An Ruadh-stac.

3rd November 2012.

I awoke to the usual club meet hangover early on Saturday morning but any tendency to malinger was banished by the stunning morning outside the hut.

inver croft

Inver Croft.

Folk were heading off in various directions but Jules and I had already arranged to go to An Ruadh-stac whilst we were still relatively sober the previous evening.This seems to save a lot of time in the mornings πŸ™‚Β  Richard blagged a lift off us on his way to bag some exotic new square for Geograph along with a couple of esoteric tops to the east of Moruisg.We dropped him off at the end of Loch Sgamhain and then a few miles down the road we spotted our old mucker Alistair booting up in the car park at Achnashellach.We pulled over for a quick gab as we hadn`t seen him since his last Munro party the previous year.

Parked at the usual place at Coulags before heading off up the river and were soon approaching the bothy at Coire Fionnaraich.

Coire Fionnaraich

Coire Fionnaraich

It didn`t seem like 11 years since we last stayed there during the Grand New Year Bothy Tour of 2001 πŸ™‚

Coire Fionnaraich 2001

Coire Fionnaraich 2001

We`d started off in Invermallie where we shared the bothy with the Lochaber Mountain Rescue team on their annual piss up.This seemed to set the tone for the next week πŸ™‚

Sleep was at a premium as the bagpiper managed to stay up all night !

Lochaber MRT piper.

From Invermallie we drove up to Coulags and into Coire Fionnaraich for the next night,some of the party taking a detour via this ditch on the way πŸ™‚

Icy road.

Icy road.

This was on the main Inverness to Kyle road which was pretty treacherous to say the least.If my memory serves me correctly from there we went to Suileag,which was freezing as usual,then Glendhu,followed by a horrendous walk round the loch in waist deep snow drifts to land at Glencoul bothy for New Years Eve.Needless to say we had the place to ourselves .Amazingly the temperature rocketed overnight and the snow had more or less gone leaving us to squelch out along the southern shore of the Loch Glencoul back to Kylestrome the next morning.

Anyway,back to the present.We wended our way up the path to the col pausing briefly toΒ  talk to a local woman from Dornie who had turned back after having been put off by the sight of An Ruadh-stac on reaching the col.It did present an impressive frontage.

Approaching the col.

Approaching the col.

An Ruadh-stac from the col.

Traversing past the lochans after the col…

col

Beinn Damh from the lochan.

Beinn Damh.

Beinn Damh.

Maol Chean-dearg on the way up.

Maol Chean-dearg

Maol Chean-dearg

Despite it`s imposing prescence the face didn`t present any difficulties and we were able to make a more or less direct route up.Not that Jules would have turned back anyway as this was his third attempt as his missus had balked on both previous ocassions.

The eastern corrie of Beinn Damh.

Eastern corrie of Beinn Damh.

Eastern corrie of Beinn Damh.

Some pics from the summit.

Close up of the ridge on Liathach.

Pinnacles on Liathach.

Pinnacles on Liathach.

Looking over the gullies on Sgurr na Feartaig to the hills south of Achnashellach.

Achnashellach hills.

Achnashellach hills.

Myself with the Torridon hills behind.

Torridon hills.

Torridon hills.

Time was getting on though and after something to eat we headed off on a southerly direction leaving the remains of our sandwiches for the ravens that had been present for the last hour.It was pretty hard going down boulder slopes with snow covering the gaps between the rocks.Jules shouted over to me and pointed across my shoulder and on looking round there was a golden eagle flying past about 20 metres away πŸ™‚ Of course Sods Law dictated that my camera had been put away for the day and by the time I whipped it out it was a lot further away.For what it`s worth here`s a grainy eagle shot….

Grainy goldie.

Grainy goldie.

We saw him/her sneaking back for the remnants of our sandwiches πŸ™‚

The least said about the route down to Cnoc na h-atha the better but after that it was straightforward down to the car.Went along to the Strathcarron Hotel and treated ourselves to a few pints before heading back up the road to Inver Croft πŸ™‚

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10 Responses to An Ruadh-stac.

  1. I do get confused sometimes looking at your photos, wonderful though they are πŸ™‚ Snow in June, beautiful sunshine and hot weather in December……!

    • Aaah…the secret is to look at the date at the top of the post πŸ™‚
      I`m afraid I haven`t the oomph to update it on a weekly basis and as a result I`m always at least 6 months behind.Out of special consideration for yourself I promise to try harder and move to the top of the class πŸ™‚

  2. McEff says:

    I never cease to be impressed by the boozy social aspect to your blogs, Alex, But I haven’t decided yet whether a sleepless piper is a good or a bad thing to have in a climbing hut. I would imagine that after a couple of jigs and reels the novelty begins to wear off. That’s a cracking picture of the pinnacles on Liathach, by the way.
    All the best, Alen

  3. I wish I had the stamina for the kind of week you had New Year 2001 but I’m afraid I need my beauty sleep if I’m going up a hill the next day. Come to think of it, I need it anyway! πŸ˜‰

    Superb photos there!
    Carol.

  4. By the way Alex, what’s this about the plans to scrap Sighthill Park and its stone circle in Glasgow? Link to petition against it (which I’ve signed) here:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/glasgow-city-council-should-scrap-their-plans-to-demolish-sighthill-park-and-its-stone-circle

    Carol.

    • I`m very rarely in Glasgow Carol….once in a blue moon maybe.
      I never knew this existed.Looks quite interesting though I suspect it would take a braver man than me to wander round Sighthill at sunset to check the alignation πŸ™‚

  5. It`s probably one of the safer areas as there are a lot of refugees housed there.On the whole they make better neighbours than some of our Buckfast imbibing fellow Weegies.I live out among the coos and sheep `cos I prefer them as neighbours.Better conversations to be had with things with four legs I find πŸ™‚

  6. Couldn’t agree more – I generally prefer animals to people. Or should I say, some of my best friends are animals? πŸ˜‰
    Carol.

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