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Torridon Mountains: sunrise,inversion & the power of healing

Torridon Mountains: sunrise,inversion & the power of healing


Postby Petr Dakota » Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:32 pm

Route description: Beinn Liath Mhor, Achnashellach

Munros included on this walk: Beinn Liath Mhor, Sgorr Ruadh

Date walked: 24/04/2016

Time taken: 7.54 hours

Distance: 18.28 km

Ascent: 1348m

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Challenges, challenges.......I love them !!! :D
Getting new experiences, discovering own abilities...possibilities...testing the borders - limits if any...overcoming obstacles, learning from mistakes...it all can makes you stronger physically and mentally...it all moves you ahead to higher goals & targets, sometimes smoothly and sometimes harder, but there is a good point: You can't loose, because even in an unsuccessful case YOU ALWAYS GET A LESSON :) :lol:

Every harder reached achievement is more appreciated then and will stay in memories for a long time.
That's one way how to get unforgettable experience...but there is also another way how to keep an experience in your memories: Get a great day ! A clear day in the mountains with beautiful views around...a day full of mountain's feelings 8)

I did The Three Peaks Challenge with my brother in 2014:

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=49376


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Snowdon summit - the last top of the Three Peaks Challenge




I completed my own personal challenge - to climb Ben Nevis each month in a Year:

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=51335


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Ben Nevis via CMD - April 2015


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Ben Nevis - December 2014



and hope some more still to do ;-)

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I love to climb mountains all year in any weather conditions. I faced gales, total whiteouts, heavy snow, ice, freezy conditions or rain, wetness & fog ( the glass of whisky taste well always after :lol: )
...but some areas I will always try to get in a good, clear day to enjoy & catch the beauty.

If there is not good forecast for most of the places and I have the opportunity to goout, then I prefer to walk some grassy hills with no special views around and keep the nicer ones for a clear day...

Torridon is definitely one of the places I want always to go when the chance of clear views is high.

Finally my 2 days off on the following weekend ( 30.4.-1.5. ) It offers more - wider possibilities to do something far away or more mountains in one route - it offers longer day in the mountains.
As the day is closer I'm keeping watching the weather forecast every day and by the way I saw that the next weekend does not look promising for views and I have not many more free weekends - often working on weekends and using my days off for hillwalking during short week days :?

It was saturday 23.4.2016, I got home afternoon after work and I started think about Torridon on the following day - sunday 24.4.2016 as the weather forecast looked great for that day: sunshine, visibility, no wind !
Torridon was one of more options along with Kintail, Cairngorms and Assynt
But...!!! the sunday was my one and only day off after working the days before...early starts...no rest...then monday back to work for another week with early morning's starts...the sunday was the one and only day to rest and to try get recovered as I was sick @ one week, but still going to work and using medicine - antibiotics ! :roll: :( :crazy:
After checking the forecast again I was focusing how to manage Torridon by all the negative circumstances which I changed to the big one positive: The big chance of views in such a beautiful place ! 8) :D :wink:
I prepared some routes, usefull info etc. and also plan B and C just in case...prepared most of my outdoor stuff and finally got to bed around 22:15 ( a long saturday since I woke up at 3:15 am to work ). Alarm set for 00:30 as I wanted leave home @ 02:00 am to be able get to Torridon area, climb two Munros there and then get back home in an reasonable time to prepare for early start at work on monday :roll: :crazy:
Driving time just under or around 4 hours one way.
I am a Old school man - I believe that if you want get something then you must give something...a sacrifice if need !
...and I believe in the power of mountain's healing ! :D

I was really looking forward to go, not sure if I slept at least the two hours...
Woke up at 00:30 I prepared my food for the way incl. fresh porridge and I checked the weather again.
Always checking the weather up to last mins. even morning before trips...ready with plan B and C to make the final decision...sometimes changing the destination where to go in the morning by the current weather to get maximum chance of success 8)
It means to be flexible, ready with another option & also to improvize sometimes even during way...
Hard to join me for a trip :lol: :lol: :lol:


I was lucky on my previous trips there to Beinn Eighe: ( night start at 01:00 am ) :D

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=55463



and also Beinn Alligin: ( started at 02:15 am ) :D

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=57317





I trusted the forecast...with a big hope...but some worries during my way as it was snowing on the road between Pitlochry and Inverness :shock: :crazy: :?
I arrived in the Achnashellach car park around 06:00 am, wet and misty conditions...no views from the innitial way.
I had some doubts and almost regreted if it was really the right decision... :? :roll:
But climbing the first ascent of Beinn Liath Mhor I got the higher level where all the views open for me :D Really great feelings and happiness !!!

