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Beinn Eighe

Beinn Eighe


Postby Wanderlust » Thu May 21, 2009 12:46 pm

Route description: Beinn Eighe (western summits)

Munros included on this walk: Ruadh-stac Mor (Beinn Eighe), Spidean Coire nan Clach (Beinn Eighe)

Date walked: 21/05/2009

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This one is about the third and last of my big days out in Torridon, and with the weather conditions being as they were, then another great ridge walk was the order of the day.

I was kindly offered a lift to the car park for the start of the track into Coire Dubh Mor, a fine path which gradually gained height and I was helped along by a strong tail-wind. After around 2 hours I was up into Coire Mhic Fhearchair, passing an impressive waterfall on the way up. Followed the path around the eastern shore of the Lochan and aimed for the ridge inbetween the Triple Buttress and Sail Mhor, it wasn't too steep an ascent on mostly grassy slopes, on the way up I spotted part of the wreckage of that Lancaster Bomber that crashed here years ago.

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Triple Buttress

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Coire Mhic Fhearchair

From the ridge itself it was only a short hike up to Sail Mhor crossing over some large slabs and rocks and fighting a fierce easterly wind that almost blew me away! Had great views of the North side of Liathach from Sail Mhor

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Liathach (Western end), from Sail Mhor

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Liathach (Eastern end), from Sail Mhor

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Beinn Dearg and Beinn Alligin, from Sail Mhor

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Coinneach Mhor and Triple Buttress, from Sail Mhor

Back along the ridge and to get up to Coinneach Mhor involved a bit of a scramble, but it was nowhere near as difficult as it looked from lower down, plenty of good hand in footholds on the rock.

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Rock face of Coinneach Mhor

From the plateau of Coinneach Mhor, I had a good view of the ridge ahead, so I headed along to Ruadh-Stac Mhor, a bit of a detour from the main ridge but worth the effort to reach the summit and I was rewarded with fine views of the Coinneach Mhor cliffs and Triple Buttress.

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Looking east on Beinn Eighe, from Coinneach Mhor

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Ruadh-Stac Mhor

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Coinneach Mhor and Triple Buttress from Ruadh-Stac Mhor

Back to the ridge it was a good ridge walk along to Spidean Coire nan Clach over 2 smaller peaks along the way. Would've liked to continued the walk along the ridge but time was getting on, so I decided to make my descent on the path into Coire an Laoigh. In hindsight I wish I'd carried on along and completed the whole traverse of the ridge, but I was a bit concerned about getting back. As it turned out, about a minute after I'd reached the road a car stopped and gave me a lift all the way back to the Hostel

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Looking West on Beinn Eighe, from Spidean Coire nan Clach

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Looking East on Beinn Eighe, from Spidean Coire nan Clach

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Sgurr Ban and Sgurr nan Fhir Duibhe

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on the decscent from Spidean nan Coire Clach

This was quite a long day, very satisfying, although i need to go back there and finish off that bit of the ridge at the Eastern end!
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby Wanderlust » Thu May 21, 2009 12:58 pm

A couple of video clips...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMxwDFhoXPU[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQpUWpk0x9A[/youtube]
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby Paul Webster » Thu May 21, 2009 6:43 pm

You only went and climbed all the big three, didn't you!!!

I shouldn't worry about not having done the eastern end of the ridge - that's another walk in itself. With scrambling on the Black Carls I beleive.
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby kinley » Thu May 21, 2009 7:09 pm

Good weather on Torridon's big 3 - lucky you :D

The good news is - the Corbetts are at least as good - so be sure to book your return

P.S. give us a head's up when you're planning it - always good to follow the sun magnets :lol:
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby Wanderlust » Thu May 21, 2009 7:11 pm

Yep, I had 3 full days in Torridon, and I completed the 3 big ones. Still can't believe my good luck with the weather - in fact it only began to change on Friday morning, when I was leaving the hostel. Spent the rest of Friday and Saturday morning at Achnasheen, but the conditions were not good.

Well anyway, I can look back with great fondness of a fantastic few days in Torridon.

Here's to the next time :)
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby maddjock » Thu May 21, 2009 11:43 pm

Nice reports and great pics too. Torridon is a beautiful place.
You had amazing weather for these days. I was working all last week and finished on the friday morning for a week off. I was watching the weather all week really hoping it would last. First thing friday morning, as I finish work, it starts raining. :(
ahh well....
videos are a good touch..
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby yokehead » Sun May 31, 2009 6:15 pm

Hi Wanderlust, I've only just now got to look at reports posted over the past few days. What amazing weather you had for the whole of your 3 Torridon days! :) I have to say that your photos are about the best I've seen on this site. 8) 8) OK, the weather helps but you've managed to capture the atmosphere of the place and the majesty of these mountains. The way the shadows highlight the rock strata and the colours you've been able to display are superb. Well done on achieving all 3 (you lucky dog! :) ) and thanks again for the photos. :D

Many years ago I climbed Liathach, I was touring the area with a mate in October I think it was (not planned as a mountain walking trip). We parked about halfway along and climbed straight up to the ridge. It was very windy and we lay on the edge looking over to the drop below, with the clouds being blasted just over our heads, amazing. We only walked a short way along the ridge before decending by a different route so I can't count any Munros climbed. I'll look forward to going back.
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby kevsbald » Sun May 31, 2009 6:58 pm

Enjoy your Tiso vouchers - this report is the canine kahunas.
There's as much chance as you not winning the vouchers as Nadal not winning the French Open for a 5th time. Oh wait a minute.... :lol:
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