Sorting out the gear after a grand day in Torridon. Beinn Eighe poem.

Thanks for all the comments on my lost phone on Beinn Eighe some funny some not  I was not going to let it spoil a good day. I reported the loss on line to the Police and got a lovely reply by email that was by the sounds of it from someone who loves the West as much as I do!  It was a pretty  strange day yesterday with snow falling and hail at sea level and the roads snowy in the morning yet many had a great day out on the hills, while I tried to sort out my gear. I dry my gloves and empty the rucksack and especially check my crampons for any damage and maybe give them a sharpen?  Top tip!

Crampons on / helmet on check them after use?

Crampons on / helmet on check them after use?

My hands were so cold at the weekend maybe I was taking so many photos and had them bare a lot and I have suspect fingers after trips to Denali (Alaska) and the big Himalayan mountains and have to watch them. I had to stop a few times especially when walking with ski poles as it hard for the circulation and the hands need a shake to keep them warm. As I said in my blog it was a bitter cold day on Saturday and we had to be careful with any exposed skin in the high wind – chill.  Lots of gloves are so the way forward and carry a spare pair in case you drop one I have a pair one on each shoulder under my jacket when I climb, top tip?

What wet gloves and - 10 can do!

What wet gloves and – 10 can do! This was in Canada and meant that the climbing holiday was over after 1 day out!

I have a busy week with a friend visiting so will not get out into the hills till maybe Friday and the weekend. I also have a visit to ARI hospital on Thursday hopefully my last one to see the specialist. Life is so much better and though by no means fit great to be getting out again and seeing the glory of winter.


I will have to go back soon and visit the incredible Coire Mhic Fhearchair this winter a wonderful place full of so many memoires.

Beinn Eighe poem Oct 2012

Unseen from the road, the majestic cliffs are hidden.

The long walk, views expanding as we climb.


Liathach brooding in the mist, is watching?

As usual we meet a family of deer

They have been there for many years

What have they seen?

2010 Beinn Eighe Stag June in mist

Great cliffs sculptured by time and nature.

Wreckage, glinting in the sun.



This is a wonderful poignant place.

Only too those who look and see.

How mighty is this corrie?

This Torridon giant Beinn Eighe.

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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