Torridon, not exactly what we had in mind.
You’re right, it’s probably entirely down to the time of year. Did the same route last june, the climb from coulags bothy up to the loch was rideable up to the last wee bit, possibly 20 mins pushing?.
The descent down through Coire Lair to Achnashellach is an absolute scream!.
Going back again this June, Can’t wait.Posted 6 years ago13thfloormonkMember
Hard luck, we (me and Robgarrioch) did it last May, even then there were a couple of boggy bits, but I definitely wouldn’t call it purgatory.
Kudos for visiting the wilder trails at this time of year though, I aim for the May/September windows of opportunity and leave them well alone most of the rest of the time!Posted 6 years ago
Ah well. Did a loop from Annat/Loch Damh/Glashnock/Tullich/Coulags/Loch An Eion/Annat. 27 miles of which approximately 14 were pushing. The hike-a-bike from Coulags to Loch An Eion is definately NOT worth the d/h to Annat.Posted 6 years ago
Ok, so we went at a bad time, what with after all the snow melt & rain it was an absolute bog-fest with very little in discernable tracks between the South end of Loch Damh & Tullich. Unfortunately we didn’t have the option of going any other time this year.
There’s doing a ride & it being an ‘epic’, & there’s doing a ride & it being ‘purgatory’. That was the latter.billyboySubscriber
Did Coulags to Annat on a fine September day last year. The climb was hike-a-bike for the most part although two lads behind me were making a passable go at it on their bikes.
I thought the down to Annat was brilliant, especialy the slick rock bits. I have to admit to walking bits because I was on my own, I’m not the most skilled rider, and I figure why ruin a good day out by breaking a limb or worse?
Maybe it was because it was totaly clear and the wonder of the Torridon hills vamped it up for me!!!!
Most Kenny Wilson routes I’ve done have been hike-a-bikes, this wasn’t too bad.Posted 6 years agoHeather BashMember
Beware the dotted line 😉
The route to Tullich is indeed sh1t but I’ve pushed over far worse. Haven’t a clue what you’re on about on the other section.
Agree with 13th FM. Dont mind driving up there in midsummer and taking a punt on dry trails with the sun overhead but what did you expect at this time of year?Posted 6 years ago
As I said, we probly did it at the wrong time but due to shift work & other commitments, this was it, now or never (this year at least & we’d already called off last year cos of a sh!te forecast)
I’ve also pushed over far worse, just not for as long.
So I take it that you wont be back then?Posted 6 years ago
Don’t think I actually said that &, never say never.
In the words of Arnie….’I’ll be back’ But I’ll speak to Gordymack first!BeagleboySubscriber
Hey, to be fair to Kenny Wilson’s route guides, he can actually ride them. I’ve watched in admiration and envy as he’s disappeared into the distance on a fully rigid singlespeed whilst I and the rest of the group have flapped and flailed about on everything from superlight XC hardtails to full-sus wonder bikes. 😳
Also, as someone else pointed out, May is probably the best time to hit this route…..at least I hope so. A bunch of us are going up there in mid-May to ride it! 😆
BeagyPosted 6 years agosteviousMember
I did it last Oct when it was a bit damp but not totally gopping.
Ended up pushing about 50% of the climb from Coulags and was really starting to think that it couldn’t be worth it near the top. Saw what I thought was a really big buzzard come in and land about 15m away from me. When it took off again I realised I was actually just 15m away from a Golden Eagle.
That, and the descent down to Annat made it worthwhile for me.Posted 6 years agoNorthCountryBoyMember
Shame you didnt enjoy the ride. We did it in a group of 5 in May 2009 one of my fav rides of all time. The route was all pretty much rideable from Coulags up past the bothy to where it steepens for the corie. I thought the decent back down to Torridon was well worth the effort. Would try to wait a little so the worst of the melt water was gone.
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