Saturday, 12 January 2013
14.3 km/943 m/06:00 hrs
Corbett: Beinn Bhàn (No. 41)
The weather on the west coast continued to be very good, and I decided to climb another Corbett in the same area as Fuar Tholl two days previously. I parked in the large lay-by a few hundred metres W of Tornapress, crossed the bridge and followed the path leading N along the River Kishorn.
Soon the various buttresses and corries on Beinn Bhàn’s E flank came into view, with the most impressive one, A’ Chioch, in the centre.
Maol Chean-dearg and An Ruadh-Stac.
Beinn Damh, and the snow covered tops of Liathach just visible behind it on the left.
At the ford across the Allt Coire na Poite I left the path and continued up the slopes towards Lochan Coire na Poite.
Lochan Coire na Poite.
Sandy beach below Coire na Poite and another buttress, A’ Phoit, on the right.
My planned ascent route was the grassy slope at the head of Coire an Fhamair, and I was hoping that the snow cover at the top wouldn’t cause me any problems.
Crags between A’ Phoit and the main ridge.
The S face of Sròn Coire an Fhamhair.
My ascent route turned out to be steeper than it had looked from below.
When I reached the snow line I put MicroSpikes on to get a better grip on the frozen ground. But even with the spikes, it was a struggle to climb to the top, holding on to rocks or patches of grass wherever possible…
It was quite a relief to emerge out of the corrie onto the wide plateau, and to arrive in the sunshine at last after climbing up in the shade.
The N end of Beinn Bhàn’s summit plateau with Loch na Beinne Bàine.
Sròn Coire an Fhamhair, and the Torridon hills on the skyline (Beinn Alligin in the centre).
Liathach and Beinn Eighe (zoomed).
The neighbouring Corbett Sgurr a’ Chaorachain – it is possible to combine the two, but the connecting ridge is supposed to be very rocky and slow going, and I didn’t have enough daylight left for that.
On the way to the summit.
Cornice at the edge of the summit plateau.
Beinn Bhàn summit.
Large cornice S of the summit area.
For the descent I followed the easy SE ridge.
Loch Coire nan Arr.
The lower part of the ridge was very boggy and slippery, and I was glad when I reached solid ground again, but after that it was only a short walk along the road back to my car.