a post munro bimble on ben damh

Fri, Jun 17, 2011

Having finished the Munros, I thought I’d jump in the Mojo Mobile and head up the road to Torridon for a bimble up Ben Damh, a fine Corbett indeed and fit for a post Munro wander. I parked at the Torridon Inn and headed up the superb stalkers’ path towards Toll Bàin. The start of the path at the Torridon Inn

The fork in the path

It gets very eroded and wet just before it pops onto the ridge then a fine dander up the side of the 868m point where it peters out before reappearing on the final ridge to the summit.

The summit of Ben Damh

I sat on the top for an hour, out of the slight breeze and listening to wind devils in the rocks, most interesting indeed. The views over the Achnashellach hills was most wondrous to behold.

Maol Cheann Dearg and An Ruadh Stac from the summit

There were a couple of walkers behind me who just seemed to disappear. I suspect they turned back where the path ended and funnily enough, while I chucked the gear in the car back at the Inn, they came up to me and asked if they’d seen someone up on the ridge. They’d seen them descend another ridge then disappear, fearing they might have fallen over the cliff. That was me I told them, then I asked them about the disappearing couple and they said that was them!

On the way back as the weather was a bit dreich, I decided to save Sgurr na Bana Mhoraire for another day and instead on a whim went down the Creagan na h-Iolaire ridge (Eagle rocks). It was a good decision. Easy slopes interspersed with short vertical walls which I either downclimbed or circumvented and the drops into Coire Roill were most impressive, especially when seen down a narrow gully, standing on very wet and slippery grass!

Sgurr na Bana Mhoraire from the first top

The sun came out as I dropped into Toll Bàn near its head next to the impressive amphitheatre of the coire wall. It’s a fantastic place, all green and flat and would make a superb camp spot. Springs abound on the lower western slopes of Creag na h-Iolaire and the cliffs of the headwall look interesting for winter exploration. All in all a most refreshing day out.

You can see all the pics here.