighe Another sunny day dawned for Beinn Eighe though the easterly wind had strengthened overnight and the wind chill was significant. The walk into Coire Mhic Fhearchair is one of the finest in Scotland, dominated by views to Liathach, Beinn Dearg and later Baosbheinn and Beinn an Eoin.

There wasn't much shelter at the loch so after a short stop we continued on heading past the plane wreckage and up the quartzite gully to gain the ridge. There were some stags roaring very close to us on the steep climb. We walked out to Ruadh Stac Mor before lunch at the col and then some of the group detoured to the top Coinneach Mhor, directly above the Triple Buttress. The views were fantastic along the entire ridge, and we lingered on the second Munro, Spidean Coire nan Clach before descending back to the glen.

On Liathach There was some cloud covering the mountains as we headed east up the glen towards Liathach though we were sure it would clear as the day progressed. The climb to gain the ridge is always tough, especially with 2 big days in our legs, and the easterly wind was brisk on the saddle. The rock type changes from Torridonian Sandstone to Cambrian Quartzite as the ridge climbs to Spidean a' Choire Leith, and the large and numerous angular blocks make for entertaining walking.

A short stop for lunch on the summit before the mist cleared was followed by a loose descent towards the pinnacles. We enjoyed some scrambling across the pinnacles, taking in the highest Am Fasarinen, before the final pull up to Mullach an Rathain. The view at the summit looking down the head of Loch Torridon was unforgettable, and made for a fitting end to 3 of the finest mountaineering days of the year.

More photos by Emma, Steven and some people in the group are here on Flickr.



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