Looking back 40 years ago – Sept 1978 Beinn EIghe, Liathach and a lost bag on Liathach so no Ben Alligin.

I have been reading my old diaries last night and found on this weekend 40 year ago I was with the RAF Kinloss MRTwere at Kinlochewe in Torridon, staying in the old hall now a cafe. I was on the hill with a few troops Les Boswell, Berty Bertywhistle, Rod Stoddart and Mark Sinclair, we had planned to climb the Trilogy of peaks and all the tops of Beinn Eighe, Liathach and Beinn Alligin. A big day in any book but carrying the kit we used to carry was bonkers. It is late in  the year and starting to get dark early as many know now. . It was a great day but we ran out of time when one of the troops dropped his bag on Liathach. Not the place to drop a bag and it took all the time to stop them running after it a bag can be replaced! t must have been Les or Rod as I mention they went back to get it next day whilst we  went climbing back into Beinn Eighe and did the Ordinary route! We must have been mad. When I look back I think we were mad but next year I did all the peaks with RAF Valley MRT in a crazy day as did 12 of the team in the end on three separate days.

Few do all the tops on Beinn Eighe or Liathach most chase the Munro’s but what adventures they can give, The Munro top on Liathach can be interesting  but be careful there is a lot of loose rock about, it’s better in winter when the Northern pinnacles are Alpine and a big day in any book. When you climb these tops you see so much more of the mountains and what viewpoints usually away from the crowds.

I love the Munro Tops and how many miss their magic?

197 – Liathach – Am Fasarinen summit  927 metres – another stunning route follow the ridge crest.

192 – Beinn Eighe – Sail Mhor summit – 980 metres. This is well worth a visit just for a different aspect of Beinn Eighe and the Triple Buttress and the “Ugly step.”

193 –   Beinn Eighe – Sgurr Ban  – 970 metres, The Black Carls how many tops on this mountain? Sadly how many miss them.

Liathach not the place to run after a bag!

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to Looking back 40 years ago – Sept 1978 Beinn EIghe, Liathach and a lost bag on Liathach so no Ben Alligin.

  1. Rod Stoddart says:

    I am pleased to say that for once it wasn’t mine Rod

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