Heavy flooding take care – Yet on the west the Torridon MRT have a great days training.

Watch the rivers!

Watch the rivers!

My thoughts are with all those struggling after the awful weather, flooding and all the Agencies involved in the assistance all over the UK. No matter what we do it proves that nature rules and life will be hard for many at this time. My thoughts are with them. How the weather changes in a day and every day every year can be so different. Watch the water if out especially on the roads drive with care, there will be plenty of water about.

1995 the Cairngorms climbing in Dec a great day i Plenty of snow.

1995 the Cairngorms climbing in Dec a great day  Plenty of snow then.

These photos were taken 20 years ago and how things change and we all do? I hope the weather improves but it looks unsettled yet over on the West my pal Ryan was on the classic Liathach with the Torridon and Kinlochewe Mountain Rescue Team on a traverse of this great mountain in what looked a great winters days  training.

2015 dEC Ryan Lithach photo Torridon MRT

2015 Dec Photo  Ryan Mc Lean  Liathach photo Torridon MRT

The West Coast Torridon

Liathach is rated by many mountaineers and hill walkers as Scotland’s finest mountain, challenged only by An Teallach and the Cuillin of Skye. Its traverse is an expedition that will be remembered forever. In winter it is an exceptional journey that takes you on a journey through some incredible scenery and a rope can be handy especially in the winter.


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Well-trodden but exceedingly steep terrain throughout. There is mild rock scrambling en-route to the ridge, and awkward bouldery terrain along it. The path round the Am Fasarinen pinnacles is very exposed, requiring a good head for heights, and the descent from Mullach an Rathain includes steep scree.  In winter  the ridge an be alpine it is an expedition to test the unwary and its corries hold so many ice routes it may take you a lifetime to complete them all. The long walk in and the steep ground deters many but what a place to be with the views of the other Torridon greats Beinn Eighe and Beinn Alligin and to the sea and Skye. There are many other ways up the hill and the Northern Pinnacles in winter are an exceptional day and few venture into this wild place in winter apart from the winter climber.

The wild Northern pinnacles

The wild Northern pinnacles a wonderful place to be.


The Torridon team covers the area between Loch Maree in the north and Loch Carron in the south, and from Applecross in the West to Achnasheen in the East. This is a remote and wild area.  This includes some of the most spectacular mountains in Scotland – with Liathach, Beinn Eighe and Beinn Alligin being especially popular. In all there are 17 Munros (mountains over 3000′) and 12 Corbetts (mountains over 2500′) within their area of search.

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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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