Beinn Alligin Traverseby Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com Feb/2013
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One of the true jewels of the north west, Beinn Alligin gives a stunning scrambly horseshoe that takes in two Munros and some exciting ground on the famous Horns of Na Rathanan. The day proves less tricky than the traverse of nearby Liathach, but it's equal in quality and perhaps even better for views. With Torridon's incomparable mountains rising all around you, there can't be many better hill walks in Scotland.
Distance: 6.33 miles (10.19 km)
Total ascent: 1,186m
Steepest Gradient: 62% (1 in 2)
Time: 6 hours (Walking)
Car park near Torridon House, NG868576
Clear paths throughout, quite well engineered in places (thanks NTS). There's some fun grade 1 scrambling on little rock tiers if taking the Horns directly, but all the difficulties are short lived, and this whole section can be bypassed (see route description). A little more light scrambling on the north ridge of Tom na Gruagaich.
A classic grade I winter ridge traverse, and a brilliant first timer's intro to mountaineering ridges.
Weather and Hill Conditions:
mwis: Northwest Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
Infrequent buses connect Torridon and Diabaig with Kinlochewe and Achnasheen
Scotland's Mountain Ridges by Dan Bailey, pb. Cicerone
OS Explorer 428 (1:25,000), OS Explorer 433 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 24 (1:50,000), OS Landranger 19 (1:50,000)
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