Beinn Alligin - winter
by davgil » Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:48 pm
Route description: Beinn Alligin
Munros included on this walk: Sgurr Mor (Beinn Alligin), Tom na Gruagaich (Beinn Alligin)
Date walked: 19/03/2011Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
The weather for Torridon was to be dry but cold and windy for our trip, planned several weeks before.
My friend on this trip was testing her ice axe and crampons for the first time so safety took precedence over any
pre-determined goals or summit bagging. Weather and conditions were kind to us for most of the ascent and for
her first walk with winter kit she was doing very well and loving the grip and stability of the crampons
Winds became quite strong as we approached the first summit of the day, Tom na Gruagaich, 922m.
We couldn’t even stop for a photo due to the bitter cold wind and continued down the other side for some shelter,
a photo and a bite to eat. We huddled together in the lee of a large boulder to enjoy some much needed food and drink.
Looking back up towards Tom na Gruagaich
Our views ahead of the ridge walk to to Eag Dubh and Sgurr Mhor with the horns in the distance.
Off again and heading downhill before the ascent to the summit of our second Munro of the day, Sgurr Mhor 986m.
Before the summit however we passed the dramatic gully of Eag Dubh (can you see the face?)
As we reached it we were blasted with gale force winds hammering up the gully showering us with fine particles of ice cutting into our faces whatever direction we faced. Getting a photo here was quite a task but with camera soaked and faces stinging we managed a few
Onto the summit now and decision time!
Should we make the journey over to the horns or retrace our steps.
The unknown difficulty of the horns was a concern to us in the wintry conditions, realising that if we reached them
and decided not to tackle them then our journey back would be partly in darkness.
Decision was made to leave them for another day and be content with our two Munros.
Views opened up only briefly for us during the day tempting us back in better weather.
We arrived back at the Torridon Inn (highly recommended) having taken advantage of their cut price room offer
where we could relax and recover, more from the early start (3.00am) than any difficulty on the hills.
We had a most relaxing, enjoyable evening compared to the alternative long drive home.
An enjoyable first visit for us both to the Torridon hills!
Another one that will definitely be repeated!
by trekpete » Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:04 pm
by TheOldCodger » Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:46 pm
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by Scott69 » Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:04 am
This may sound strange but when I done them last year (going in the same direction) the worst part wasn't the horns as such but more getting down to the path out from the last one...I could see that being quite akward in iced up conditions.
That said...two bagged and a cracking day for it
by Alastair S » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:03 am
Like me you got the best of the last of the winter's snow, but unlike me you managed to bag your hill. Well done - & no doubt a good call on the Horns. I turned round too (but due to cloud & rain) so I've still got that pleasure to come.
by jonny616 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:42 pm
by davgil » Fri Apr 08, 2011 1:00 pm
Both Munros were relatively easy and the weather was quite mild apart from the odd gale force blasts around the summits.
I thought the horns would pose a real challenge in the conditions so no regrets in leaving them for another day.
Good excuse to get back up there anyway
by Graeme D » Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:33 pm
by davgil » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:28 pm
I'm hoping for a day like you had on my next visit!