I really enjoyed great day in the mountains, despite all the sacrifice, long driving, sickness and antibiotics I felt fresh and happy ! :D :D :D
From my previous trips I loved An Teallach...I loved Aonach Eagach...Blaven...Glencoe mountains, Ring of Steall, Ben Hope, Torridon mountains before and many more.......but this trip I lived my mountain's dream in Torridon that day !!! 8) :D 8) Very happy and gratefull...

I know, nothing is for free, the sacrifice, no sleep, long driving no rest...etc. it is the price I will always happy to pay for day like this ! :-)

P.S. It was hard and difficult to chose from over 400 photos ! ;-) :lol: :D








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02:03 am - started from home, looking forward to spend another day in the mountains ! :D :wave: :D
Despite the lack of sleep in last a few days, the drive was comfortable...listening music in the night silence, thinking about a lot of things and full of expectation of the oncoming day.
It was snowing between Pitlochry and Inverness, temperature changed between minus 1 - plus 6 degrees of Celsius, but wet roads there after. The almost 4 hours in the car took quicker than I expected and after meeting deers on the road several times I arrived safely just before 06:00 am.


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Achnashellach car park, empty early morning...wet, wet, wet and not sure about the views :roll: But determined, started my walk shortly after 06:00 am via the Achnashellach train station throught the forest. There is a junction short distance after crossing the railway, need to turn left a follow the forest track...there is a gate later.



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First open view, but without a view ! The mist and the visibility made me worried about the day.......in such a beautiful area and can't see around ?! :roll: :? :crazy: Here suppose to be Fuar Tholl ahead !!! :o :( :crazy:



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Misty all the time, but some hill-shapes visible sometimes around gave me the hope :o :)



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Started climb the ascent of Beinn Liath Mhor and it was nice to see more and more with every step up... :)



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Sunrise and nice inversion from the higher level :D



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...and I started believe that the day will be finally great and I will probably enjoy some views :D 8) :D



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Fuar Tholl, the Corbett looks great !!!



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The 1st top - one of the three main tops of Beinn Liath Mhor on the East side



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The ridge ahead...great views towards Torridon. Liathach and Beinn Eighe in the background 8) :D



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Fuar Tholl on the left and Sgorr Ruadh ( the 2nd Munro and my next target of the day ) on the right



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Looking back towards the 1st top



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Towards North-East



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Looking ahead



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All the Torridon giants ahead in the background :D 8)



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The ridge, the Glen, Sgorr Ruadh and the connection...



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Another view of Sgorr Ruadh and Fuar Tholl



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The ridge and some obstacle on the way...fresh snow , ice and stones...rock made the walk more interesting



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Looking back against the sun



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Another view back towards the first top, nice inversion still there... 8)



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Towards North-East again



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...and towards West



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inversion moved...hiding the mountains ahead



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Another descent done



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Towards South-West



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Looking back again...the sun made it beautiful ! 8)


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More clouds on the North now...


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...and more cloud also on the East



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The summit ahead



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Sgorr Ruadh - the view of colours in the mist 8)



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Beinn Liath Mhor summit



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Liathach closer...but hidden in the clouds :roll: :crazy: :roll:



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Summit self-timer selfie :)



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Descending the summit



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Looking to Sgorr Ruadh summit over the Glen...my next target 8)



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Clearer view...



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Still on the descent...



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...and further in the lower level



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View of the Glen



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...and once again



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Descending here - the way down



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Descended this



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Sgorr Ruadh from the bottom



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The view of the Glen :D 8) :D



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Maol Chean-dearg looks great 8)



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Towards Sgorr Ruadh



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Maol Chean-dearg and An Ruadh-Stac



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Towards Torridon...



