Date: Saturday 17th November 2018
A great looking weekend forecast. What to do is always hard to choose. With wind speeds potentially brisk and nights now very long we decided on 2 good day walks rather than a camping trip.
Beinn Eighe had been one of this year’s targets for a decent day and we traversed it in late August only for the weather to fall short of predicted giving a viewless, damp clagfest. A good walk, but not the one we wanted.
Parked up in the Ling Hut car park at 0640 – it was surprisingly busy for the small hours of a November Saturday.
Got walking just before 0700, the predawn light was plenty to cover the 2km east along the tarmac to the Beinn Eighe car park at the foot of the Coire an Laoigh path.
Could hear, but not see, redwings passing overhead as we headed uphill.
The path up Beinn Eighe is good quality and fast progress is made. To dark adapted eyes the predawn glow gives good views, although it’s less than needed to take handheld photos at non-punitive ISO.
It was also hot – MWIS had predicted 10-14C at elevation and it was already warm in the sun. Having reached the sunshine we throttled back into plod and enjoy gear.
The climb out of Coire an Laoigh is OK, but the path has washed out on the steep coire headwall leaving a steep ascent up the grass. It’s a fairly quick pull up to the ridge out to Stuc Coire an Laoigh.
Carried on up to the trig point of Spidean Coire nan Clach and then a quick nip out and back to the summit.
Headed onwards down the ridge – enjoying the views that were nearly completely absent just 9 weeks before.
Headed up to Coinneach Mhor – have pondered camping on this lovely mossy top.
From Ruadh-stac Mor reversed route to the bealach and then dropped down into Coire Mhic Fearchair. As usual the right side of the gulley (in descent) is reasonably solid and allows the descent to be fairly straightforward.
Unfortuately, low winter sun doesn’t get into Coire Mhich Fearchair and so we had lost the lovely sunshine.
A cracking day, worthy of spending on such an iconic hill. Certainly redeemed our August error.