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Awesome Alligin - day 2 WH meet
by Fife Flyer » Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:59 pm
Route description: Beinn Alligin
Munros included on this walk: Sgurr Mor (Beinn Alligin), Tom na Gruagaich (Beinn Alligin)
Date walked: 06/11/2015
Time taken: 8 hours
Distance: 10 km
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This was day 2 of the WH autumn/winter meet for me, Tommy, Gill and John however Pete (PeteR) opted to travel north leaving Ayshire just after midnight, well it probably seemed like that
The walk had been planned via FB and we had agreed to start walking at 8am and had a very cunning plan to make the most of the planned forecast. As rain and wind were forecast to arrive at midday, we decided to tackle the walk anti-clockwise which would give us a chance to enjoy the 'Horns'
We met Pete in the large car park and after getting kitted up we set off, John volunteered to lead as he had been here before. However we had a slight navigational mishap and were following the clockwise path, this gave us a chance to go off piste and experience a bit of what the 'Corbeteers' are enjoying
The slight error meant we were on the west side of the burn and we could see the path on the other side, but we still enjoyed trapse through the undergrowth We did encounter an obstacle, a mere deer fence which we didn't need to climb, we manoeuvred ourselves round the overhanging end of the fence
Pre walk pose
Gill enjoying the lack of path
Deer fence & the Horns
Interesting right angled turn for the burn
John hugging the fence pole
The horns again
The path splits and so does Tommy
Team photo on the 10 second timer
Now we were back on the main path which was excellent and fairly easy going, however as we got higher the going got tougher and much steeper. It wasn't too long before the poles were packed away and the hands were required assist with scrambling
Gives an indication of steepness
John 'casually' waiting
The way up, Tommy taking a photo of me taking a photo of him
John spoiling a good view
Gill admiring the view uphill
Pete enjoying the surroundings
Arty shot, just about the only time we saw the sun, well some rays
Gives you an idea of what the ascent is like up the shoulder initially
Angle of ascent, the going is now serious and great fun
Looking across to the 2nd summit
Looking north - very impressive
Lower ridge reached
The pictures tell the story of the ascent up the first horn
A very long way down
Typical Torridon vista - awesome
Above shot zoomed, note the nice wee beach
John leading Gill down
A few action shots now of a small hands on descent
John being given advice by Gill
John gradually descending
Pete getting ready
Pete trying a different approach
Impressive or what
Weather changing - not for the better!
Not much of a view
Going down now
Gill coming up
2nd Horn (I think)
Looks like a route march
Nice little loch with a beach, not very clear though
Who is this appearing out of the murk?
We were up there
Do views get better than that?
Gairloch zoomed through the clag
Unique, Tom na Gruagaich
Fabulous shot down
The gang admiring the view down
Unfortunately after the above photo the heavens opened and the wind picked up, not that it wasn't windy before and the camera was packed away so that is it photo wise I know my colleagues kept snapping so a few bonus photo's may appear later
The ascent up was "interesting", the first problem was the lack of visibility, we couldn't really see the way ahead. There were a couple of paths, both heading to the summit, by this time we were getting a good soaking, the good news was the hill was partially protecting us from the worst of the wind
The summit was reached where a few photo's were taken (not by me) and then it was time to head downhill. We initially headed off south east - in the wrong direction, mainly because we couldn't see where we were going, this is where modern technology comes into it's own. So we traversed west which enabled us to pick up the well trodden path, the descent path (for us) was pretty relentless, the good news was it was well maintained and consisted of large stones.
When we reached the lower slopes we appeared out of the clag and it was an amazing feeling seeing the way ahead and the weather even improved.
The car park was a welcome sight and it was great to remove the wet boots and the rest of the gear. Whilst we were in the car park a couple of stalkers appeared both with guns, the first one arrived on a quad bike with a deer strapped on the back, apparently already gutted. It was time to drive the one mile or so back to the Youth Hostel and meet the Friday arrivals
To sum up Ben Alligin is a fantastic group of hills and would probably feature in most walkers top ten
A huge thanks to all my colleagues for making the day so memorable, even the grotty weather couldn't ruin it
Next is a long Saturday walk, so watch this space
by tomyboy73 » Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:18 pm
by PeteR » Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:29 pm
Not quite so sure about the action shots of me making a baboons backside of that short down climb by the way I'll post my reports up eventually, and will try to put a positive spin on that little episode
by tommyatr » Wed Nov 11, 2015 1:38 am
by martin.h » Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:45 am
Torridon is a unique and special place, Its good to see the weather behaved and you all had a good do
by BlackPanther » Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:32 pm
Going up the Horns first is steep as hell but the scrambling fun makes up for all the pain!
by Tomsie » Thu Nov 12, 2015 12:20 pm
Was no one listening to The Rodmeister giving directions night before, to go back over the bridge
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