Behind Beinn Eighe

The idea was to ride out behind Beinn Eighe, up into what is one of the most dramatic corries in Scotland. I had walked in years ago, only for the triple buttress of Coire Mhic Fearchair to be hidden in the clag and then passed again, only a silhouette visible beneath the stars having left the ridge late on a short winter afternoon.
It would have been perfect on this day. But my memory of the track was clearly less so. All went well until the path splits - while I am happy to carry the bike where necessary on the way up, it seemed unlikely the descent would make the effort worthwhile. Unsure if things would improve further up, and with the long drive south to make that day, we turned to make the most of the descent from the coll...
...a mix of fast singletrack, waterbars adding spice...
...and the perfect sandstone slabs that are such a feature of the area...
...backed by the snow filled north facing corries of Liathach.
More demanding than the classic descents on the other side of the glen I enjoyed the mix of fast and technical riding despite not reaching our objective.
Next time I will go with rock shoes and rope - Central Buttress and the classic line of Pigott's Route the objective.

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