Horns of Alligin Winter Traverse - Wild Weather in Torridon

Route: Beinn Alligin

Munros: Sgurr Mor (Beinn Alligin), Tom na Gruagaich (Beinn Alligin)

Date walked: 09/03/2019

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 11km

Ascent: 1110m

Video below

We finally received some snow on the mountains after the warmest February on record- GAME ON! :thumbup: But where to go? Glen Coe? The Ben? DUBAI? Naaah! Let's drive 6 hours in a manky minvan with the most uncomfortable and unadjustable seats in the world all the way up to Torridon for a wee 'muck about' on Beinn Alligin!! Deal :wink:

My brother and I set off straight from work on the Friday afternoon, arriving at the Beinn Alligin car park in darkness. We had a bite to eat, a wee glass of single malt, then settled in for an Abhu Ghraib'esque nights rest.

We got up after 6, had some breakfast, had a pleasant wee chat with a guy from Ireland who had settled in the area (lucky), then we set off through the forest towards Beinn Alligin.
Approaching the footbridge

We cut off from the usual trail up the horns to check out the situation around the back in Deep South Gully; a route we hoped would have enough snow for an ascent. But alas! It had nowt :cry:
Deep South Gully with less snow on it than a snow cone. Pants.

And so, plan B it was then. A winter traverse of The Horns of Alligin and the two munro's of Sgurr Mor and Tom na Gruagaich in often foul, but sometimes pleasant weather. Enjoy!

Beinn Dearg looking lovely

Sgurr Mor

Beinn Dearg and beyond

Beinn Dearg left. Liathach right

Approaching The Horns

The walk up to the first Horn

The view back to The Horns of Alligin. Nice!

Getting down from the winter storms

Beinn Dearg left. Beinn Eighe middle. Liathach right.

On the left you can see the big scar on Sgurr Mor, known as Leum na Caillich apparently.

Looking back up our descent route, Coir nan Laogh

After what turned out to be a truly epic adventure, we decided that we'd deserved to not have to spend another night in that minivan and so we set off to find some flat ground to set up a tent. And we found an ideal spot right across from Liathach-
Our cosy lodgings for the second night- stuff sleeping in that minivan again!

The view of Liathach from the tent

Some sirloin steaks, potatoes, and a bottle of Talisker Storm (very appropriate) saw us through til morning when we'd return to the central belt to endure life til the next trip.
Din dins!

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Attachment(s) Munros: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn), Stuc a'Chroin
Date walked: 08/09/2018
Distance: 14.5km
Ascent: 1145m
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