‘Breaking’ News! I’d already seen, and been totally horrified by, the back of the peak – it went from extremely steep at the top, through vertical, to pretty much overhanging nearer the bottom and the thought of it was really putting me off! I was delighted we’d done both peaks and was no longer feeling sick with stress – result! Today we completed the Skye Cuillin ridge traverse over 2 days with a total moving time of 17 hours, 10 hours on day 1, biving at An Dorus and 7 hours from there to the pub! Improve your rock-scrambling skills on some of Scotland's airy routes. Skye Cuillin Ridge Traverse, memories made for life! The screes, however, weren’t so bad as they aren’t very loose and I found, with care, I didn’t slip at all. Introduction to the Skye Cuillin Ridge Summits. Mhadaidh’s Other Summit and Continuation of Ridge to North, We didn’t hang around on the summit, which was a relief, but soon started back down, with me getting in the way of, and generally holding up, a more confident couple who’d actually done the bottom section without a rope – I think it was their packs in the gap…, I wasn’t at all keen clambering steeply down the ledges again and was going to descend in my usual manner – facing out and using my bum on the ledges – Ryan suggested I should face in however. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Sgùrr a' Ghreadaidh is the highest summit on the northern half of the Black Cuillin ridge on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.Like the rest of the range it is composed of gabbro, a rock that provides good grip for mountaineering.. I asked if he was doing both peaks but he said he didn’t think he’d manage Ghreadaidh on his own. The traverse of these two peaks is one of the easier sections of the Cuillin ridge, yet it contains some of the narrowest parts. Twin-topped Sgurr a Ghreadaidh is the highest peak on the northern half of the Cuillin Ridge; it can be climbed either with its neighbour Sgurr a Mhadaidh or on separate excursions; both peaks involve tough scrambling but have fantastic views. Watermark theme. This Cuillin peak is very easily climbed using An Dorus. ) when I realized I couldn’t as we had a paid guide so I reluctantly shut it again and felt really sorry for the guy. The Skye Cuillin Ridge Summits trek is 4 intensive days of walking and scrambling on the 11 Skye Munros found on The Black Cuillin Ridge. As there were people ascending above us, we’d already donned our helmets in case of any loose rockfall – Sgurr a’ Mhadaidh was our objective…, Ryan said he’d rope us up for the initial scramble – while he was setting up, I was having a peer further round from the gap where others suggested there is an easy gully going up – apart from an awkward start to it, there was indeed a gully which looked quite easy. We had the choice of either heading up boulders below the scree to the start of the scree chute or a loose path to the left – we went for the direct route up boulders which was fine. All Things Cuillin has 6,455 members. The rest of the time there was still plenty of exposure requiring great care and focus of mind. A descent by reversing the outward route saw us back at An Dorus ready to scramble out … Simon Howlett Photography (fellow film photographer). It was soon apparent that Gordon Stainforth was right when he said that “the word ‘walk’, as used by some Cuillin guidebooks, bears little Abseiling off In Pinn, captured almost accidently by another walker/climber February 2009 Anyway, at least my over-confident weighing up of these two peaks meant I went to bed without any particular nerves about the next day and got a reasonable sleep…. Anyway, if we were to be roped up, I was fine with the scramble. I was still a little worried about how I’d find the descent down the An Dorus Screes and both Richard and I found the initial downclimb of the rock steps at the top of the gully to the start of the scree pretty awkward. Enjoy! It’s day two and after the first successful day on the Black Cuillin, the weather has taken a … We’d already had a brief discussion with Ryan on the scree-path part of the descent about whether we were going for the other peak – part of me thought I should go for it so that I didn’t have to suffer the An Dorus screes twice – the other part of me thought; Ghreadaidh looked terrifying, it was thinking of starting to snow and Ryan said the basalt slabs of the mountain were slippery in the wet. I always find it hard to see where to put my feet when facing in though…. The gap between the walls is only about 3 feet wide but there is a flat passage through the gap of probably about 8 feet with a hollow where some people ascending above us had stowed their packs. Tessa's hillwalking blog – with added wine. Yes, lucky I already typed them up while I was in Scotland… see post above this for why! Ahead of us are three rarely visited Corbett Tops of Munro and probably the most challenging summit, missing out on Corbett Top status by just 1m of prominence, but taking nearly 1 hour to cover the 0.06 miles from the parent summit of, Bidein Druim nan Ramh and an exposed scramble to the abseil station and a final roped down climb in to the. Sgurr MhicCoinnich, Sgurr Thearlaich and the Great Stone Shoot. You should be a part of a contest for one of the finest blogs online. Performance of Deoch an Dorus and Cuillin to a crowd of more than 50,000 at the first Edinburgh Hogmanay event organised by Unique Events and Martyn's career as 'Dread-locked Funkster' is kicked off. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to "mountain coward" and "The Adventures of a Mountain Coward" with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. ... (sometimes) tired legs a rest and begins with a walk up Coire a’Ghreadaidh heading for ‘An Dorus’. Joking apart though, I was pretty worried about our planned activities in the Cuillin which was why I’d had to hire a guide. We reached Glen Brittle Youth Hostel by mid afternoon and Tom has been pleased at our progress. Whinlatter Round aka ‘Caught in the Forest’! Release Martyn Bennett on the independent label Eclectic Records. Bag all 11 Munros on the Cuillin Ridge, including the famed 'Inaccessible Pinnacle'. Tired legs walking out down Coire na Creiche, Tairneilear Gap all that remained was the down walk back to the second vehicle parked at the Fairy Pools car park. Colgregg (H.W.). The near-vertical section went on for quite a way but consisted of blocky and grippy ledges of gabbro so was okay for ascending. As we reached the gap, I realised I was feeling