993 m. |
Translation: Peak of the stony corrie
2000 Beinn Eighe. Quite a few times before – when passing through Glen Torridon – I had seen its scree flanks and had wondered what the northern corries of that giant hill might look like. Now in the late morning of a beautifully sunny late September day Stephanie dropped me off at the car park close to where the Allt Coire an Anmoich crosses the road from Torridon village to Kinlochewe. Vigourously I walked up the well-maintained path into Coire Dubh Mor from where – after an hour of walking – I caught my life’s first glimpse of the Pinnacle Ridge of Liathach’s Meall Dearg. Wow! Soon I reached the fork of the path and continued around the steep flank of Sail Mhor to the entrance of Coire Mhic Fhearchair. The Tripple Buttress is so beautiful from Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair – I paused and marvelled at it. What a corrie!! Soon I had made my way around the loch and started the ascent of the south eastern corner of Coire Mhic Fhearchair where a succession of pools makes for interesting walking. Once above the pools I started the slog up the scree gully during which I met a friendly group of hillwalkers on their way down from Beinn Eighe. When I had reached the bealach I continued to the summit of Ruadh-stac Mor. I took in the views over the plateau stretching out to the north with remote Baosbeinn and its neighbour Beinn an Eoin being just two of the interesting hills protruding from that flat area of high land bordering Loch Maree. Alas, I had to go on since time was scarce: Stephanie was to pick me up from the car park in Glen Torridon in three hours time and I wanted to see more of this grand hill. So back I went to the bealach above Coire Mhic Fearchair and further on to the plateau of Coinneach Mhor. Turning eastward along the main ridge of the hill the bouldery crest, with the rock changing from quartzite to red sandstone and back, soon took me to Spidean Coire nan Clach – the second munro of the day. Again I paused and looking over the vast expanse of Corrie Ruadh Staca I took in the views of Ruadh-stac Mor where I had been a little more than an hour ago and which looked so distant from here. In the other direction the continuation of the ridge to Sgurr Ban and Sgurr nan Fhir Duibhe looked very intersting and rocky. But the day was comming to a close so I turned round and went back along the ridge for a few hundred metres and then walked down the steep path into Coire an Laoigh which brought me back to Glen Torridon at five o’clock. From the plantation at the end of this path I walked back to the car park along the road and Stephanie and Fiona picked me up after I had had some time to look at the corrie of the hundred hillocks on the opposite side of the glen. Beinn Eighe is certainly worth another visit – its eastern parts or the cliffs of Sail Mhor call for another day spent leisurely on this beautiful Torridonian giant. This hill is second to none in Torridon and is only equalled by Liathach who has a very different albeit fascinating almost alpine character.
1991 Start on a partly cloudy day. Long approach through the valley between Beinn Eighe and Liathach. We found of course the plane wrackage parts. And then we saw the Tripple Buttress from Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair – beautiful. We then climbed the steep and slippery chimney towards Ruadh Stac Mor – on the way to it we met a photographer with a huge camera who was waiting for better weather and finer views. We continued towards Coire nach Clach and descended quickly very steep and very fast. That is a great Mountain and Munro No. 2 for me btw.
Description Beinn Eighe is a mountain which is equal in size and stature to Liathach, but very different in appearance. Whereas Liathach is a typical Torridonian mountain of dark sandstone, Beinn Eighe is notable for its ridges and corries of white quartzite. It is a mountain of seven summits, with long curving ridges between them. On the Glen Torridon side, the slopes which sweep down from the summit ridge are covered with quartzite screes, while on the other side of the mountain are four wild and remote corries, Coire Mhic Fhearchair being outstanding for the architecture of its great Triple Buttresses.Both Beinn Eighe's Munros can be climbed in a good long traverse, starting from the A896 road in Glen Torridon. Set out either from the carpark at the foot of the Coire Dubh Mor path and climb north up Coire nan Clach, or from the small wood 2 kilometres up the glen and follow the path up into Coire an Laoigh. Both routes lead to the main ridge close to Spidean Coire nan Clach. Traverse the main ridge of Beinn Eighe westwards for just over 1½ kilometres to a junction of ridges and go north, down to a col at first, to reach Ruadh-stac Mor. The return may be made by reversing the outward route, or by descending from the last col into Coire Mhic Fhearchair and following the path round the west end of Beinn Eighe to reach the Coire Dubh Mor track and Glen Torridon.