Cuillin adventure

A slightly late entry to the blog after a very busy period here on Skye. With overnight bivi’s and mountain rescues there hasn’t been much time for writing.

Kate and Rob had a plan to do the Cuillin traverse, which is probably the single most challenging summer mountaineering outing in Britain, usually involving an overnight bivouac. We had a relatively short day climbing and abseiling on some small sea cliffs (to save energy), to get used to some of the techniques we would have to use on the traverse. There had been some serious weather forecast watching in the preceding days and it was decided there was a small, but long enough window of okay weather to give it a go.

The plan evolved from taking the fast boat from Elgol, into walking in from Glen Brittle to start the ridge as it was too windy for the boat to run. With an improving forecast we battled our way through winds and wet rock from Sgurr nan Eag to Sgurr Alasdair, but as we scrambled our way down, Rob realised he was more fatigued than expected so we did the prudent thing and headed back to the car, rather than continuing into significantly more tricky terrain. Always a good decision!

I was keen to give the guys a big Cuillin day to make up for the previous day’s disappointment, and when I met up with Kate the following morning at Sligachan (Rob had decided to have a rest) we headed to Pinnacle ridge on Sgurr nan Gillean. We got hit by a very wet and windy squall just as we were gearing up but the forecast was good so we carried on into our adventure. We made very good time, so when we got to the summit of the mountain it was decided to go over Am Bastier and abseil Kings cave chimney and off to Bruach na Frithe to top off the day. Not perfect weather but we managed a very exciting day with loads of climbing and scrambling. Well done, Kate!

Kate, Pinnacle Ridge

Iain and Kate on Pinnacle Ridge

Kings cave chimney abseil

Kings cave chimney abseil

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