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Liathach

Liathach


Postby Wanderlust » Tue May 19, 2009 8:48 pm

Route description: Liathach, Glen Torridon

Munros included on this walk: Mullach an Rathain (Liathach), Spidean a'Choire Leith (Liathach)

Date walked: 19/05/2009

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I was up in Torridon last week, had a great time there, sensational weather. Spent a few days at the Torridon Youth Hostel, fine hostel, good facilities.

I was keen to get out on the hills, met a fellow walker at the Hostel [hello Norman, from Canada :) ] and after a half-day warm-up walk to Beinn na h-Eaglaise, I decided to tackle mighty Liathach. Road walked up from the hostel to the starting point by the car park and followed the path alongside Allt an Doire Ghairbh, soon gained height on this steep ascent, and in less than 2 hours we were on the ridge. Took a little diversion up to Stuc a' Choire Duib Bhig, from where there was impressive views of Beinn Eighe and we saw an Eagle circle just above our heads before flying away.

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Beinn Eighe

Back along the ridge, and a fine walk up and over two smaller tops to Spidean a' Choire Leith.

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Spidean a Choire Leith

From the summit there was a superb panoramic view, taking in the Torridon hills and over to the Cuillin of Skye, aswell as Beinn Alligin to the west.

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Beinn Alligin

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Looking east along Liathach, from Spidean a Choire Leith

We took the direct line of the ridge over The Pinnacles, and I was glad that it wasn't a windy day, but the rock was grippy and safe.

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The Pinnacles

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The Pinnacles and Spidean a' Choire Leith

After tackling The Pinnacles, it was a straight-forward ridge walk up to Mullach an Rathain, from where we took the rather steep descent to the South (that scree wasn't much fun), and back down to the road and to the Hostel.

A great day out for me, and my friend Norman (it was his first proper mountain walk in Scotland, but he's a natural for it). Liathach certainly is a "must do" for anyone who likes ridge walks.
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Re: Liathach

Postby canisp » Tue May 19, 2009 9:36 pm

A very fine set of photo’s, enjoyed them all :D if i had to choose a best it would be the next to last of the pinnacles, great shot.
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Re: Liathach

Postby bigbertie » Tue May 19, 2009 10:06 pm

Hear hear, brilliant pics - I like Beinn Alligin - contrast is good and the cloud is perfectly positioned - you didn't paste it in did you?
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Re: Liathach

Postby Paul Webster » Tue May 19, 2009 10:14 pm

Fantastic photos of a fantastic hill - great stuff. Glad you got there during such a superb week. My favourite pic is the last one looking back along the ridge. 8)
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Re: Liathach

Postby kinley » Tue May 19, 2009 10:32 pm

Lovely weather - you got the blue skies and great air clarity. 8)

Excellent :D
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Re: Liathach

Postby Wanderlust » Tue May 19, 2009 10:36 pm

Thanks for all of your kind comments about my photos - I was just so lucky to have a nice day for it, I guess.

Here's a link to some more photos from this walk and the rest of my trip

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=77986&id=652012380&l=c2141872c8
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Re: Liathach

Postby kevsbald » Wed May 20, 2009 9:02 am

You lucky bar-steward! Totally jealous, man.
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Re: Liathach

Postby Alan S » Wed May 20, 2009 12:47 pm

great photos of a fantastic area 8) 8)

good report too
it could be a while before im that far up but cant wait all the same :)
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Re: Liathach

Postby Wanderlust » Wed May 20, 2009 10:31 pm

Summit Panorama from Spidean a' Choire Leith [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXY2fJ3LFQk[/youtube]
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Re: Liathach

Postby Paul Webster » Wed May 20, 2009 10:35 pm

That's great - it's good when people add videos. Do a commentary next time too :D 8)
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Re: Liathach

Postby LeithySuburbs » Wed May 20, 2009 10:52 pm

Following on slightly from another forum topic... I've decided that Liathath will be my final (ok, final 2) munros. It is truly the most magnificent individual mountain I have ever seen (and I have done wee bit in the Rockies as well as Scotland). This assumes I can resist the urge to climb it before then :lol:
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Re: Liathach

Postby Wanderlust » Wed May 20, 2009 11:46 pm

Paul Webster wrote:That's great - it's good when people add videos. Do a commentary next time too :D 8)


Thanks, I've tried doing commentaries on my panoramas before, but they usually get drownded out by the prevailing wind!
And the images really do speak for themselves. :)
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Re: Liathach

Postby Myth » Fri May 22, 2009 1:51 pm

Nice report...

I thought I'd done it in my pimply youth - recall being rushed over a big ridgy hill out that way - but thanks to your photos and the video, now pretty sure it wasn't Liathach!

Ah well - there's an unknown hill out there on which, at some stage. I'll go "Oh - hang on - this looks familiar...".
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Re: Liathach

Postby mauhir » Sun May 31, 2009 9:46 pm

Cracking pics and video
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