Classic Highland Ridges

Tim and Colin made the most of their week away from the south of england, taking a tour of some of the finest mountain ridges in the British Isles.

They also brought with them some great sunny weather, so on tuesday we made the drive down to Skye to tackle a traverse of Clach Glas and Bla Bheinn. Although only a short distance on the map this route is one of the best mountaineering days out on the island, with an absorbing journey across exposed ridges, slabs and chimneys, all on Skye’s famous Gabbro. Finishing with the Difficult graded climb of the 30 foot chimney before joining the walkers path up to the summit.

Wednesday saw us staying closer to home with a traverse of Liathach. To make the most of the day we headed up the west end of the ridge and took a detour from the main path to climb the south ridge of Mulach an Rathain, a rarely climbed grade 2 scramble up to the ridge. Unfortunately the weather was less kind, hiding the views as we crossed the pinnacles, although it cleared just in time for some pictures before we descended back down towards Glen Cottage.

Thursday also opened brightly, so the team took an optimistic view on the weather and went for a traverse of An Teallach to the north. After two big days we were all grateful of a gentle warm up on the track in, but were soon up on the tops for some more fantastic scrambling and views of the north west highlands. The weather caught up with us and it was a wet but happy team that arrived back at Dundonnell after three amazing days.

Thanks to Tim and Colin for all the tea and cake, see you next year!!

Blog by Ian Stewart


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