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Postby Vick1 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:38 pm

Route description: Liathach, Glen Torridon

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

Date walked: 02/06/2011

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 10 km

Ascent: 1100m

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My first ever walk report so bear with me :)

After a few visits to Torridon I finally got round to doing the BIG one and myself and a few friends certainly picked a canny day for it. The day before we had stopped in Inverness and driving to the SYHA that evening Liathach as always provided us with a glimpse of its stunning beauty and sheer size

We headed off from the SYHA and parked up at the layby near the Glen Cottage. Liathach itself was covered in a light mist which could be seen moving slowly over the tops and the weather forecast hinted that this would clear eventually. The views into GlenTorridon on the way up were stunning however we still couldnt see the tops

After a while the clouds lifted and we reached the ridge and we were greeted by a view I hadnt expected
1st view

I decided not to climb the eastern peak and after a short break moved on and focused on the first munro top turning back only to take pics of the stunning views behind
Looking back

The climb up to the first munro was steady and easy going compared to the climb up to the ridge and very shortly we arrived at the top and for a change there were plenty of seats available :D

As always I grabbed my camera again and took a few pics of the fabulous views all round before my lunch
Beinn Eighe

In front of us now were the infamous Am Fasarinen pinnacles but a tricky descent over a boulder field was the first task after lunch

After the descent I set about finding an easy route over the pinnacles to take even more photos
The many pinnacles provided my fellow walkers with much entertainment and if anyone has any worries about them there are bypass routes everywhere but I would say that the much lower bypass route wasnt for me :o
an easy route

After the pinnacles a nice easy stroll up to the last munro
the slog up to the last munro

More pics from the last munro
the northern pinnacles
looking back
the tiny beinn Alligin

Last but not least was another tricky descent over some scree which needed a bit care :)
the path down
scree slope

On the lower slopes there was plenty of encouraging green bits in amongst the burnt vegetation which will probably recover in no time
new grass appearing

The short walk along the road back to the SYHA provided more evidence of the fires the month before
a burnt passing place sign
the burnt bus shelter
Last edited by Vick1 on Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:19 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Liathach

Postby Bod » Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:48 pm

Thank you, enjoyed your report. Hoping to follow you steps in July and enjoy exploring Liathach :D
Great photo of Beinn Eighe!
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Re: Liathach

Postby HighlandSC » Sat Jun 11, 2011 2:23 pm

Great report! Good collection of pics covering the whole mountain. Can't wait to do this one :D
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Re: Liathach

Postby skuk007 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:43 pm

Great first report Vick1, picked a biggee for it. :)
Hoping to do this in August, here's hoping we get the same weather as yourself.
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Re: Liathach

Postby Stretch » Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:49 pm

Can't beat that for a first report, thanks for posting!
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Re: Liathach

Postby rocket-ron » Sat Jun 11, 2011 5:11 pm

well done we are plannig headed there this week
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Re: Liathach

Postby Alastair S » Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:53 pm

Wow, great first report and some of the best photos of this awesome hill. :clap: :clap:
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Re: Liathach

Postby stomper » Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:10 pm

yep good rerport if i had to choose wich munro to do again and again it would be Liathach as its my favourite 1 to do as from what you can see the views are awesome
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Re: Liathach

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:30 pm

Thanks for that really enjoyed it. I'm heading to Torridon in July with the hope of doing Liatach
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Re: Liathach

Postby Vick1 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:37 pm

thanks everyone and I posted another one now ( getting the hang of it )

I only get to Scotland 3 or 4 times a year so make the most of my posts but I may post a few old ones if I get time :)
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Re: Liathach

Postby Gable Gable End » Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:06 pm

some terrific photos there. Good to hear that the regeneration is underway too :)
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Re: Liathach

Postby LeithySuburbs » Sun Jun 12, 2011 7:30 pm

No surprise to see the re-growth but good to see it anyway. Anyway, great clarity in your pictures and a fab 1st report :) .
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