Saturday, 22 February 2014

Coire Laoigh, Beinn Eighe

Saturday moning in Glen Torridon was better than expected! Predominantly dry with bright sunny intervals. Heavy going in deep wet snow at lower elevations but around minus two on the tops.
 The East end of Beinn Eighe. Looking uo to the shattered quartzite pinnacles of the Black Carls'. 

A very quiet start to the day. Very few visitors about in the glen. Lovely light and views. Caledonian Pines with Sgurr Dubh above right.

Friday, 21 February 2014

The benefits of local knowledge and a very wet Coire allt an Tuill Bhain on Liathach

A very very wet day in Torridon but yet more snow above 800 metres.
Looking down from around 500 metres on the west end of Liatach to the sheets of rain blowing through the glen.

 Higher up at the profile site during a brief lull in the weather. Snow falling above 800 metres... and lots of it. 

Heavy going from 400 metres where the snow starts. (Even allowing for short legs).

Local knowledge is always useful. SAIS Forecaster Cube talks to Eoghan Maclean, Reserve Manager for the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. Eoghan was involved in Mountain Rescue across Scotland for 38 years till his retirement a few months ago as Torridon Team Leader. 
Thanks to Eoghan and his team for all the support they give to SAIS.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Coire na Ba and avalanche on Beinn Bhan

Very wet and melting at all levels overnight. Snow heading to the sea. 
 The bridge over the Russel Burn, Cioch nose in the background.
However, the temperature dropped rapidly during the morning. Precipitation turned to snow catching several vehicles out on Bealach na Ba road. Cavalry came quickly to the rescue. Thanks!

Looking back down towards Loch Kishorn from about 500 metres on Bealach na Ba road.

Coire na Poite on Beinn Bhan below. Large avalanche observed here about 12.30. 100 metres wide. Debris flowed for at least 20 seconds. What looks like icefalls (lower left centre) is the last remenants flowing down the hill.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

A lovely day on Liathach ridge

Making our way up the 'normal' route from Coire Liath Mhor to the summit ridge. This route is exposed to ice or snow fall during a thaw or in sunny conditions later in the season.

 Looking east to the summit of Stuc a'Choire Dubh Bheag. Small cornices over south facing slopes.
 Looking along the main ridge of Liathach.
Lovely views north-west to Sail Mhor and Beinn na Eoin.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

A grey claggy day

 A brief glmpse of the west end of  the summit ridge of Liathach

Looking east up Glen Torridon. The snow level is about 400m

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Another sunny day

On the south ridge of Creag Dhubh, Beinn Eighe

Some fantastic breakable crust!

East end of Beinn Eighe

East end of Liathach. Can you spot the 15 people on the ridge?

Saturday, 15 February 2014


Up on Liathach today. Lots of snow!!

Hiking up the path in Coire Laith Mhor 

Just before the traverse towards the summit ridge

Spindrift blowing off the summit ridge of Beinn Liath Mhor

Dee going in the snow

Friday, 14 February 2014

A clear day in Torridon!

At last, views of the summits! This doesn't seemed to have happened much lately

Sgurr Mhor

Looking East towards Beinn Eighe

Looking south from the south ridge of Tom na Gruagaich

Liathach this afternoon

View towards Slioch

Saturday, 1 February 2014

A nice sunny but breezy morning in Glen Torridon

 In Spidean Coire nan Clach looking towards the summit ridge of  Beinn Eighe with plumes of spindrift coming of the ridge above.
 A classsic sign of instability on some sheltered North-East facing slopes in the coire

Looking south from Beinn Eighe. Lots of spindrift blowing of the hills in the strong Soth-East winds