A scrambly outing at the eastern end of the sprawling Beinn Eighe massif, this is one of the top days out in an area rightly renowned for its ridge walks and scrambles. The traverse of the massif from Creag Dubh to the eastern of Beinn Eighe's two Munros, Spidean Coire nan Clach, takes in several summits and some spectacular airy ridges. Highlight of the day are the Bodaich Dubh, or Black Carls, a rank of shattered quartzite teeth that provide the meat of the hands-on action. A straightforward grade 1 scramble in summer, the Carls present a very different challenge in winter, and are best left to confident mountaineers.
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Distance: 6 miles (9.69 km)
Total ascent: 1,110m
Time: 5 – 6 hours (Walking)
SummitsBeinn Eighe - Creag Dhubh 930 m
Beinn Eighe - Sgurr nan Fhir Duibhe 963 m
Beinn Eighe - Sgurr Ban 970 m
Beinn Eighe - Spidean Coire nan Clach 993 m
Additional InformationStart The Allt a' Chuirn trail leaves the A896 a few hundred metres south of Kinlochewe, NH024609; Finish Car park near Loch Bharrach, NG977578
A well-built path at first. Up on the tops the terrain is rough and stony, and the narrower sections of ridge have an airy feel. In summer the Black Carls are a grade 1 scramble, more exposed than difficult.
In winter conditions the Black Carls become a grade I/II climb, and a rope may be required. Under snow the rest of the traverse is more straightforward, but still needs winter competence. This isn't a route for winter beginners.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Northwest Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
A full circular traverse of Beinn Eighe including both Munros and the Black Carls is described in Great Mountain Days in Scotland (Cicerone)
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by Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com