blog of hillwalking in the Scottish hills and mountains from a Munro bagger.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Weekend was great with 5 Munros bagged.

Friday three of us did the circuit of Coire Lair above Achnashellach station. The long ridge of Beinn Liath Mhor has some amazing views over Torridon to the north and West and out to Skye. There are excellent paths most of the way that disappear between Beinn Liath Mhor ans the second Munro of the route, Sgorr Ruadh.

Sunday the weather was not so good with frequent heavu showers. Setting off from Glen Torridon I headed up round the West of Sail Mhor, the most westerly top of Beinn Eighe, heading into the magnificent Coire Mhic Fhearchair. Triple buttress dominates this atmospheric corrie. As you go around the Loch and climb towards the south east corner of the corrie parts of an aircraft, a Lancaster that crashed here in 1951 can be seen. A series of smaller lochans and waterfalls make the ascent very pleasant until the scree slope is reached.

Its a pleasant walk from the top of the scree slope to the summit Ruadh-stac Mhor the highest Munro of Beinn Eighe and views over Flowerdale forrest. From here I doubled back to reach the main ridge and on to Spidean Coire nan Calch (the other Munro on this mountain) and down scree and heather slopes to the south and back to the carpark. I would have liked to spend more time exploring the tops and ridges but the weather was getting worse and I was already very wet.

Monday I climbed Fionn Bheinn at Achnasheen on the way home. This is a very rounded hill out of place in the rugged mountains of the area. Still a nice river with a small gorge on the way up. Then peat bogs! Although the final slopes are grassy and pleasant and ther are good views from this Munro to Torridon and beyond.

Munro bagging total is 221.

Monday, October 04, 2004

5 Torridon Munros bagged, Munro bagging total is 221 - will post the details over this week.

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