The Walkhighland Meet and reaching 100 on Sgorr Ruadh
by Mountainlove » Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:41 pm
Route description: Beinn Liath Mhor, Achnashellach
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Liath Mhòr, Sgòrr Ruadh
Date walked: 05/04/2013
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Well at least that was on their mind, while groups of people walked up a good selection of some of the most spectacular Munros Torridon has to offer.
Sgorr Ruadh and Beinn Liath Mhor
A group of 11+1 of us arranged time to meet for Fridays walk at 10:00 at the starting point for Beinn Liath Mhor and Sgorr Ruadh
The sun was shining and everyone had enough gear packed to survive the coldest winter temperatures known in Scotland. Ice Axes, crampons and 4 layers of clothing meant that we were well equipped, or so we though. Luckily with so many people, a few forgotten or broken items were soon borrowed from others. One person who shall not be named decided to leave us before we even managed to cross the road
So the magnificent 10+1 set off and soon came to a bit of the walk were the question rose- left or right? Sheepishly most of us had to admit that we all had trusted on the other, to know the walk and read up about it. Just as well a few had done so and so we managed to find the right way . Ritchie the dog (the +1) decided to head for a bath and soon most of us had to cram the layers into the already bursting full backpacks...it was rather warm and sunglasses were digged out from the bottom of the bags!
The steep climb up the first top, took a while and some of the most spectacular views only Torridon can offer were in front of us.
We reached the cairn, thinking we had climbed the first Munro (too much talking meant no one really paid any attention at all ) and when it became clear we were yet miles , or better to say another 2 peaks away from the real top) a moan escaped some lips ...weren't Walkhighland meets not supposed to be easy?
We all discussed the option to climb Fuar Tholl, but looking at it, only 2 brave souls decided to set off together and leave us (the lazy lot) behind to climb it as well. Not that any of us minded to admit defeat. - after all the pub and cold beer was waiting!
The snow was still thick in places and care was needed when we descended the cliffs. You would have thought that a bunch of experienced hill walkers, are the ones who would know when to put crampons on..but on slopes were individual most of us would have stopped for ice axe and crampons, we set off with nothing.
Ice axes were left securely strapped to backpacks and like sheep we descended down the hill and up the next. Needless to say if one would have slipped and started rolling down the hill, he or she would have taken all the other ones with them , but somehow no one said a thing. Obviously we discussed at numerous times, that an ice axe should have been used- after we just crossed yet another less than secure part of the walk. So at least we all knew were were doing the wrong thing
Finally after a 4h walk with plenty of brakes, we reached Beinn Liath Mhor. What a long way to reach a Munro , but the views were spectacular.
Reluctant we set off the long decent . The path soon disappeared underneath the snow and we managed to split up, to find individual paths down the hill. I guess I managed to find one of the most difficult ones, down a wall (but at least with good handhold ...not advisable if you ask me
The last Munro Sgorr Ruadh would be my 100th Munro and the other gave me the lead. I never thought that reaching 100 Munros would be such a milestone for me. When I climbed up the slopes I thought back about the first Munro I had climbed so many years ago and the ones which followed, sometimes years apart. Some I was dragged upon, swearing, sweating and hating them, until I saw the views and all was forgotten.
I was over the moon when I reached the top of my 100th Munro and the views were more than spectacular. A day I could not have wished for any better than it was. The others soon followed and after some congratulations, we shared a sip of whisky and started heading down...the beer was waiting!
The last part of the walk ...or the walk down to the pub, meant that the men folks found new energy while us women stayed back for a leisurely walk and a chat.
In the hotel the only down side was the food...no Fastfood?! I might agree on a day to day basis, but hungry hillwalkers who just walked for 9.5h want huge piles of everything greasy and tasty, washed down with beer.
But regardless of the food the 2 evenings which followed were fun filled with many stories told, a fantastic pub quiz and lots of laughs and booze.
by SAVAGEALICE » Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:58 pm
by SusieThePensioner » Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:43 pm
Looks like a fantastic day and some wonderful views
by The Rodmiester » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:17 pm
by balgonie » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:37 pm
Great report and pics to match
by Johnny Corbett » Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:55 pm
by kevsbald » Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:56 pm
I'm sure it won't be long before you're holding up a sign with zwei hundert, zwei and achtzig....phew.
by David-Main » Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:00 pm
by pigeon » Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:01 pm
by trekker53 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:14 pm
by ceaser » Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:57 pm
by old danensian » Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:04 pm
I can only add a couple more - as well of those of Graeme searching on his knees for a mountain Mecca
- Keith poses to the backdrop of the Torridon hills - or was it the other way round?
- Bod's secret weapon powers (or pulls) him up the last few metres
Here's to your next hundred.
by mrssanta » Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:13 pm
by laconic surf » Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:27 pm
Congratulations on the 100, glad I was there to share it with you
by PeteR » Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:36 pm
A superb round of hills on which to achieve it too So glad you all had such great weather for this one
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