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Liathach ( the grey one )

Liathach ( the grey one )


Postby SCOTRAIL DRIVER » Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:45 am

Route description: Liathach, Glen Torridon

Munros included on this walk: Mullach an Rathain (Liathach), Spidean a'Choire Leith (Liathach)

Date walked: 31/05/2010

Time taken: 11 hours

Ascent: 1055m

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This is my first report for a long time ,but have been wanting to bag this hill for a long time so show u one of my climbs
in Toridon the other being Beinn Alligin. As you might have read in one of my posts i was looking forward to climbing trip
with my mate's but the week before we we going to leave i took a hell of sore knee ,rested for a few days then climbed the
Cruachan horse shoe the knee was killing me on the way round ,but i got off and back to the car in 10hours plenty of rest and Ibuprofen,after a weeks rest away we went on fri the 28th May,stopped of at Bridge of Orchy to climb Beinn an Dothaidh , i missed this one last Nov when climbing when the wind and rain made us cut short ourclimb that day.
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When climbing all over the carin it fell down , i rebuilt it with this big pointy stone
we renamed it Stevenson's Point....
:lol:
With one munro done knee tested back to the car more buprofen and headed up to Glen Shiel to walk the south glen shiel ridge on the Sat, a quick stop of at the commando war monument
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My mate's only action they have seen is fighting each other
when its time for one of them to get a round in :-)

Sat morn up early and off to thr ridge.... 7 munros in one walk this will defo test the knee
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This is me on top of Creag a Mhaim the first of the ridge but my second of my trip

also meet this guy at the cairn...... think his name was Matt (munro)
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Matt Munro........

anyway got all 7 bagged and all got off safe and well, an other long day and back to camp site for food , drink, and a good sleep.
Sunday we had a day off before heading to Torridon, packed up tent dried of our stuff , that a nice wee camp site at
shiel bridge right under the 5 sisters...
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The Shiel Bridge Campsite with the 5 sisters of kintail in background...

Next stop on our tour was Torridon and all i can say is W.O.W the drive in from Achnashen from the Ledgowan lodge
our next camping stop was awesome
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Me and the lads out side the Torridon Inn after dinner and one or five drinks
home early Liathach in the morning....

Again early start but this time only 2 of us the othe 2 pals had to head home on the mon as they had work the next day... it was their loss.....
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At the foot of Liathach from the over flow car park

Now this is when me and my pal Gazza had a brainwave that if we walk it from back to front we will not have such a long walk back to the car when we finish the ridge being in the over flow carpark and only having one car now.
So we took the path from the car park and 3hours later we crossed a bridge and started climbing....
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the view of liathach ridge from the path


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the bridge we crossed then we started climbing.....

After about 2 hour climb in the heat we were given view's like this.....
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LOCH TORRIDON

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Gazza looking out at the loch

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Me standing on a stone over the loch.......

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Me pointing over to Beinn Alligin

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Me on the ridge before the climb onto Mullach an Rathain

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Gazza just before the top of Mullach an Rathain

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Gazza and I topped out on Mullach an Rathain
our first munro of the day......

After a short break for food and pic's then we were on our way to our second munro over the ridge and its pinnacles
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the path round the pinnacles for M.C.
or over the top the way we went

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Then a rocky climb to our second munro of the day Spiden a Choire Leith
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Gazza checking our path off the hill

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Me on top of Spiden a Choire Leith

Last look back over the ridge to Mullach an Rathain before heading down
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looking back

Now for the long and slow climb down to what would be the start of the walk
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the climb down

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Down and back at the cairn at the start which is the end of our walk
and a great day on LIATHACH

Time for a change and out for a drink /dinner to top of a fantastic day
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A well earned pint at the end of the day ..........

Chilled out then back to the tent, next day it was Beinn Alligin on my birthday 1st June
now thats another report........ hope you like this one........ :D :D :D
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Re: Liathach ( the grey one )

Postby davidmhodgey » Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:47 pm

mmmm Liathach - my favourite day out :D

Your photo "Me standing on a stone over the loch......." made me feel a bit dizzy
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Re: Liathach ( the grey one )

Postby SCOTRAIL DRIVER » Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:11 pm

the last pic was taken the next day on my birthday, after climbing Bienn Alligin
we found this wee pub
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very nice ,well worth a visit if in the area...
people and food top class.........
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Re: Liathach ( the grey one )

Postby mountain coward » Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:15 pm

The one looking down your descent nearly made me throw up - uuuuughhhh! Don't like the look of my path or the pinnacles! :lol: Anyway, great descriptive photos... on the one looking back up at your descent, whereabouts do you tackle the craggy bits above?
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Re: Liathach ( the grey one )

Postby goth_angel » Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:09 pm

Nice report. You were at the Shiel Bridge campsite same couple of nights we were! Don't remember seeing you though. Got a bit soggy didn't it?

Not sure what gives me the willies more about Liathach, the pinnacles or that bypass path, both look terrifying. :shock:
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Re: Liathach ( the grey one )

Postby Milesy » Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:51 pm

Love the pictures with the loch. :)
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Re: Liathach ( the grey one )

Postby FloozySuzie » Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:33 pm

My Dad is doing work on the roof of the hostel in Torridon tomorrow, so i'm going along with him for the drive. Very excited, i hope the weather is ok.
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Re: Liathach ( the grey one )

Postby SCOTRAIL DRIVER » Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:31 am

HI GOTH
YEP WE WERE IN THE CORNER THE ONE'S WITH THE BARBIE ON FRI NITE
YES WE DID GET A BIT WET ON THE SGSR AND DRYIN OUR STUFF OFF ON THE SUNDAY
MORN BEFORE WE LEFT.
WOT WERE YOU CLIMBING UP THERE?
AND HOW DO YOU GET ON......
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Re: Liathach ( the grey one )

Postby Derek T » Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:52 am

Fantastic pictures! "Gazza looking out at the loch" is stunning - one of the best pictures I've seen in a long time. It would take some seriously mind-bending drugs to get me anywhere near that rock!!!!! :lol:
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Re: Liathach ( the grey one )

Postby FloozySuzie » Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:47 pm

I went today for the first time, and the views literally took my breath away. What is the big hill behind the village called?
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Re: Liathach ( the grey one )

Postby SCOTRAIL DRIVER » Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:44 pm

Hi floozy
Think mmmm Liathach
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