Our blog - Torridon Giants, 19-21 May'18

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Torridon Giants

19-21 May 2018
Three days of guided hiking and scrambling on the Munros in Torridon, including Beinn Alligin, Beinn Eighe and Liathach. David Buckett and Olly Stephenson were leading....

Day 1 - Beinn Alligin

There were 9 folk in our strong group today and we set off the most westerly of the famous Torridon rounds, Beinn Alligin in blustery and somewhat chilly weather. Up the first Munro of Tom na Gruagaich, there were commanding views from the summit, we could see the other Munros of days to come, as well as the horns of Alligin.

With a very cold wind we pushed on, around the spectacular corrie rim to peer down the abyss of Eag Dubh and the easy final pull up to Sgurr Mhor. It felt more like winter than summer with the temperatures but the weather was still dry, even.

It felt like it wanted to rain but it never got that wet as we wound our way up and over the famous Horns of Alligin. Everyone made good easy progress over the small rocky steps on the Horns and gained confidence for the next days. Steeply down to the easy path back through Coire Mhic Nobul and to the car-park at a refreshingly early hour, a brief shower on the way down reminded us we were in Scotland !

Day 2 - Beinn Eighe

Our initial plan was to do the route clockwise, but we decided to reverse the route and head up the steeper slopes first. The steep and fairly unforgiving path heads straight up Spidean Coire nan Clach. The path pops out at a trig point but the true summit lies a few hundred metres beyond and I can imagine many Munroists missing this in misty conditions. A few scrambling steps are needed to gain the real summit. The wind today was very strong going round the ridge and we are glad of the few sheltered aspects.

A busier hill today with other people walking and spectacular views to Liathach and in all directions. The walk around the rim of Coire Ruadh-stac was phenomenal and we could see clearly to Loch Maree and beyond. Lunch at the top of the descent gully before the summit of Ruadh-stac Mor. Here saw everyone pinned to the ground with the 60mph+ winds, the strongest I've had in summer in the hills. At least everyone got a closer look at the geology ! We returned to the car park feeling well exercised.

Day 3 - Liathach

Our final day in Torridon was the grand finale on Liathach. Our group was much smaller today - 5 folk setting off to do the two Munros in a westerly direction, ascending Spidean a Choire Leith first. The cloud base was at about 800m and initially we weren't sure if we would get beyond the first Munro given the strong winds being forecast, but once up on the ridge the weather turned out to be relatively benign, albeit enveloped in a damp cloud virtually all the way, with occasional glimpses through gaps in the cloud all the way back down to the road which looked like a steep and very long way away.

The pinnacles provided some easy and enjoyable scrambling, the team did well taking a few of the pinnacles direct and by-passing a few due to the strengthening wind. Before long we were on our second Munro of the day Mullach an Rathain. We dropped off into the shelter of the corrie before having some food and then settling into the walk out.

Overall a wonderful three days in some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery with an absolutely lovely group of people. Who could ask for more?

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