Date: Monday 13th April 2009
There are a lot of potential walks we’ve got stored up for good days. One of these was the Graham Beinn a Mhuinidh – the summit of a huge sloping table of land bounded by the Kinlochewe River, Gleann Bianasdail, Gleann na Muice and the Abhainn Bruachaig.
Had fancied climbing this one and returning via Gleann Bianasdail since our camp in April 2007.
Got to Incheril for dawn – there had been significant mist all the way from Inverness – broke free heading over the pass to Glen Docherty – clear beyond.
Torridon looms over Incheril – beautiful in the dawn light.
You could ascend steeply near the Allt Chnaimhean but this would leave a distance on the jumbled tableland on the summit – we’d looked at the Waterfall route on previous walks and felt this would do (Dempster route).
This would be dramatic with a bit more water. There’s a gully to the right that makes for a steep but non-technical ascent.
He shut up when 2 peregrines went screaming overhead – territorial dispute I think. Then a lot of very friendly wildlife – the heather was occupied by a tick hatch – lots of tiny ticks were very enthusiastic to see us.
Made our way over rough ground with outcrops towards the summit area. 2 cairns, the higher is obvious in clear weather.
Great views of Torridon, Slioch and across to Fisherfield.
Followed the crag line northwards over rough ground towards Lochan Fada. Disturbed a group of hinds – they seemed loathe to shift – don’t know how many folks they see.
Eventually reached the stepping stones across Abhainn an Fhasaigh – easy on the day but could be tricky.
A’Mhaighdean and the ridge of Beinn Tarsuinn Chaol – this ridge must be a stunning walk between Beinn Lair cliffs and A’Mhaighdean’s NW ridge 🙂
Golden Eagle soared over but not for long, a raven was trying to land on its back so the eagle sailed of. Ravens did a bit of upside-down flying after this – celebrations perhaps.
Awesome viewpoint – a bit of a “Lost World” feel with no boot prints seen and lots of wildlife on stunning geology.
Well-pleased with this one.