Beinn Alligin, Oct 2016
by garethbagger » Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:28 am
Date walked: 23/10/2016
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We woke up early to perfect conditions and set off into the Coire an Laoigh, reaching Tom na Gruagaich fairly quickly. I was so busy snapping gorgeous Loch Torridon and the view beyond that I had to be prodded by my dad to turn around at this first summit to take in the truly awesome view of the ridge ahead of us, curving round to enormous-looking Sgùrr Mòr then snaking steeply over the Horns. Encircled by this great mountain-wall is the debris from the cataclysmic rockfall that left Sgùrr Mòr riven by the Eag Dùbh. Seen from this angle Alligin steals the show even from the great Gothic cathedral of Liathach or the massive grey bulk of Beinn Eighe; this is mountain architecture at its finest. Out west, the view took in Blà Bheinn and the Cuillin as well as the Trotternish ridge; to the south I had a clear view of the outline of Ladhar Bheinn.
We went on along the ridge towards the higher summit and were awestruck by the sheer massiveness of Tom na Gruagaich viewed from this side, rising ziggurat-like from the valley in tier upon sandstone tier; unfortunately this was not photographable (with my low skill-level) on this occasion as the sun was in the south all day and it was therefore backlit. But upon reaching the summit of Sgùrr Mòr we were more than compensated with probably the most photogenic mountain view in Scotland (and far more awesome in the flesh). I'll let the photos do the talking. Then a pleasant scramble over the horns, fun and exposed but never challenging and over far too quickly. We got back down about an hour before dark, packed up our tent and set off just in time to see a spectacular fiery sunset behind Liathach on the drive back.
by litljortindan » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:23 pm
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by Alteknacker » Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:45 pm
Noisy people on campsites - it's just so inconsiderate, it's hard to believe. Like littering on mountains - what on earth gets into us that we behave like that..???
I don't know if it's the angle of the pic, but it looks like you had to camp on some VERY sloping ground....
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