A Torridon summit camp
by Donald Beaton » Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:54 pm
Corbetts included on this walk: Baosbheinn, Beinn an Eoin
Date walked: 29/09/2010
Time taken: 27 hours
Distance: 23 km
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Left Inverness at 8 on the Sunday morning for the drive over to Loch Maree. I was parked at the red(green) hut and ready to go for 9:30. It was quite chilly but a really stunning morning - no cloud at all!
Made good progress up the track through the newly planted Scots Pine wood - it'll look really nice in a few years.
A bit further along the track I caught my first view of Baosbheinn - it looked very impressive!
The track winds all over the place going up and down as well as following the river for a bit. I reached the end of the new plantation and followed the track onto a flatter bit just before the loch. There were brilliant views from here.
I soon headed towards the NW face of the Beinn an Eoin ridge and found my way up onto the ridge proper. I found a nice cairn - don't know what it was for but it was a nice one.
Continued walking along the ridge and after a steep ascent you reach the summit to incredible views.
Had a quick lunch on the summit then headed a bit further along the ridge with some good scrambling opportunities then headed straight down the very steep slope. Had to weave in and out of crags so I don't think I descended at the right point.
Finally reached the private bothy where it was warm and still and had a seat on the bench.
After a nice rest headed west through the small lochans and started the climb up to the ridge of Baosbheinn. There were fantastic views back to the Torridon munros.
I continued along the ridge going up and down steeply twice - I was beginning to tire carrying my pack so couldn't wait to get to the summit then find somewhere to camp.
I reached the summit at about 4:30 and discovered to my delight that it would be perfect for a summit camp. I put my tent up quickly then set out on a mission of taking photos of everything.
I cooked a quick meal then took a few more photos of the sun setting over Skye's Trotternish Ridge.
Climbed into my tent at about 8 and tried and failed to get to sleep. It was getting colder and colder and I got a pretty bad sleep waking up on numerous occasions.
After waking up for what seemed like the 20th time the sky was getting lighter and I climbed out the tent into the freezing cold wind. There was a nice layer of ice on the tent which showed how cold it was. The sun wasn't far from coming up.
The sun came over the horizon casting a beautiful light over everything.
I had a good breakfast then packed up everything and left the summit by 9:30. I headed down a ridge to the north-east then dropped down into An Reidh Choire following a stream down to to the river.
I felt surprisingly fresh marching back along the track and it past in no time at all. Walking through the plantation was nice again and I got a good view of Slioch.
Continued on my way and reached the car park at 12:30. It was once agin nice and warm so I had a nice seat before leaving.
This has been my favourite walk so far with amazing views and it was pretty quiet. It was maybe just a bit cold for sleeping!
by kinley » Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:00 pm
What a great pitch - who needs sleep
by malky_c » Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:06 pm
Hope to do these two before the year is out, as they look to be great hills.
by rockhopper » Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:16 pm
by Donald Beaton » Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:15 pm
Thats becoming my favourite area - the views are stunning.
Yeah Kinley - the views make lack of sleep well worth it!
by BethAtTheHug » Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:50 pm
by gaffr » Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:58 pm
by Donald Beaton » Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:39 pm
Don't know what happened with that.
by Merry-walker » Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:40 pm
looks like one a fab trip
by Barnety2000 » Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:46 pm
Thanks for this
by LeithySuburbs » Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:58 pm
I'm far too soft for summit camps - too chilly for me even in summer .
by Alastair S » Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:07 pm
by mountainstar » Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:41 am