The Big Grey Hill, the Red Peak & the Cold Hole of Torridon
by Graeme D » Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:08 pm
Munros included on this walk: Beinn Liath Mhor, Sgorr Ruadh
Corbetts included on this walk: Fuar Tholl
Date walked: 05/04/2013
Time taken: 9.5 hours
Distance: 16.1 km
Ascent: 1735m13 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).
I first set foot in Torridon in August 2008, on a week long road trip up to Wester Ross, the research for which led me to this site for the very first time. On that visit we climbed Slioch as well as the Beinn Eighe Munros. I went home with my Munro tally at a modest 9. We were back 12 months later, in August 2009, staying for a week in the Kinlochewe Mountain Chalets behind the hotel (not affiliated in any way to the hotel I hasten to add) which I would not recommend to anyone. Cheap yes, but as for cheery........nah! Anyway, by the time we went back home that time, I had the Alligin and Liathach Munros under my belt, and my tally sat at a more respectable 55.
Now it was April 2013, allegedly springtime but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise! I was back up for the WH Torridon meet and having recently climbed my 141st Munro, was itching to kick off the second half of the journey.
Stuart had upped the ante by opting for Torridon, and I had already had great days on the so called Big Three in Torridon, so I was looking for other options.
Over the days and weeks ahead of the meet, a number of folks threw their hat into the ring, so to speak, for the Achnashellach Munros, with the option of adding the Corbett Fuar Tholl. I was away from Perth at ridiculous o'clock and parked at Achnashellach by around 8.30 (if I remember right!). Andy (Londonwalker) was in shortly after that and kindly offered me a brew and a seat in his fabby van!
By the back of 10 (when, surprise surprise!), Bod and Val were the last to show with Ritchie in tow, our group was fully assembled and we were off. The pace was, well, quite leisurely and we were soon strung out as we left the forestry and onto the path that winds up into the lower reaches of Coire Lair. By the time we reached the 876 spot height and cairn, still a long way short of the Beinn Liath Mhor Munro summit, it was clear we would not make the whole round if we stuck together as a group. So after a few group photos, we were swiftly whittled down to a big group and a wee group, the latter consisting of myself and Charlie (Trekker53), who set off at a faster pace with the two Munros and the extremely tasty looking Corbett in our sights.
Anyway, here are the photos. Cheers to everyone for a cracking day, especially to Charlie for his company for the whole 9.5 hours, and to Stu for finally getting a WH meet to the Torridon wonderland!
10am by the phone box.......
This is Achnashellach!
Fuar Tholl looming ......... hmmmmmhhhh????
Through the pine forest
Not the most user-friendly gate!
Valerie and Andy heading into Coire Lair
Bod and Ritchie - Sgorr Ruadh to the left, Beinn Liath Mhor to the right
Coire Lair pit-stop
Fuar Tholl, Valerie, Maja, Lucas, Keith and Sgorr Ruadh
Lucas, Keith, Andy, Charlie.......... and Sgorr Ruadh!
The majesty of Coire Lair
Maja, Valerie, Nathan, Lucas, Andy, Fuar Tholl.......
Sgorr Ruadh looking quite tasty!
Fuar Tholl, two blokes and a dog
To the Fannaichs
Strung out on the Beinn Liath Mhor ascent
**** man, spank the monkey!!!! (Lucas, Andy and Keith will get it if nobody else does!)
Looks like the WH meet bug is getting to Nathan!
Sgorr Ruadh looking mean across Coire Lair
Into the depths of Coire Lair
It would appear I have taken yet another shot of that Corbett!
Under April sun on the ascent of the boulder fields
Sgorr Ruadh and a distant Beinn Bhan
Liathach and Beinn Eighe from the 876m spot
Early arrivals at the 876m cairn, Fuar Tholl in the background
Scanning the way ahead along the BLM ridge
BLM ridge and Liathach across Glen Torridon
The whole gang have arrived!
Charlie making tracks for the summit
The others dropping down from the 876m top
Beinn Liath Mhor, Loch Torridon, Beinn Alligin and Liathach
Across Beinn Liath Bheag to Liathach and Beinn Eighe
Approach to the summit
Figures on the summit
Smile Charlie - it's Beinn Liath Mhor again but with views this time!
Charlie, is that Leithy and Basscadet on Liathach??????
Coire Lair and Robertson's Buttress on Sgorr Ruadh
Charlie on descent to the bealach before a towering Sgorr Ruadh
Down Coire Lair
The mighty Liathach from the BLM/SR bealach
The whole Beinn Liath Mhor ridge
Charlie pulling up onto Sgorr Ruadh, Liathach and Beinn Eighe as a backdrop
Maol-Chinn Dearg and An Ruadh Stac
Loch Torridon and Beinn Alligin from Sgorr Ruadh ascent
Charlie closing in on summit of Sgorr Ruadh
Charlie framed by Loch Carron and An Ruadh Stac
Myself about to tackle the final pull
The Corbett Boys on Sgorr Ruadh with Fuar Tholl behind
Charlie setting off for that Corbett
Fuar Tholl in all her glory across the frozen Lochan a' Bhealaich Mhor
Back over Coire Lair to the start of the BLM ridge
The Mainreachan Buttress and a nice cornice
Mainreachan Buttress close-up
Along to the summit of Fuar Tholl
Charlie slogging up the scree slopes of Fuar Tholl
Sgorr Ruadh, Liathach and Beinn Liath Mhor from summit of Fuar Tholl
Soaking it up on Fuar Tholl
Early stages of descent
by Alan S » Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:36 pm
I had a look at this route at the weekend, I will use this in the future, cheers
by PeteR » Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:55 pm
You certainly got the best weather for that round Looks simply stunning
BLM and SR are two fantastic hills, and rank as one of my best days in the hills. I didn't quite have your weather on BLM, but still such a great area Your report confirms I need to return one day and add on that Corbett too
by Bod » Wed May 01, 2013 7:33 am
by David-Main » Wed May 01, 2013 1:32 pm
by NevJB » Wed May 01, 2013 1:42 pm
by gordon l » Wed May 01, 2013 3:27 pm
by trekker53 » Wed May 01, 2013 3:28 pm
Saw your report early this morning on the nightshift but unfortunately my workplace didn't allow the photos to come through.
So it was home, some sleep and a few hours later I logged on and it was worth waiting for.
A fantastic report and as you said let the photos do the talking.
Its always good when there's at least two of you with cameras unlike being solo with just mountain shots. I like people in the pics to give it scale and a sense of wonder.
Look forward to catching up with you in Skye.
by Sunny Speyside » Wed May 01, 2013 4:56 pm
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by BlackPanther » Thu May 02, 2013 10:50 am
BLM ridge walk is a must-do and and the porniest mountain porn one can experience - especially with snow about.