On a cool but dry and bright morning two weeks ago, Colin and Paul set off to do a round of the Torridon Munros over Liathach, Beinn Alligin and Beinn Eighe. Here’s what happened.
The Go Further team have been talking about attempting this route for a while but we somehow haven’t found the right amount of time in the right month. But this year everything fell into place. We started at the east of end of Beinn Eighe near Kinlochewe to gain the knife-edge arrete of Creag Dubh (907m). From here the undulating ridge makes for fabulous running broken by some spectacular scrambling over the Bodaich Dubh – the famous Black Carls. From here the route turns due west over two tops before the first two Munros of the day – Spidean Coire nan Clach and Ruadh-stac Mor. From here we chose a colossal scree-run descent into the spectacular Coire Mhic Fhearchair which is one Torridon’s finest features.
A good path runs west then south from the corrie before we crossed rough ground towards Liathach. Any ascent of this giant is sheer but the sharp north facing shoulder of Spidean a Choire Leith offers more than 500m of rocky steps, easy scrambling and punishing steepness. This is the highest peak in Torridon and we were rewarded with breathtaking views over the whole of the range. The central section of the ridge gives Liathach a fearsome reputation but the bypass path gives beautiful running on sandy paths to some easy scrambling over the last pinnacles to two tops and Mullach an Rathain – our fourth Munro.
We were both looking forward to the undulating descent west from the ridge but the broken and trail-less ground we covered towards the river that divides Liathach from Beinn Alligin gave the hardest miles of the whole day. Somehow tired legs find descents hardest of all. Overall, we descended more than 850m before we started to climb the steep south-east shoulder of Beinn Alligin’s Sgurr Mor. From here it was a case of gritting our teeth for the final 120m ascent to Tom na Gruagaich – the sixth Munro of the day.
Our route is just short of 20 miles but crams in well over 3,000m of total ascent. The mixture of easy scrambling, spectacular ridge running, remote and wild country gives a hard but stunning route. We completed the round in just under 8 hour 45 minutes. Sometimes the best challenges are on your doorstep.
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