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Echoes of fire, water and a visionary - Liathach's west end

Echoes of fire, water and a visionary - Liathach's west end


by Torridon_snails » Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:46 pm

Munros included on this walk: Mullach an Rathain (Liathach)

Date walked: 13/07/2011

Time taken: 12.5 hours

Distance: 17 km

Ascent: 1200m

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Re: Echoes of fire, water and a visionary - Liathach's west

Postby mrssanta » Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:56 pm

brilliant report, fantastic pics, and explanations of everything in the pics makes it so interesting.
I particularly like the picture early on with the little foxglove in the foreground looking across the loch to Beinn Damph.
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Re: Echoes of fire, water and a visionary - Liathach's west

Postby Lackadaisy » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:27 pm

Great report and fantastic photos.. I particularly like the butterflies! :D
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Re: Echoes of fire, water and a visionary - Liathach's west

Postby dogplodder » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:43 pm

Brilliant and informative report!
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Re: Echoes of fire, water and a visionary - Liathach's west

Postby Mountainlove » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:04 pm

Awww really lovely photos! The area up there is just amazing and seing them just makes me want to jump in my car and drive up there!!! Many thanks for sharing
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Re: Echoes of fire, water and a visionary - Liathach's west

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:46 pm

Stunning report and pictures,no need for anyone else to post any TRs hoping to win WR of the month. :lol:
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Re: Echoes of fire, water and a visionary - Liathach's west

Postby SusieThePensioner » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:08 pm

What an absolutely brilliant report and fantastic photos :thumbup:

Daniel and Clare, as you both know, I'm ambulant disabled, and your report really made me feel that I'd taken part in your walk and was able to enjoy everything you saw, thank you.

We stayed at Shieldaig last October (2010) and, not only enjoyed the Torridon area, but also had good weather :D
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Re: Echoes of fire, water and a visionary - Liathach's west

Postby skuk007 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:38 pm

Excellent detailed report and great pics. When I was up in Torridon in August this year I was looking at the west end of Liathach from below Ben Alligin to see if there was a route off - looks like it is do-able, thanks. :)
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Re: Echoes of fire, water and a visionary - Liathach's west

Postby Torridon_snails » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:54 pm

Many thanks everyone for the kind comments: we had a great day so it's been nice to share it with people... We were worried the report would be too long - perhaps it was for some people, but we're very glad to hear you've appreciated it... It's probably downhill from here: any more we post will probably be shorter and worse, as we don't have too much time or many decent photos from most of our walks! But we would like to post some more at some point...

Best wishes to all,

Daniel and Clare
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Re: Echoes of fire, water and a visionary - Liathach's west

Postby Torridon_snails » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:59 pm

kinley wrote:Good choices - both the accommodation and the route. Did you see any pine martens and otters at Lochside?

The route is a great one - other than the summit it's very quiet - and you got a great day and amazing reflections 8)

Brenda Macrow mentions this approach to Mullach in "Torridon Highlands".

Cheers - good memories :D


Hi Kinley,

Many thanks. Yes, we saw otters and pine martens. We were a bit naughty with the pine martens. When we arrived Jo at the Torridon stores gave us some ex-table jam to put out for them, but it did the trick... We got a great view of a couple of otters round the jetty. We could hear them crunching fish as they swam around and then walked onto the jetty.

We'd forgotten that Brenda Macrow did Liathach "the wrong way round". We must re-read it now we've been on the hill.
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Re: Echoes of fire, water and a visionary - Liathach's west

Postby Torridon_snails » Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:09 am

SusieThePensioner wrote:What an absolutely brilliant report and fantastic photos :thumbup:

Daniel and Clare, as you both know, I'm ambulant disabled, and your report really made me feel that I'd taken part in your walk and was able to enjoy everything you saw, thank you.

We stayed at Shieldaig last October (2010) and, not only enjoyed the Torridon area, but also had good weather :D


HI Susie,

Many thanks for this. Your photos of Torridon you posted recently were breathtakingly beautiful - all your photos were: we can't live up to those but were very happy that you enjoyed the report and what you and others have said makes us feel it was worth doing. We don't get to log on to the forum very often at the moment, but hope soon to have a good look at some more reports and maybe post a few more things - will keep an eye out for any of yours!

Best wishes,

Daniel and Clare.
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Re: Echoes of fire, water and a visionary - Liathach's west

Postby PeteR » Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:49 am

Daniel and Clare,

Thanks for your kind words on my Glen Shiel adventure. Very much appreciated. I'm still a bit gobsmacked at the honour, as there are so many excellent reports posted on this site, like yours for instance.

Reading your report was incredible. Liathach is a hill I love, but still have to visit. For sheer presence I think it is up there as one of the best this great country has to offer. I loved your alterntaive take on this hill and the surrounding area and the wonderful way in which you have described it. It was clear from the effort and detail that this is an area you both love. Hopefully 2012 will see me experiencing the magic of Liathach for myself.

Thanks again

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Re: Echoes of fire, water and a visionary - Liathach's west

Postby Jockstar » Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:32 am

This just blew me away..... :D
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Re: Echoes of fire, water and a visionary - Liathach's west

Postby rocket-ron » Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:14 pm

After reading this i did it the next day. Trully awesome hill
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Re: Echoes of fire, water and a visionary - Liathach's west

Postby morag1 » Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:33 pm

This is a wonderful report with absolutely stunning photos, thanks for posting.

I have read it several times and will probably read it a few times more over the coming winter

I hope you manage another visit to Scotland soon and post more of the same :D
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Re: Echoes of fire, water and a visionary - Liathach's west

Postby Klaasloopt » Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:06 am

I immediately remembered reading your previous report: superdetailed, rich. One can tick of hills from 'a list' and one can pick up the magnifying glass and do a Sherlock Holmes on the map to predict where the sweet spots will be and climb them. This is a peculiar magnifying glass: turn it over and you see the lichen and the butterflies... Amazing, where did you get it?
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