A night spent at the Kinlochewe Hotel Bunkhouse gave Donald and I time to dry kit, refuel and plan. An easier day would be appropriate as I was now in full flu mode. Donald hadn’t done any routes on Liathach, so it seemed like an obvious choice. However, unable to shirk a challenge, I had my eye on Test Department in Coire Dubh Mor.
Walk in’s Torridon style can be epic, but this again is fairly amenable with an excellent track followed by a pleasant rising traverse into the corrie…unless you have the legs of an 80 year old!
It turned out Test Dept wasn’t formed so we opted for Salmon Leap, which I’d done before but in much thinner condition.
Salmon Leap VI,6 Liathach
The day was punctuated by romping up free standing pillars, sheets of blue and grooves of chewy ice. The normal crux was about grade IV, the crux on the day was the direct exit, which was thin vertical climbing and unprotected for 30ft or so. Another great day in God’s country, which I am now paying for in my sick bed!