another post by a happy client…

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Although this outing was a wee while ago and winter has arrived in Torridon we thought that you might want to read another post by a happy client…

Met up with Ian the night before at he Old Inn, Carbost. Deciding the route was difficult as we knew the weather was going to be fine. A rare October window of high pressure with no wind and a perfect blue sky. This meant we had a list of great options with the Pinnacle Ridge and a round of Corrie Laggan at the top. My long term dream to top the Innaccesible Pinnacle won in the end.

Early next morning we set off toward Glenn Brittle and the BMC hut as our starting point.

Ian led a route away from the great Stone Shoot to get us onto the ridge, pointing out iconic British climbing routes where Britain’s Mountaineering pioneers had developed their skills before heading off for the greater ranges. By late morning we were heading up to our first Munro, Sgurr Alasdair. The highest top on the Cuillin Ridge it provided a stunning 360 degree platform to view the full length of the ridge as well as all the Hebridean Islands and Western Highlands on the mainland.

Ahead was the challenge of Sgurr Mhic Chonnich, a notoriously difficult munro to climb and accessed by Collie’s Ledge. Ian led the way and whilst the ledge is narrow and exposed Ian’s rope work ensured that we were always were well protected. After a short scramble we were able to gain the crest which led unto the summit. We had now been on the ridge for 4 hours and after refuelling with lunch pressed on along the ridge. Most of the next section was simple grade 2 scrambling but again presented the opportunity of taking in the amazing views on an improbably clear day.

As our day drew to an end we headed for the Inaccessible Pinnacle. For me this was the biggest challenge of the day mainly due to the reputation of exposure the summit has. Ian protected the assent well and assured me that the climb was well within my grasp. After the abseil off the top the return walk back to the car once more provided amazing views over the islands.

This had been my third trip out with nineonesix-guiding and I won’t hesitate to go out on another trip. Their guiding is excellent and they put the seemingly inaccessible and difficult Highland Peaks within your grasp.

Bill Croson

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