Thursday 20th December 2018

Weather/Conditions: Snowless but for a dusting above 900-ish metres. Even still, a tricky, thin verglas coating all over the rock. Made Spidean a' Choire Leith tricky, and the pinnacles less so which were wet rather than icy. Mist moving inand out with breaks.
Distance/Ascent/Time: 11.4km / 1350m / 7h 45m
Accompanying: Alone

A good day on Liathach, and my fourth crossing. I'd had a busy time in the preceding couple of days. The day before, I had a climbing session, a music rehearsal until midnight, then drove to Stirling for a few hours kip before getting up in the small hours to drive to Torridon. It was a long way! But the drive wasn't too bad in the end.

Liathach itself was partly misted in, with snow brushed onto the upper slopes. Not a bad day for it. The snow made the quartzite a bit treacherous but nothing too bad. I'd kind-of forgotten about all the ups and downso n the pinnacles, but there was nothing too hard. I continued along to Mullach an Rathain, another misted in cairn.

And it was nice to be along the ridge again. These things are definitely easier when you know what's coming, and I felt that the ridge would probably have been easier again had there been more snow build up. As soon as snow covers the boulders it would likely go easier. But it's no bad thing to do it in 'awkward' condition.

I headed off the hill in last light, getting into right deep chat about Scottish history, and how the whole picture fitted together. The walk back up Glen Torridon was under an emerging Moon, with the daylight disappearing.

Back to the car, I checked into Kinlochewe Hostel and got a meal. I felt surprisingly good for such a long day (travelling!), and would continue in the morning with Fionn Bheinn, a lone Munro situated above Achnasheen.

Times (Time relative to 0.00)
(0.00) 9.28am Parking
(1.59) 11.27am Stob a' Choire Liath Mhor
(2.33) 12.01pm Spidean a' Choire Leith
(3.59) 1.27pm Am Fasarinen
(4.36) 2.04pm Mullach an Rathain
(7.02) 4.30pm Road
(7.45) 5.13pm Parking
Written: 2019-01-15