Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Torridon rock.... in the wet.... :-)

Yesterday I persuaded Guy to come for an adventure in Torridon. We drove up and camped in the Beinn Eighe car park (unfortunately litter strewn after the summer) late last night. I was woken by rain pounding on the tent most of the night but undeterred we got up early and made the long walk in to the Triple Buttresses of Coire Mhic Fhearcair. We were rather soggy by the time we scrambled up through the sandstone tier onto the left end of Broad Terrace and traversed to the foot of East Buttress Ordinary Route. The quartzite looked good but neither of us had been here before (and we hadn't bothered to take a guidebook) so we each ran a pitch out before shortening in the rope to move together up the rest of this fine, juggy route. Although it was sleeting and breezy the rock felt rough and secure (through my gloves) and the route itself only took and hour. I'd never climbed Ruadh Stac Mor so we took a half hour detour in a heavy shower of hail and snow before dropping back into the coire to head for the car. We met one other walker pulling up to the bealach on our way down otherwise, funnily enough, we had the hill to ourselves.

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