A few more peaks and many other Skye locations on a week of mixed fun. Caves, Scrambles, evening Whisky's and beach breakfasts, with Hamish.
Did the entire ridge. Amazing route & views. We came from London and took a week off, which is necessary since the weather is often cloudy, if not worse.
One of the best places to be in Scotland. We got to the ridge via Fionn Choire. I will not rest until i complete the Cuillins in it's entirety.
An absolutely fantastic mountain range! It takes me 13 hours from my house to the Cuillins and I'm already thinking of my return visit. The weather was grim for the first couple of days and scuppered our chances of doing the whole ride. Despite this I completed two sections of the ridge, and discovered that each of the fine valleys offer fine days out in the hills.
What an amazing set of mountains! I hiked in via Glen Sligachan, and spent 2 days under a rock above Loch Coriusk waiting for the summits to clear. Eventually they did, and I was able to complete the main ridge over a comfortable 2 days. It was scrambling at its finest, miles of exposed climbing at a level one notch below what you'd need a rope for. I skipped Bastiers Tooth and didn't hit the Pinnacle Ridge, so I've got an excuse to return some day.
Also, I managed to find a partner for a technical day linking the Cioch Direct, Arrow, and Integrity routes. Justifiably classics.
Ken, Colin & Johnnie went back to Skye in '93, this time although we took the same route to the western end of the ridge, we ascended Gars Bhein at the end of the day arriving on the summit at 7:15pm. Next day we set off around 4:00am after a cold, rocky bivvy on a ledge and finally arrived on Sgurr nan Gillean at 8:15pm. Getting back to the Sligachan campsite via the "tourist" route took another 3 hours so we missed out on a pint again!
Starting on May 26, Andy, Trevor, Ken, Colin & Johnnie walked from our campsite at Sligachan over Drum Hain to Loch Scavaig and a bivvy on the side of Gars Bheinn near a small newt filled pond. Next day we topped Gars Bheinn at 5:00am and set off along the ridge. At 10:20 we arrived on Alasdair and continued along the ridge via the Collie ledge on Sgurrr Mhic Coinnich. After moving over the other tops, we arrived at Bidean Drum nan Ramh where the party split up. Andy and Trevor continued along the ridge and took a second bivvy. Ken, Colin and Johnnie were knackered and decided to descend into Harta Corrie. After the descent and a 5 mile walk peppered with halucinations, we arrived back at Sliggy at 11:20pm too late for a beer.
On the 29th May we returned via Pinnacle Ridge on Sgurr nan Gillean and went back along the ridge a far as Bruach na Frith. From there we decended via Choire a'Bhasteir back to Sliggy in time for a beer(s). Trevor and Andy had continued the previous day and completed the ridge.
I love Scottish weather - a week without a single cloud!
I have had a few great days on the ridge and have climbed most of the peaks - often a few at the time. I need to do the full traverse however - this is a long term "itch" of mine.
Climbed InPin and Sgurr nan Eag (probably butchered the spelling!). The weather was atrocious when we were on Sgurr nan Eag-10m visibility and high winds. The little waterfalls were blowing uphill! It was a bit wet and windy when we did the InPin-got very cold at the belay ledge. My cousin (12) came as well for his first alpine climb! A great time though. I'll be back to do the whole ridge!
Fantastic two day traverse, high points being the In Pin and Baisteir Tooth.
We visited Skye for the first time. Started at Sgurr Nan Gillian (great peak) and moved round half the ridge over three days.
Great scrabling. Still some of the best I've done.
Great day, my first visit to Skye. We were very lucky with the weather but not so lucky with the midges on our return to Sligachan!!
Great weather for partial traverse - sun and views all day - probably why we went too slow to complete full traverse - that and the fact we were a large party of 6.
However, great day, TD gap was fun and just the best grade 3* scrabling on the ridges.
Spent next day climbing routes around Cioch stone - virtually alone - only one other pair - fantastic.
Go to the Cuillin - you will not be disappointed - unless of course it rains, which it will - and even then its good!