Friday, May 24, 2013

Scrambling & Climbing on Skye

I have had a great week on the Isle of Skye with Martin, Gez, Charlie, Simon, Tim, Russ, Sam and Andy and fellow instructors Sandy, Huw and Dave. We have spent the week working at 1:2 ratios and each each done slightly different things each day to match up peoples experience with their hopes and wishes for the week.

On Monday I headed out with Charlie & Simon for their first day on Skye. With a threatening forecast for later in the week we were keen to get a good day in and so kicked off with the Inaccessible Pinnacle, followed by the round of Coire Lagan which gave a 10 hour day and some of the best scrambling on the ridge despite having no views in the thick cloud.

Tuesday saw the whole team get a RIB into Loch Scavaig. We walked round to Coruisk and then scrambled up the Dubhs Ridge. This magnificent outing gives about a 1000m of wonderful scrambling up magnificent Gabbro slabs and an exciting abseil off the summit. We then ticked the two Southern Munros before descending to Glenbrittle with some weary legs!

Wednesday and Thursday saw very high winds and snow on the ridge. Nonetheless it was bright on the coast and so we headed off climbing on the sea cliffs. I took Charlie and Simon to Elgol on Wednesday and Charlie & Andy to Neist Point on Thursday and over the two days we climbed some great sea cliff routes upto VS4c and got the boys doing some simu-leading.

For our final day most of the team headed onto Clach Glas Balven to complete the traverse of these two beautiful mountains. Andy had done the route with me last year so we headed back onto the Cuillin and climbed The Spur on Sgur an Fheadain, a grade 2 scramble that finishes at 688m and so avoided the snow and ice that sits from about 750m.

A great week in great company, thanks to all the boys and girls. I have a week off now to do some climbing here in Scotland with Dave so fingers crossed that todays dry weather lasts! 

1 comment:

DoctorUseful said...

Cuillin Ridge: one on my todo list. Lovely write-up, Rob. I hardly recognised Charlie without facial hair! :)