Fab 208 Sgorr Ruadh - and #207 Beinn Liath Mhor was fab too!
by Helen Bruce » Sat Nov 03, 2012 3:59 pm
Route description: Sgorr Ruadh, Achnashellach
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Liath Mhor, Sgorr Ruadh
Date walked: 23/10/2012
Time taken: 8 hours
Distance: 17 km
Ascent: 1320m7 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
If only Munro-bagging was always in weather like this ... but, then again, would we get bored if we had blue skies every day? I've had some great walks on days when I didn't feel there was much point in getting out the camera to record the mist, but we still had magical moments when light shone through clouds and made the hillsides glow, and it's always a delight when the clag suddenly lifts and you get to see where you actually are for 2 seconds. I suppose you wouldn't REALLY appreciate the cloudless days if you didn't have the experience of not so fabulous conditions. In fact, the next outing we had, two days later, up Moruisg and Sgurr nan Caennaichean was back to the default setting of staggering about in rain and cloud from about 500m upwards. This then turned into horizontal sleet and a buffeting wind on the way up to the second summit which only abated on our descent when the skies suddenly cleared and our summit experience felt like a bad dream.
Anyway, we were almost getting a bit blase about all this spectacular scenery and wonderful clear skies - views to Skye blah blah, Beinn Eighe shining white blah blah, jaggedy An Teallach blah blah - after our 2 previous outings on Maol Chean-dearg and Sgurrs Choinnich & a'Chaorachain. But we knew that this was going to be a great day out and one to remember. We set off from Achnashellach at about 9.00, across the level crossing and on to a forest track that soon became a lovely riverside walk with Fuar Toll rising in front of us through the trees. The path was great, really nice going and dry underfoot, leading us up to Coire Lair.
The air was fresh but as we climbed in the full sunshine it got hotter and hotter. The ascent up the front of Beinn Liath Mhor was pretty brutal, it was a relief when we finally got to the cairn at the south end of the ridge around 11.45.
We stopped for our first lunch and had a chat with a guy who was breaking in new boots and feeling the pinch a bit. Ouch. This was quite a tough route and rather hard on the feet as it was mainly on rock. Still, we saw him plodding along behind us as we went around, so at least he got there and hopefully the landscape took his mind off the pain! Anyway, taking it nice and easy we pottered along the ridge to the summit, taking in the spectacular views over Torridon and beyond.
From there we strayed a bit from the main route due to lack of attention, but we worked out where we were and quickly managed to find a cairn to show us the easiest way to get down the great sandstone slabs to the bealach. This would certainly be a challenging route in mist, though we would have been paying a bit more care too. Anyway, we crossed over the pass and up the steep grassy slope towards Sgorr Ruadh. This soon turned into another rock-hopping fest up to the summit.
Another great panorama from the summit of Sgorr Ruadh, time for a lengthy break with a flask of tea, some muesli bars and the emergency chocolate. We had set off that morning with the idea of the two Munros plus potentially climbing the spectacular Fuar Toll as well, but once we got to the second summit we decided we'd like to save that one for another day. We were on holiday after all! So we headed downhill to the bealach between Sgorr Ruadh and Fuar Toll, which is full of bumps and lochans. We'd plotted a diagonal route across it from above, but it was a relief to reach the stalkers' path down into Coire Lair. Then a pretty straightforward walk out, enjoying those autumn colours around Achnashellach.
We were back at the car just after 5pm. Tired, but sated with sunshine and wide vistas. Dry feet, no waterproofs used - third Quality Hill Day in a row!
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by Helen Bruce » Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:53 pm
rjpatyou - there was snow in Torridon a couple of days after this trip. I did this walk on Tues 23rd October (inadvertently put the 1st Nov on first version of my posting which may have been a bit misleading) and on the Friday of that week (26th Oct) we had constant snow showers, some quite heavy, with bright sunshine inbetween. We drove over to Torridon village, since it was a rest day for us, and the mountains were looking absolutely stunning when the sun came out!
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