Munro Adventure 2015 Day 94 ( 2nd August ) Alligin and Liathach – Tom na Gruagaich Sgurr Mhor Spidean a’ Choire Leith Mullach an Rathain

DAY 94 ( 2nd AUGUST )
Alligin and Liathach.

Beinn Alligin Map

Beinn Alligin Map

Tom na Gruagaich (922m, Munro 268)’rounded hill of the maiden’

Sgurr Mor (986m, Munro 162) ‘big peak’
Spidean a’Choire Leith (1055m, Munro 75) peak of the grey corrie’
Mullach an Rathain (1023m, Munro 108) 

‘summit of row of pinnacles’

Liathach :
‘the grey one’

I was parked up in a car park in Kinlochewe again last night and enjoyed a meal provided by Jake in his VOJ , we then went and joined the rest of the MMC for a few sociable drinks in the bunkhouse . My plans for today was to climb the Alligin hills on my own in the morning, then meet up with Jake at 12 to do Liathach together. The forecast was reasonable for today so I set off at 8am and drove down to the car park at the foot of Coire Mhic Nobuil and set off at 8.30.

The Eag Dubh

The Eag Dubh

I wasn’t going to do the circuit going over the horns today just the strait forward route up the Coir nan Laogh, the start of the path was wet and muddy but improved as it got higher up . I had a look at the famous STOLEN RIDGE route first ascended by Jake Lee and Loud Jenny Graham on a MMC bus meet a couple of years ago.

Th e Stolen Ridge on Alligin a fun way up!.

Th e Stolen Ridge on Alligin a fun way up!.

I decided against it and continued up into the Coire where there is path works in progress almost to the very top , once on the col it’s not far to Tom na Gruagaichs cairn which sits right on the edge of the cliffs , the top was clear but Sgurr Mhor being slightly higher was just in cloud . It’s quite a steep rough descent to the low point and the path up to the summit is a bit eroded in places , passed the spectacular Eag Dhubh and onto the now clear Sgurr Mhor , the weather was improving all the time and all the Torridon hills were in view now. I then just reversed the route back to the van passing about 10 hikers making there way up. Drove back up the Glen to meet Jake and arrived in the car park at 11.45 and had a early lunch, he arrived bang on time.



Jake last seen with a jaunty hat in Torridon!


Lithach map Munros

Lithach map Munros

The sun was shining and it was warm what a change from yesterday , we started the ascent on the path follows the line of the Allt an Doire Ghairbh way up into the coire it’s a very good path but consistently steep until onto the summit ridge then a couple of false tops before getting to Spidean a’Choire Leith.

Looking along the Liathach Ridge

Looking along the Liathach Ridge

The whole ridge and the pinnacles were in full view in front of us but today we were just going to take the bypass paths on the S side but even they have a fair bit of exposure . The weather was changing now and dark skies were appearing as we got to Mullach an Rathain.

Summit of Mullach an Rathain.

Summit of Mullach an Rathain.

A few photos then set off down the steep Coire and a 1000m descent to the road far below and a final 1.5 mile walk back to the van, again perfect timing the rain came on within 5 minutes and continued on and off for the rest of the evening. A superb day out today in this wonderful area.


Today’s totals:11.99mls,2475m ascent,7hrs 53mins.

277 Munros to date. Getting there.

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About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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