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Beinn Liath Mhor, made it this time.

Beinn Liath Mhor, made it this time.

Postby Mike Reynolds » Fri May 15, 2015 11:16 pm

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Liath Mhor

Date walked: 02/05/2015

Time taken: 12.5 hours

Distance: 16.6 km

Ascent: 1277m

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Last autumn my long-time hill walking pal Jack and I tried to add Beinn Liath Mhor to his nearly complete Munro list. Jack is running in a new hip so our progress was slow but steady. However we were defeated by torrential rain, a howling gale and what was obviously going to be a lack of daylight having reached the lochan at the top of the path up Coire Lair, hoping this might be the easier, more direct route to the summit.

Now we were back with plenty of daylight and a gloriously clear and mostly sunny day. We decided on the same route straight up Coire Lair and up through the crags to the summit, then if all was well with the hip we might tackle the significant ups and downs of the ridge as a route back down. This was indeed the way things turned out and although it took nearly six hours to reach the summit and about the same coming down the ridge the views and the few slightly tricky sections made the whole day memorable. A great day for Jack despite the slightly reduced mobility and proof a bit of determination and patience can achieve wonderful results.

A few pictures of the day below:
Fuar Tholl from the very attractive path through the pine wood near the start
Sgorr Ruadh and Beinn Liath Mhor looking up Coire Lair
Further up the path, the summit up on right
At the foot of the steep little section through the main band of crags, Sgorr Ruadh behind.
The summit ahead from the top of the rocky section
Maol Chean Dearg and Ben Damph
Memories are made of views like this. Beinn Alligin, Liathach and Beinn Eighe across Glen Torridon
Slow progress but look at the views
Summit. Hip Hip Hooray!
Looking back along the ridge to the top
Back across to Sgorr nan Lochan Uaine and the Torridon hills.
Last patch of snow before end of the ridge

No more photos after that one while we concentrated on getting down off the end of the ridge. That bit of path is a seriously steep drop doing the route this way round especially when you're being a bit extra careful, but we had a great walk and an altogether very satisfying day.
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Re: Beinn Liath Mhor, made it this time.

Postby Mal Grey » Fri May 15, 2015 11:38 pm

One of my all time favourite hills. Coire Lair has to be one of the most amazing mountain places in these isles, and the views from the magnificent ridge of Beinn Liath Mhor above it are simply stupendous.

Thanks for sharing, a great reminder of 3 wonderful days on this hill.
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Re: Beinn Liath Mhor, made it this time.

Postby PeteR » Sat May 16, 2015 9:26 am

Superb :clap:

It is a great hill and you got some great views there :D

And you're right, it doesn't matter how long you take to get round these hills. What matters is that you stay safe and enjoy every bit of the experience. Which it looks like you and your friend did :D
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