Climb of Maol Chean Dearg (2nd in Torridon, 21st munro)

After a lengthy time apart (due to work and birth of my 2nd daughter), the Irish-Czech duo were back in the hills on Saturday 22 April. Our last climb was Suilven up in Sutherland way back last September. We met in Cumbernauld and took to the road at the once again sleepy hour of 1am for Torridon.

Route

We used the familiar route up the A9 to Inverness then onto the A835 towards Ullapool cutting off at Garve onto the A832 cutting off at Achnasheen onto the single track A890 to Balnacra. Journey time approx 4 hours.

Weather

As per the Met office forecast, visibility was very good with broken cloud generally above munro level. Winds were light while traversing the 6km of largely flat, lower terrain but as we ascended Maol Chean Dearg, winds picked up and so the wind chill became noticeable. Near to the rocky summit, there was a thin coating of snow. Winds blew out of the east at gale-force and with an air temp around -1 to -2C, windchill was around -11C. Not pleasant when our hands were out of gloves taking pictures.

Mountain: MAOL CHEAN DEARG (Elevation: 3060 feet)

Located just south of Loch Torridon near Balnacra and Achnasheen.

MBA Bothy at Coire Fionnaraich! One of the many places located in the remotest parts of the Highlands which provide free overnight accommodation and shelter for climbers.

A wee stroll inside my first bothy. Guest book dates back to 1987!

Just love the shapes, colours, landscape of Torridon.

Looking north to Liatach.

Looking across to Skye as skies closed in.

Mighty Liatach, conquered last June.

Summit No 21!

Summit selfie! Yes, there was a cold wind…

Here’s Petr’s video from another great trip. Be sure to subscribe to his page!

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Rick Knapton

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