Climbing Liathach. Liathach, “the Grey One”, is situated in the heart of the Torridon massif. For “munro-baggers”, it is a testing summit, Meall Dearg, is reputed to be the most difficult 3000ft peak on the British mainland, accessed via a ridge called the “Northern Pinnacles”. It is a dramatic looking mountain made of terraced sandstone, above which the highest peaks are topped with quartzite blocks. Forboding on first aquantiance, there are however some chinks in Liathach’s armour, which has allowed rough but loose routes to develop over time.
Some easy scrambling is to be enjoyed over the exposed Am Fasarinen Pinnacles between the Munros. There is a by-pass path recommended in poor conditions, but this is quite exposed in some bits and erosion has worn the path away in some sections making it crossable only with care. There is well-trodden but very steep terrain throughout. The descent from Mullach an Rathain is also very steep.
Liathach is rated by many mountaineers and hillwalkers as Scotland’s finest mountain, challenged only by An Teallach and the Cuillin of Skye. Its traverse is an expedition that will be remembered forever.
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