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Climbing in the Dark - Beinn Bhan

While 'The Beast from the East' was creating havoc for much of the country I managed to escape out west for a few days. Specifically to the area around Loch Carron, aptly dubbed 'God's Country' by my Dad many years ago. On the first day I was treated to a bit of an epic.

Dave G had a friend up from England, Pat, and after a successful day on Ben Nevis they were planning on having a look in at the awe-inspiring ramparts of Beinn Bhan. They kindly told me that should I wish to make the journey across the country that I was welcome to join them. I had been on the mountain once before a few years earlier having a go at the A'Chioch traverse but a late start and poor snow conditions had turned me back. The impressive architecture and constant spindrift avalanches had left a lasting impression on me and I was keen to return. Thus, I found myself sleeping beside my car in a layby at the start of the Bealach na Ba road.

We started off at 6am and headed towards Coire na P…

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