Paragliders on Beinn Eighe.

21st February 2018

A beautiful day and calm enough for 4 paragliders to ridge soar along Beinn Eighe and across to Liathach. Green with envy was I. Great walking conditions on a spring-like snowpack. The surface crust is weight bearing particularly on shady aspects, but quickly softens in the sun and at lower levels. More of the same forecast, but with a bit more cloud.

Looking west from Stuc Coire an Laoigh (835m), Beinn Eighe.

Spot the paraglider. Ridge soaring – Beinn Eighe style!

A short tale-off before the old cornice line!

Widespread evidence and reports of cornice collapse from last Saturday (during rapid cornice growth) to Monday (during the thaw). Significant debris as the cornice ‘takes out’ the slope below. 3 separate collapses above this slope.

Upper Coire an Laoigh, Beinn Eighe, (Stuc Coire an Laoigh on the left) complete with avalanche debris. Two of the paragliders took off from the slope right of the skyline col.

Good snow cover remains at higher levels on the south Torridon/Achnashellach hills.


Comments on this post

  • Tony Gotch
    21st February 2018 3:48 pm


    We met today at Beinn Eighe car park.
    I’d just landed after soaring the ridge on a Paraglider with my mates.
    What a beautiful day, fantastic conditions.
    You mentioned that you might have some photos that you could forward to me.

    Really enjoyed chatting to you,


    • torridonadmin
      21st February 2018 7:12 pm

      Hi Tony. Yep, no problem, will send you the photos and you can do with them as you want. Don’t get too excited – the photos were taken on my phone, but good for the memorabilia… I’ve made my paragliding friends very envious. Cheers. Andy

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