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Liathach

Liathach


Postby johnrich » Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:21 am

Route description: Liathach, Glen Torridon

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

Date walked: 20/01/2013

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 1200m

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I'd attempted to climb Liathach a few days earlier but after taking 3hrs to swim through powder and only reaching 700m I decided I was too tired to carry on and headed back down, especially when it looked like the tops were in cloud, I wasn't sure of how much snow there was on top and it was my first time so route finding may have been a problem. But on the plus side I'd seen a good sunrise :D
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So this time I tried again and reached the same spot in just over 1hr, also someone else had been up as well so the route up was much easier :clap:
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On reaching the summit of Spidean a Choire Leith I could then see what lay ahead and was feeling quietly confident that I could tackle the pinnacles and with the added bonus that someone had been across so the footprints in the snow would hopefully guide me along :wink:
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I tried to stay on the crest as much as possible but was not comfortable with some of the down climbs and back tracked every now and then to take the bypass path lower down. Even those paths are exposed and certainly let you know that your alive as you feel your heart pounding :shock:
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I was so glad the footprints guided me along because otherwise I wouldn't have believed there was a route around some places but eventually I was through the worst and heading for Mullach an Rathain feeling pretty chuffed :D
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I resisted the temptation to play on the ice on the way down, I think I'd had enough fun for one day :)
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All that was left was to get back to the road and hope some kind soul would offer me a lift back to the car but alas it was not to be :(
So ended a cracking 10 days out on the hills with an overnight stop at the Clachaig then home the next day. :D :clap:
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Re: Liathach

Postby The Rodmiester » Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:05 pm

Well done, and great stuff :clap: A classic winter scramble, something to talk about when you get home :D
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Re: Liathach

Postby SAVAGEALICE » Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:29 pm

stunning :D ...not a mountain i would dare to go in the snow mind ..well done :D :clap:
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Re: Liathach

Postby Silverhill » Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:00 pm

Impressive stuff! 8)
I can imagine you being glad seeing the footprints. In some of the pics one wonders where the mountain stops and the cornice starts :shock:
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Re: Liathach

Postby soapy27 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:44 pm

Awesome report there :clap:
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Re: Liathach

Postby Lenore » Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:28 pm

Wow, not for the faint-hearted!! Well done and what a report as well!
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Re: Liathach

Postby johnrich » Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:53 pm

Thank you all for your comments and I'm glad you like the report it was a fantastic day :D :clap:
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Re: Liathach

Postby Tomsie » Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:47 pm

Well done again, :clap: :clap:

dont think I could do that on my own
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Re: Liathach

Postby gyles » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:24 pm

Fantastic report and great pictures. :clap:

Always good to have footprints to follow along.
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Re: Liathach

Postby mrssanta » Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:24 pm

some of that looked proper scary
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Re: Liathach

Postby Stuart Angus » Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:01 am

:shock: Awesome :thumbup:
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Re: Liathach

Postby johnrich » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:46 am

mrssanta wrote:some of that looked proper scary

Some of that was proper scary, somebody said to me once "do something that scares you once a day then you know your alive" well I realised I was alive many times that day!
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Re: Liathach

Postby Alastair S » Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:00 pm

Wow - 2 Torridon crackers in a week. Great stuff :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Liathach

Postby Johnny Corbett » Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:41 pm

Good to see this mountain covered in snow, must have been tough in those conditions. Cheers for the other reports also :D
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