7 out of 8.

For the past week I have been on Skye in the Cuillin mountains scrambling.  In total I have had 7 out of 8 days in the mountains, not needed to wear waterproofs once and had to wear sun glasses a lot.  I have been up 12 mountains in that time and travelled over lots of rock.  It was a great week, here is briefly what I got up to in the second half.

On Tuesday the weather was a bit cloudy in the morning so after meeting Ross we had a lazy start and then headed up Sgurr Alasdair via the Sgumain stone shoot by the Cioch rock feature.  We were quickly on the ridge and scrambled along the south-west ridge via the bad step to the summit.  We then descended the same ridge and in to Coir a Ghrunnda for the walk out.  A good introduction for Ross on the ridge.

On Wednesday we headed up Sgurr Dearg and up the Inn’ Pinn’, which again we had to ourselves.  Ross enjoyed the climbing and said that he would like to come back again to lead it himself, and all with great views of the rest of the ridge and Rum.  We then headed down Sgurr Dearg and along an easy section of the ridge to the summit of Sgurr na Banachdich, which is one of the easiest mountains to get to on the ridge.  We then descended via Sgurr nan Gobar and the west ridge which has some great sections of scrambling along it, but the final walk off the end is not very good down loose scree.

On Thursday with the weather again a bit cloudy we headed round to the north end of the ridge and walked in to Corie a’ Bhasteir and up Sgurr a’ Bhasteir which is a more interesting way up than walking straight in to the corie.  In the thick cloud we got a glimpse of Am Basteir and the tooth and while we descended round the base, the cloud completely lifted and we got great views of Sgurr nan Gillean from the summit.  After a quick break we headed up Sgurr nan Gillean via the west ridge, long the pinnacles and through the window to the summit with good views across to Bla Bheinn.  We then descended via the south-east ridge which has some great slabby sections and we were quickly back down on the path back to the Sligachan hotel.

Yesterday with both of us having to drive back south we opted for a short day, so we parked at the Fairy Pools car park in Glen Brittle and walked into Sgurr an Fheadain which has the very large Waterpipe gully coming down the front.  We were at the base of the route in an hour and headed up the grade 2 of The Spur.  This is a very friendly scramble with lots of scope for variation.  We were quickly onto the ridge were there was more pleasant scrambling and on the summit by 11am.  We then descended down the back of the summit and into Coir’ a’ Tairneilear down a scree slope to below An Caisteal on the ridge above for the walk back to the car.

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