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Beinn Alligin not so alone!

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

Date walked: 27/09/2020

Time taken: 4 hours

Ascent: 1200m

Thought I'd stick up a walk report to mark being over 70% through my Munros and Munro top adventures at 360 total Munro tops. Starting to feel like I'll finish soon and that's worrying!

Up in Contin for a long weekend and the weather proved too good to not get a Munro or two in. I'd been eyeing Beinn Alligin for a while and had watched the Munro Show (90s?) where they walk the route East to West taking in the Horns first. I reckon this is a great way to do it as you're nice and fresh at the start where things are a bit more difficult.

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First view of the ascent

The route started with a local shouting at two chaps for parking on the verge. To be fair to them, there was a passing place 5 metres away so they weren't holding anyone up. I jogged in the first 2.5km (why did I wear boots?) until it steepened. The ascent is surprisingly straight up and well worn!

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Looking at future adventures

You quickly gain views out across Torridon. I was quite glad to have ascended this route on a sunny day!

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Ascent to the first Munro, just have to pass the horns!

The first views of the horns. Exciting. I spotted a couple ahead, I don't know why but this always makes me walk faster. Plus I wanted to get in front to catch views of them descending the horns. Little did I know there were plenty folk out.

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Past the first Horn and watching others navigate it

Glad to catch them descending. In my opinion this one was actually the hardest to descend as there were a few overhanging bits. Fun though.

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Looking on to the final Horn

Onwards to the next horn which was a fun scramble up. I did a tricky move under a ledge then got up and saw a much easier route up. Doh. Spotted some guys coming down from the final horn which looked fun. Descending from the second one was quite tricky with a few routes. I did a kind of zig-zag to get down but it did require turning into the rock.

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Watching the guys ascend the second horn as two others skirt around it

Looking back I saw the guys ascending it with ease. Another pair skirted around it. To be honest, the rocks felt much safer than any sloping grassy ledge but each to their own!

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Love having people for scale!

The guys on the second Horn. Chuffed to get this shot. Thanks gents!

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Baosbheinn looks stunning. One day!

The views out from here are stunning. I love how barren the Northwest is. Descending from the final horn was fun. A good bit of decision making. At one point I considered lowering down a chimney only to find out from two ladies later that they were watching my descent and willing me away from that route! Senses prevailed and again I picked a zigzag route down.

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Watching folk ascent the 'first' but my last Horn

Looking back on the epic horns. I won't be forgetting these any time soon. Some really fun mild scrambling and the odd spot of light exposure. Brilliant. From here on it was an easy walk onto the two Munros.

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Torridon ya beauty

Looking back over the fun part of the hike. Great to see so people enjoying the hills. Always love having a wee chat with people as you cross paths. At the top I chatted to a local who could see their house from the summit. I couldn't help feeling envious. Despite hiking alone I felt quite sociable!

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Whoever this looked so chuffed!

My last picture before I put my camera onto a stupid setting! I caught someone taking in an epic view. From there I walked / half-jogged over the final Munro and down the path. I was quite happy to be descending a nice gradual well made path. Made for a rapid descent.

I was chuffed to get the route done in under 4 hours despite all the chatting to walkers and photography and be off to pick up my partner who had patiently been waiting in a cafe! I'd definitely recommend going East to West as it's easier to descend the well made path.

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Activity: Mountaineer
Gear: Trail running shoes
Camera: Sony A6300 10-18mm

Munros: 210
Corbetts: 8
Grahams: 1
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2020

Trips: 1
Ascent: 1200m
Munros: 2

2019

Trips: 2
Distance: 28.2 km
Ascent: 2560m
Munros: 3


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