|The team on Am Fasarinen pinnacles, Liathach|
|The long ridge of Beinn Liath Mhor|
|Looking west along the ridge with Sgor Ruadh to the left|
|Loch an Eoin under a hot afternoon sun|
|Camp spot near Loch an Eoin with Maol Chean-dearg in the background|
|Liathach, who put all those Torridonian sandstone rocks there?|
|Upper Loch Torridon|
|Beinn Alligin ridge|
|Baosbheinn & the Flowerdale Forest|
|The Horns of Alligin, Beinn Dearg & Liathach|
|Golden brown sunset over Torridon|
|Sunset over Skye & Outer Hebrides|
Windy and chilly on the summit of Beinn Alligin. But the Glow Worm sleeping bag I'm testing from Summiteer kept me cosy, 'Ne'er cast a clout till May be out'! Another beautiful dawn, I could get used to this! Stunning sunrise and what better place to see it from. There are some folk who say that you're not really a mountaineer or hill walker unless you've slept out on a mountainside!
|Sunrising over the Horns of Alligin|
|First light over Sgur Mor & The Horns of Alligin, Slioch beyond|
|Sgur Mor, warming up|
I was back down in Torridon before the first of many folk heading up the hill on Thursday morning. The temperatures seemed to have gone up a notch in the afternoon. It was blazing hot in Torridon. Hard to believe it wasn't that long ago we had snow to low levels for two or three days.
Friday and I was back to work. I was guiding a great group of 7 guys all from the St. Albans area. Dave & his team of adventurers are a fit bunch considering they don't have any mountains in their neck of the woods. They came out with me this same period last year. It was very different weather at the beginning of May 2016. We still had some good snow in The Cairngorms and I took the guys out in winter kit for a grand day out up on the Fiacaill Ridge. No need for all that ironmongery and big boots this year. I talked the boys into a day out on Liathach, possibly the finest mountain on earth (after An Teallach that is).
|The classic view of Lithach|
|The boys on the Munro summit of Spidean a' Choire Leith|
|Looking west to Mullach an Rathain|
We set off under a blazing blue sky and that's the way is was all day. The clarity of air was superb. The company brilliant and on my favourite mountain (2nd), what more could you ask for! Liathach has two Munro summits and may Munro 'tops' but the best and finest features of this 5km ridge line are the Am Fasarinen pinnacles. Fantastic scrambling of around grade 2 if taken direct. There is a traverse path to avoid these but you miss all the fun! The traverse path is in fact quite exposed and is eroded in places.
The guys just loved all the sensational and brilliant scrambling, topped with stunning views. All too quickly the scrambling finishes and it's just a stroll up to the second Munro of Mullach an Rathain. Stunning views from here down to Loch Torridon. Where the cool beers where waiting. But it's not over until the steep descent to the glen. Fantastic day and a big thanks to Ian Herd who was assisting me today.
|Loch Torridon from Mullach an Rathain|
|The team and the Pinnacles|
|Coire na Caime|
Enjoy the rest of this heatwave! If you've never been to Torridon-why not!