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Beinn Eighe

Beinn Eighe

Postby Lackadaisy » Sun Sep 25, 2011 2:10 am

Route description: Beinn Eighe (western summits)

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

Date walked: 15/09/2011

Time taken: 9 hours

Distance: 18.5 km

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It took me 9 hours to do this walk. Not because I’m a slow walker but because the views were so stunning I had to stop every 3 minutes to take yet another photograph! In a week of utterly miserable weather, this was the one glorious day of sunshine.
I parked at the busy Coire Mhic Fhearchair carpark and walked along the road to the start of the walk at Coire an Laoigh. The path up to the ridge was steep, but nowhere near as daunting as it had looked from the road.
By the time I reached the cairn between Stuc Coire an Laoigh and Beinn Eighe I was all out of puff and stopped to catch my breath and take a few hundred photos of the stunning view of Liathach that just appeared.
After a cup of coffee (I won’t go anywhere without coffee!) I continued up to the ridge and on to Spidean Coire nan Clach. The views all around were absolutely stunning. Back down and a fantastic walk along the ridge to Coinneach Mhor.
Spidean Coire nan Clach
Walking along the ridge.
Just don't look down!

After a lunch break and a zillion more photos it was down and along to Ruadh-Stac Mhor.

Lunch spot!
Ruadh-Stac Mhor
Beinn Eighe
By this point all the other folk on the hill had passed by and I had the whole place to myself. I was enjoying the sunshine, the solitude and the views far too much to leave but eventually I headed back down to the bealach and the scree chute. I don’t like scree – I much prefer the ground to stay where it is when I’m walking on it, thank you! However, by staying as far over on the right hand side as possible I managed to avoid most of it. The Triple Buttresses looked very impressive particularly from the far side of the lochan where they were reflected in the still water.
Triple Buttresses
Coire Mhic Fhearchair
Lochan Coire Mhic Fhearchair
It was now quite late in the day so from this point on I pretty much just hauled ass on out of there, although I couldn’t resist stopping for more photos along the way!
Light reflecting off the water
The sun was just setting by the time I got back to the car park and at this point I was now very glad I’d decided to park here and didn’t have a 2km walk along the road after such a long walk out!
All in all, a fantastic day out, I can’t wait to come back and try Liathach! :D
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby Yipyipcoyote » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:23 am

Great report and amazing pictures of surely one of the most dramatic areas on the planet. Well done.
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby Johnny Corbett » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:57 am

Wonderfull!Stunning photos of a beautiful area. I did Spidean in the clag,saw nothing but still enjoyed. Did Liathach on a similar day to what you got though.
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby ChrisW » Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:06 am

Great report and some stunning photo's of a beautiful location, no wonder it took 9 hours - would have taken me 10 I reckon :lol:
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby soulminer » Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:51 am

Enjoyable read, well peppered with fine images. Loved the Buttress reflection :)
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby lomondwalkers » Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:04 am

Wow stunning! Also love the Buttress reflections shot. What a way to enter your 1st post 8)
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby Lackadaisy » Sun Sep 25, 2011 5:34 pm

Wow, thanks for the kind comments everyone! I was a bit nervous about putting up my first post! :lol:
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby kev_russ » Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:18 pm

stunning :)
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby trickeyja » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:01 pm

Amazing pictures - I'm definitely going to have to revisit the Torridon area sometime soon!!
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby mamoset » Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:11 pm

Impressive pics of an impressive place :thumbup:

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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby rocket-ron » Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:58 pm

stunning photos torridon 1 of my fav places
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby Graeme D » Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:57 pm

Trouble with this site now is that things go off the radar so quickly. To read, appreciate and comment on all the great reports on here would be a round the clock job. I would have to resign from my job, get divorced and live in a cupboard chained to my computer.

I missed this until Gareth and the guys at Webtogs had the good sense to name it as walk of the month for September, putting it firmly back on the radar.

Living in Scotland can be grim sometimes - going to work in November in the pouring rain and pitch dark. Coming home from work in January in the pouring rain and pitch dark. Landscape like this is the other side of the coin! This is what makes Scotland one of the most fantastic little countries in the world!

Cheers and well done! :clap:
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby frizzo » Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:39 pm

That Thursday was fantastic. I was lucky enough to be on Beinn Dearg near Ullapool that day and also had a marvellous nine hour day on the four munro round.
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby kevsbald » Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:14 pm

Stupendous! Enjoy your vouchers man.
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Re: Beinn Eighe

Postby Jock McJock » Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:22 pm

Love the pics!. Think I would have to be dragged out of there, what a beautiful place :D
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