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Torridon Revisited

Torridon Revisited

Postby Bendyson1000 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:09 pm

Route description: Beinn Eighe (western summits)

Munros included on this walk: Ruadh-stac Mor (Beinn Eighe), Spidean Coire nan Clach (Beinn Eighe)

Date walked: 12/09/2018

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 18 km

Ascent: 1287m

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As the title of this post suggests; I have visited this area many times before, and even completed some of this route, but never had I been up Beinn Eighe.

I planned this day out to introduce my good friend Mark to the Scottish hills and to what is my favourite little corner of the Highland region. I first visited Torridon almost exactly 10 years ago and it was great to find an excuse to visit again and retrace some of the steps of my very first walk here.

The evening before I had a close eye on the weather forecast which looked changeable enough to gamble making the near 2 hour drive to the west coast. We made a reasonably early get away and arrived at the Bein Eighe car park just before 9am enabling us to head off down the road and start our ascent before other walkers arrived in the two car parks. A quick moan at this point about people pooing in and around car parks. More and more when I visit these wild areas that are popular with tourists/campervans am I finding fresh human excrement literally feet from where kids could be running about and playing. In my opinion there is no excuse, if you have to go just clean up after yourself, it’s not hard and just like with dog fouling there is no excuse to leave it!

ImageIMG_6586 2 by Ben Dyson, on Flickr

Moving on, this is a well-trodden route and I’m not sure if many of the Scottish peaks have their very own sign, or if they do I’m not sure I’ve seen that many? We opted to follow the track as described on this website and it was definitely nice to avoid a 2km track down the road at the end of the walk. The stroll down the road at the beginning is a great way to warm up after sitting in the car for a few hours as well. The ascent proved a decent work-out and we took a minute at the cairn on the ridge to take a few pictures and chomp down a Mars bar each. At this point the wind was typically strong and cold and upon reaching the windshelter by the trig pillar opted to head straight up Spidean Coire nan Clach before returning for some brunch and a well earned coffee. The peak itself appeared quite exposed when first viewed from the windshelter but upon approach the well-worn path was actually a lot safer than it first appeared to be.

ImageIMG_6599 by Ben Dyson, on Flickr

Moving along the route from the first peak, the walk along the ridge was great with the clouds occasionally parting to reveal the always dramatic and awe inspiring Torridon landscape. It’s always nice to share something like this with somebody new to the Scottish hills and there was much “wowing” and stopping to take pictures as we made our way north. The final approach to the top of Ruadh-stac Mhor is straight forward and very different from the craggy peaks of the neighbouring hills. What did prove a bit more challenging was the eventual descent from the bealach down the scree chute to Coire Mhic Fhearchair. If like us you’re not confident with steep descents then looking down from the ridge will have you thinking twice about it. Following the advice in the Walk Highlands route description is certainly to be recommended and by sticking to the rocky steps on the right hand side of the scree chute we safely found our way down.

ImageIMG_6605 by Ben Dyson, on Flickr

During the descent there are some amazing waterfalls and the verdant green algae indicative of nutrient rich water that covers the rocks contrasts dramatically with the dark and craggy landscape. Once across the out flow of Lochan Coire Mhic Fhearchair it was familiar territory for me as this was the same route along the Glen Torridon stalkers path that I had first walked ten years earlier. What I hadn’t recalled was how long it is, and it took us a good hour and a half of fast paced walking to once again reach the car park. A nice surprise at the end of the walk was a very tame red deer stag grazing by the car park. I think this particular animal must be a regular feature here at the moment as I can recall seeing it when passing in the car back in April. Either way it was a great end to a great walk and I’m looking forward (with some degree of trepidation) to getting up the mighty Liathach that was ever imposing in the west through-out this very enjoyable day.

ImageIMG_6618 by Ben Dyson, on Flickr
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Re: Torridon Revisited

Postby Alteknacker » Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:50 pm

"...there was much “wowing” and stopping to take pictures..." - that surely is Torridon when the weather is good!
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