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Grabbing Alligin by the Horns - Summit Camp Magic!

Grabbing Alligin by the Horns - Summit Camp Magic!


Postby Jaxter » Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:17 pm

Route description: Beinn Alligin

Munros included on this walk: Sgurr Mor (Beinn Alligin), Tom na Gruagaich (Beinn Alligin)

Date walked: 07/07/2019

Time taken: 6.45 hours

Distance: 13.57 km

Ascent: 1329m

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We awoke to the sound of rain on the outside of the tent…not the best sign, although by the time we could be bothered getting up, both the midges and the rain had gone and the sun was out. We headed along to Kinlochewe to pick up enough signal for a forecast, and an early lunch. The forecast was good – Alligin summit camp was on :thumbup:

We couldn’t resist stopping for a few photos as we drove up the glen…
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We parked at the car park, shouldered our packs and headed off up the path – it was hot work and we needed to stop and enjoy the views at regular intervals 8)
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Ahead to Alligin
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Beinn Dearg
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Coire nan Laogh – tomorrow’s descent route
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As we crossed the bridge and started heading more steeply upwards we could see towards Beinn Eighe
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As we climbed higher we saw someone waving at us – it was Colin! He and Jura were on their way back from Beinn Dearg. It was a perfect opportunity to stop again :lol:
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Looks miles away!
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As we started climbing up to the Horns the path became more like giant rock steps – this slowed down progress as there was also some hands on action. I was glad that Malcy was carrying most of the weight :lol:
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We could see Skye at last!
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Liathach
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Malcy regretting his decision to carry all the weight :lol:
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Looking back
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Not more height?!
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The two munro summits – looking an awful long way away!
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Finally the worst of the ascent was done and the horns were ahead – we met a couple of lassies who told us we were in for a lot of fun! 8)
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Looking back to Slioch and into the Fisherfield
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Beinn Dearg
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Maol Chean Dearg & An Ruadh-stac
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Looking back to Liathach
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Looking ahead to the 2nd horn from the 1st (shame it wasn’t as easy to get down :shock: :lol: )
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Tom na Gruagaich
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Looking back to the 1st horn – awkward descent off the rock shelves was actually the hardest bit!
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Baosbheinn
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The 2nd horn was largely ok, with one tricky move that I really wouldn’t want to reverse :shock: and one moment that wasn’t technically difficult or scary but a rock moved as I was climbing out and freaked me out :shock: Looking ahead to the last horn
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Looking back
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Towards Torridon
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On the last horn!
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Looking ahead to Sgurr Mor from the final horn – that’s one hell of an ascent :shock:
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Malcy contemplating the final ascent
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Baosbheinn
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The descent from the last horn wasn’t difficult and soon it was time for the final ascent to Sgurr Mor – a last glance at Slioch before we headed up
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It was a long slog but before long we had a fabulous view back down the horns
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And further afield
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Looking out towards Gairloch
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Finally at the top of Sgurr Mor it was totally worth it!
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Malcy mounts the cairn at the summit of Sgurr Mor
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Liathach
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Beinn Damh
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Beinn Liath Mor & Sgorr Ruadh
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Skye
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Diabeg, Raasay and Skye
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Big gash (insert your own joke :lol: )
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The way ahead :shock:
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The final ascent
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Looking back to Sgurr Mor
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Finally reaching the summit I could see down the Graham An Ruadh-Mheallan and Gairloch
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Maol Chean Dearg and An Ruadh-stac
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Beinn Damh
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This may have been one of the pair of golden eagles Colin saw earlier?
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Skye
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Liathach northern pinnacles
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Tom na Gruagaich summit
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Sisters
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Knoydart
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Sun making its descent
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Setting up camp
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Tent pitched we had a wander out to the top of the crags at Na Fasreidhnean
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Nice views down into Torridon
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Malcy running away
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Deer
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Diabeg
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Redpoint
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My ears got cold so Malcy lent me his hat – what’s better than one hat…?
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A bit of cloud started to blow through adding to the atmosphere
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Sgurr Mor
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Beinn Dearg
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It was getting chilly so it was time to sleeping-bag-cloak up for the sunset 8)
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An Teallach
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Baosbheinn
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Clisham
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Then the skies went wild 8)
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It was time for bed
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The next morning my alarm went off at 4 – I poked my head out the door…hmm….a few minutes later I got out of bed. Malcy wasn’t tempted to get up just yet :lol:
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The skies were already incredible
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Here it comes 8)
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Sun up we were getting red glow on the hills – out to Skye
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Harris
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Red glow on Beinn Bhan
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We went back to the tent for an hours sleep before we had to get up and go – looking down the glen
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Tent down it was time to go!
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It was a knee-crunching descent and as we got lower the midges started to appear
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Sgurr Mor and the horns
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Beinn Dearg, Beinn Eighe and Liathach
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Looking across Loch Torridon
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Back at the car the midges were out so we hopped in the car and ran – Malcy had work to go to and I was heading up some more hills – the weather was so nice it would be rude not to :lol:
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Last edited by Jaxter on Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:34 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: Grabbing Alligin by the Horns - Summit Camp Magic!

