Saturday, 22 May 2010

Beinn Dearg (Torridon) Sunday 16 May 2010

 Beinn Dearg from Coire Mhic Nobuil

What a belter of a hill !
Had weeks holiday in Kinlochewe and this Corbett was always going to be the first day out in the hills.
This hill was resurveyed in 2008 as was thought it might actually be a Munro but turns out is only one metre short !!!
We started at the car park at Coire Mhic Nobuil and followed the path on the E side of this river which goes round by the horns on Beinn Alligin and up towards the Bealach a' Chomhla.

Beinn Alligin and the horns from the approach path

Just before the bealach we turned to climb the west spur of Stuc Loch na Cabhaig which is very steep and craggy near the top.

Looking up the ascent of Stuc Loch na Cabhaig

Baosbheinn & Loch na h-Oidhche from ascent ridge
From the top of this ridge it was an airy ridge walk with some easy scrambling to the summit of Beinn Dearg.
Looking towards the Summit from Stuc Loch na Cabhaig
After leaving the summit we continued along the ridge SE where we had the rocky steep decent of what Peter Barton describes in his book, Torridon: A walkers guide, as the enemy, we had a few other adjectives for it but enough said.There are three rocky towers to descend if doing the ridge W to E which must be descended by turning into face the rock, according to the SMC Corbett guide this can be bypassed on the south but that looks like steep grass ledges and I prefer to cling to solid rock, thank you.

Myself after the enemy descent
Continued along the ridge to the final top called Carn na Feola which is a great viewpoint of the whole mountain and surrounding hills.

The Ridge of Beinn Dearg

View from Carn na Feola N towards Baosbheinn & Beinn as Eoin

From this top it is a steep descent S down torridonian sandstone terraces back to meet the path beside the Coire Mhic Nobuil and the long walk out back to the car park. But what a great day and start to my hols.

Video is taken after downclimb of "The Enemy"

1 comment:

  1. Ahh fantastic as always Eth and great vid as well thanks for share.