very sick from the stress of Mhadaidh (but refrained from being sick in the gap as it would be pretty hard to avoid!) I thought that was a great idea and asked whether we could do the same but Ryan said we should bring them, not least because mine had the rope in. After all the time spent persuading you that the Cuillins could be easily accessable you have now outdone me by doing three summits I’ve not done yet. Another feature is the steepness of the hills and the … . The Northern Central Munros . Ryan roped us up for this section too – although the rock step was only a few feet high, it was quite awkward and I could only get my knees onto it initially. Hear pronunciation Press to hear pronunciation. So the complete Cuillin Ridge traverse still eludes me. The weather hadn't been as good as forecast, with some intermittent mist, but this had lifted by now giving fantastic views of the Cuillin and back to the mainland. The final section to the summit cairn was around a rather precarious-feeling narrow ledge with not a lot beneath it and the actual summit was pretty small so I didn’t want to linger long. Starting to feel intimidated. "All that remained..." is of course tongue in cheek because from the, Tairneilear Gap is a scree descent from hell down Coir' a'. I felt drained after 3 days running in the Cuillin I can tell you! We then made a small diversion continuing the ascent to the right to bag, the first Munro of the day in an effort to make the next day a little easier (and one less summit for tomorrow after going up The Inaccessible Pinnacle), before returning to An Dorus and on to the second and final Munro of the day -. This is one of the harder main Black Cuillin peaks to ascend. T he Cuillin Munros are a challenge for many walkers and scramblers, and undoubtedly the major stumbling block in the way of any dog owners looking to make a canine completion. and the final long walk down Coire na Creiche following the River Brittle passed The Fairy Pools. We made good progress along the … Complex navigation, exposed scrambling, technical rock climbing and an abseil mean many Munroists put off these tops to last - and most dog owners will probably leave their pet behind. I’d be knackered now just walking it, never mind fighting up it! We drove to Glen Brittle, the valley which marks the western boundary of the Black Cuillin, and parked at the youth hostel. I was just opening my mouth to issue the characteristic Mountain Coward invitation to join us (I like collecting other folk en-route – the more the merrier to me! But still I feel the attempt was a significant achievement. Only 3 miles but taking 2, . Really looking forward to reading your account of the ‘Inn Pin’. We then set off up the familiar and pretty path by waterfalls and lovely blue pools which we’d taken last year to reach Coire an Eich to do Sgurr Banachdich. Carn Dearg from Dalwhinnie – Winter Walking in April! Up An Dorus and across to Banachdaich is a great way to grasp some Cuillin nuances without enormous danger of getting lost or in trouble. This path continues past the foot of the burn coming down from Coire an Eich and continues to the back of Coire an Dorus where the An Dorus Gap eventually comes into view between Sgurrs a’ Mhadaidh and Ghreadaidh. The difference with the An Dorus to Coir' a' Tairneilear section of the Cuillin Ridge is that it has one Munro and three difficult to access Corbett Tops of Munro, which I reckon are out of reach of the average hill walker unless you have someone in the party with mountaineering skills. Skye's Black Cuillin Ridge - North Sgurr nan Gillean is the finest peak on Skye, Bruache na Frithe is the easiest, Am Bhasteir lies between them. Scrambling skills required. The night before our first Cuillin walk, our guide Ryan, visited our holiday cottage to make plans and check our equipment – he also had forms for us to fill in – I joked they were ‘Organ Donation’ forms! haven’t done the In Pinn this time – reckon it’ll take another 2 visits to finish the Cuillin yet, Gosh, I feel drained after just reading that! I was a bit worried about how I’d find the An Dorus screes but they looked fairly short and looked to have a zig-zag path up them. Tairneilear Gap made for probably one of the best days you are likely to have on the hill - if you have a good head for heights. Southern Cuillin from ascent of Sgurr a’Mhadaidh: Sgurr a’Ghreadaidh from Sgurr a’Mhadaidh: After 2hrs 50mins the summit of Sgurr a’Mhaidaidh was reached and an early lunch taken. ( Log Out /  Looking forward to your other reports of the ridge . I was a little worried about my ice axe but he said it was unlikely someone would steal anything from an obvious stash before our return – I have to say that, on our return, it was pretty difficult seeing where we’d left our stash among the many boulders in the fairly featureless and huge corrie, so it’s a good job we had the GPS reference! © "mountain coward" and "The Adventures of a Mountain Coward", 2011 through to present date. Taking the Cuillin Ridge Light approach, she managed to complete the route in a day. Change ). After that, there were no further problems until we had to do the final down-scramble back into the gap – again roped up. From the peak opposite, the path round The Wart had looked like an almost vertical greasy basalt slab – I was pleased to see that it was actually nothing of the sort. The little rock step down to the Eag Dubh gap was much more awkward in descent and we were both pleased to be roped up briefly. Presently, we arrived in the famous An Dorus Gap – a notch between two steep craggy walls about 15 feet high. We quickly descended to An Dorus again before harder scrambling long the ridge past the Black Cleft took us to Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh. The gap between the walls is only about 3 feet wide but there is a flat passage through the gap of probably about 8 feet with a hollow where some people ascending above us had stowed their packs. Its most obvious feature is the sheer quantity of exposed rock on offer – with very little in the way of grass or heather cladding the slopes. When the weather sulks on the Black Cuillin, the Red Cuillin often stays cloud-free ! Hi Colin, nice to hear from you I still have 3 very awkward ones to do but they will probably have to be next year now since I’ve broken my wrist , Great pics & well done. After a failed attempt on the Skye’s Cuillin Ridge traverse in 2019, Caroline returned this year to have another go. 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