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Ascending the rocky Sgorr Ruadh



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Beinn Liath Mhor - all the ridge and tops



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Higher and higher...closer to the summit



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Some scramble necessarry...Maol Chean-dearg and An Ruadh-Stac in the background



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Towards Torridon - getting clearer



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Liathach in the background



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Final part to the summit



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Beinn Liath Mhor over the Glen



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Views from the summit of Sgorr Ruadh



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Fuar Tholl from Sgorr Ruadh



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...and again - closer from the lower level



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The way back to the car park...



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Beinn Liath Mhor from the South - all the ridge and tops clearly visible :D



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a view over the water 8)



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Sgorr Ruadh on the left and Beinn Liath Mhor on the right from the South-East



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Looking back towards Fuar Tholl and Sgorr Ruadh



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Nice path in the forest along the water...



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Looking back - clear view towards Fuar Tholl, something different from the morning 8) :D
Last edited by Petr Dakota on Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:57 pm, edited 10 times in total.
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Re: Torridon: sunrise,inversion & the power of healing...

Postby Silverhill » Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:15 pm

I look forward to reading your account of the trip. Really lovely pictures. Apart from the first one, showing the time on your car clock :shock: :crazy: :wink: .
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Re: Torridon: sunrise,inversion & the power of healing...

Postby Alteknacker » Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:55 am

Wow, that's a breath-taking set of pictures of a very special place. Heading up there in 12 hours, and might change the original plan of Mullardoch to Torridon...

Awaiting the report :)
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Re: Torridon: sunrise,inversion & the power of healing...

Postby litljortindan » Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:06 am

Some cracking pictures there.
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Re: Torridon: sunrise,inversion & the power of healing...

Postby jamesb63 » Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:00 am

Fantastic photos Petr I really look forward to reading your report :clap: :clap:
its just aswell we have digital cameras now if we were still using film
you would need a Sherpa to carry an extra bag for you :lol: :lol:
I cant wait to get up to Torridon and have a first hand look at the beauty all around
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Re: Torridon: sunrise,inversion & the power of healing...

Postby ancancha » Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:31 pm

looks stunning Petr :clap:
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Re: Torridon Mountains: sunrise,inversion & the power of hea

Postby Mal Grey » Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:57 pm

Another great report of some of my favourite hills.
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Re: Torridon Mountains: sunrise,inversion & the power of hea

Postby dogplodder » Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:28 pm

Great shots above the inversion! :wink:
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Re: Torridon Mountains: sunrise,inversion & the power of hea

Postby PerthAlly » Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:40 pm

Well done once more Petr. That was a long old day!

I did two munro's in the sun last Wednesday. I was great to get out for the first time this year :)
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Re: Torridon Mountains: sunrise,inversion & the power of hea

Postby Andrea Rosslyn » Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:00 pm

Early start again :( ...but finally you had great day out there :clap: No wonder, that you have 400 pics. :crazy: :D
Well done!!! :clap:
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Re: Torridon Mountains: sunrise,inversion & the power of hea

Postby Cairngorm creeper » Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:03 am

Your pictures are beautiful and reflect why you love the mountains. Looking forward to reading your complete report, perhaps we to have to wait until you have caught up on your sleep :wink:
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Re: Torridon Mountains: sunrise,inversion & the power of hea

Postby Happyfeet » Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:56 pm

Sugar coated mountains, how sweet they look :wink:

Nice day for it !
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Re: Torridon Mountains: sunrise,inversion & the power of hea

Postby The Rodmiester » Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:37 pm

That turned out well did it not, great views and photographs. Bet your wanting to do Fuar Tholl now, a superb wee hill, pick another good day, we got lucky for our summit views.
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Re: Torridon Mountains: sunrise,inversion & the power of hea

Postby Petr Dakota » Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:50 pm

Thank you very much for all the kind comments, really appreciate :D
Hope you are enjoying the views by the photos and hope the report will be usefull for someone who is planning to go there :wink: :D
It's a beautiful part of Scotland 8) :thumbup:
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Re: Torridon Mountains: sunrise,inversion & the power of hea

Postby Gordie12 » Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:40 pm

Wow Petr...............Heart FM is your favourite radio station :lol: :lol: :lol:
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