My first visit to Torridon in over 45 years - used to come up to Wester Ross (Inverasdale, near Poolewe to be precise) with my parents every August wild camping - a real trek in those days with single track roads all the way from Garve and a very windy A9 to Inverness ( travelled overnight to avoid the caravans!)
Stayed at Torridon Yoth Hostel (excellent!) and planned three double Munro days.
Day 1: Liathach (Spidean a'Choire Leith & Mullach an Rathain)
Set off alone as I often do, quickly caught up with Baz (a fellow plus 50 - hope you don't mind Baz) and climbed the steep ascent together, deciding to take in the view from Stuc a'Choire Dhubh Bhig to look across to Beinn Eighe. Retraced our steps to the ridge where we met up with Malcolm, Chris & Fiona (also staying in Torridon Youth Hostel) with whom we formed a 5 people group to traverse this amazing mountain. Together we topped Spidean a Choire Leith where the weather blessed us by lifting the cloud cover to reveal the route ahead over the Am Fasarinen Pinnacles. Lunch break discussion - decided to tackle the pinnacles directly - leading to some amazing scrambling (a taster for me of the day to follow on Beinn Alligin) - probably did some scrambling that I might not have attempted alone!
After the Pinnacles the route to the second Munro ( Mullach an Rathain) was straight forward. The descent, as is often the case, was probably the hardest part of the walk - lots of loose rock and a very eroded path at times. Short walk back to the hostel to pick up Chris's car to return to start point and pick up my own car ( saved that dreaded walk back up the road!)
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