Postby Alteknacker » Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:37 pm

Heck, it doesn't get much better than that!!! I really see the advantages of a decent camera as compared with a mobile phone - some absolutely wonderful pics.

I was up there in winter, and I never fail to be astonished at the differences in character a hill can have in the different seasons.

Your pitch looked some way off horizontal - weren't you gravitationally challenged during the night?? :D
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Re: Grabbing Alligin by the Horns - Summit Camp Magic!

Postby onsen » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:05 pm

Love high camps...sunsets, sunrises, endless views & wild weather. Makes you feel so alive. :thumbup:
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Re: Grabbing Alligin by the Horns - Summit Camp Magic!

Postby litljortindan » Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:29 pm

The finest Torridon hill, in my opinion, and well captured. There can't be many trips to beat bivvying on its summit.
We were walking round lochs Claire and Coulin the same day so if you had a small red car driving slowly in front of you at some point that could have been us. Watched the same sunset too but from the somewhat less spectacular Redpoint. Good looking back from there though to the Torridon gloaming.
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Re: Grabbing Alligin by the Horns - Summit Camp Magic!

Postby past my sell by date » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:02 pm

Yes a fun circuit. I did it the other way round - around 33 years ago - when there was only one Munro to be ticked.
Here's your Eagle (I think) zoomed
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Re: Grabbing Alligin by the Horns - Summit Camp Magic!

Postby steviesea » Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:14 pm

:clap: Wow. You've really captured the ambience of an epic camping spot. I had to go the other way round so that if I bottled out of doing the horns I wouldn't miss out the rest of the 'cracking' mountain. Luckily I went for it and absolutely loved it.
Had fantastic views but some of yours are amazing 8)
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Re: Grabbing Alligin by the Horns - Summit Camp Magic!

Postby Jaxter » Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:45 am

Alteknacker wrote:Heck, it doesn't get much better than that!!! I really see the advantages of a decent camera as compared with a mobile phone - some absolutely wonderful pics.

I was up there in winter, and I never fail to be astonished at the differences in character a hill can have in the different seasons.

Your pitch looked some way off horizontal - weren't you gravitationally challenged during the night?? :D

Cheers - it is a magic hill isn't it 8) the pitch was actually pretty good, although it certainly doesn't look it :lol: much better than some where I've spent all night rolling downhill :shock: :lol:



onsen wrote:Love high camps...sunsets, sunrises, endless views & wild weather. Makes you feel so alive. :thumbup:

Absolutely 8) 8)



litljortindan wrote:The finest Torridon hill, in my opinion, and well captured. There can't be many trips to beat bivvying on its summit.
We were walking round lochs Claire and Coulin the same day so if you had a small red car driving slowly in front of you at some point that could have been us. Watched the same sunset too but from the somewhat less spectacular Redpoint. Good looking back from there though to the Torridon gloaming.

I think I'd have to agree with you there 8) I keep meaning to explore that area - looks like it would be fun going up from loch Claire to Beinn Dubh



past my sell by date wrote:Yes a fun circuit. I did it the other way round - around 33 years ago - when there was only one Munro to be ticked.
Here's your Eagle (I think) zoomed
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I've been round both directions now - plenty to be said for both 8)



steviesea wrote::clap: Wow. You've really captured the ambience of an epic camping spot. I had to go the other way round so that if I bottled out of doing the horns I wouldn't miss out the rest of the 'cracking' mountain. Luckily I went for it and absolutely loved it.
Had fantastic views but some of yours are amazing 8)

Thanks - I've missed out the horns twice before for different reasons so definitely committed myself this time :lol: it's such a great hill!
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