Thursday, 17 October 2013

Liathach, Sep'13

Jim lead a group over spectacular Liathach in Torridon in late September. Here's his tale of the day.

I met Stephen, John, Colin and Duncan East of Glen Cottage below the grey buttresses of the huge Liathach massif. The cloud was low with rain showers, but we were decided to go up anyway. Two of our party had not arrived, so we headed up the steep track into corrie Toll’a Mhuic. Then we spotted the car turn into the lay-by and two figures rapidly catching up! After the initial mutterings from the team, having to wait for them; Phillip and Andrew gave their apologies, and then made up for being late with their good banter!

Climbing up through the mist, we gained the summit ridge  (it’s 8km long with 8 tops!), then the first Munro, Spidean a Choire Leith (1054m “Peak of the Grey Corrie”). As we gained the summit, the sun came out, and all the clouds were below us. The views were spectacular as we started over the Fasarinen Pinnacles. These are easily avoided on a traversing path, so some followed Jim over the pinnacles, and the others were in shouting distance on the path below. Throughout the day, we all learnt a lot with Colin being an expert in geology, and Duncan’s knowledge of Flora and Fauna.
On the way to the last Munro, Mullach an Rathain (1023m, “Peak of the row of pinnacles”), over-looking the Northern corries, we experienced Brochan Spectres (our shadows with halos around on the clouds below). Rare photo opportunities!

From our summit it was a long steep descent down on scree and then a wet path to near Torridon below.

More photos are on our Flickr site (with photos of the following day on An Teallach)