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Re: LIATHACH - a tantalising daunder in Glen Torridon.

Wow!
Great report. Great photos.
That's my appetite well and truly whetted.
by martyn
Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:02 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: LIATHACH - a tantalising daunder in Glen Torridon.
Replies: 57
Views: 22736

Re: Clach Glas-Bla Bheinn traverse

Hi Cameron,
Yep, we're softies - we dodged the worst of the showers, courtesy of a leisurely start-time.......we parked at the head of Loch Slapin at about 1pm and were back in The Blue Shed Cafe at Torrin for coffee and cake (highly recommended) by 4.30pm.
by martyn
Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:18 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Clach Glas-Bla Bheinn traverse
Replies: 25
Views: 11142

Re: Clach Glas-Bla Bheinn traverse

Excellent report, Cameron - very well done.......and welcome to Skye Did a shortened version (omitted Sgurr nan Each, started at the bealach at the head of Choire a' Caise and finished with the 18m chimney on to Bla Bheinn) back in August - and I was occasionally on the sensible end of a short rope ...
by martyn
Sun Sep 30, 2012 4:25 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Clach Glas-Bla Bheinn traverse
Replies: 25
Views: 11142

Re: An atmospheric day onTower Ridge

Brought the memories (nightmares?) flooding back. Did this about 40 years ago on a university climbing club Spring outing, in the days before reliable mountain weather forecasts. Started snowing heavily during the final 'scramble'. Running behind schedule, 3 of us spent a chilly, fairly sleepless ni...
by martyn
Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:50 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: An atmospheric day on Tower Ridge
Replies: 30
Views: 17445

Re: Third time lucky - Bruach na Frithe

Great report, JKLL! It was sitting on the summit of BnF, looking along the whole length of the ridge to the south, on a clear, sunny June day in 2007 that sowed the seed for me moving up here. I relocated to Skye February 2012 and have picked off a few more Cuillin Munros, including the Inaccessible...
by martyn
Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:00 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Third time lucky - Bruach na Frithe
Replies: 33
Views: 9218

Re: Sgurr Dearg & the In Pin

Many thanks, one and all, for your very kind comments - and apologies if my pics were 'menacing'. I stick to what I say - its bark is much worse than its bite. It's all in the mind and the mythology. Up to the point I set off down the slabs to the start of the Moderate -graded climb, I was not a hap...
by martyn
Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:16 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Sgurr Dearg & the In Pin
Replies: 7
Views: 2889

Sgurr Dearg & the In Pin

Despite my advancing years, I think I'm still a half-decent rock-climber on rags and outcrops (seconding up to Hard Severe grade, leading V Diff) - but I'd still nearly talked myself out of this escapade before I'd even set off. The descriptions of the 'yawning chasm' on the right and the narrowness...
by martyn
Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:34 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Sgurr Dearg & the In Pin
Replies: 7
Views: 2889

Re: Blabheinn via the south ridge

Excellent report of a great walk. It'll be no consolation but it was also brutally hot over on Am Basteir last Sunday - nearest I've ever been to dehydration on Skye. Scorchio! I ascended the south ridge for the first time in early April this year, with a couple of friends, on a cold blustery day wi...
by martyn
Tue May 29, 2012 9:55 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Blabheinn via the south ridge
Replies: 9
Views: 5285

Re: Unfit and Roasted in The Mamores

Yup - Sunday was a real scorcher. I took an extra litre (2 instead of my usual one) up Am Basteir and was still close to dehydration by the time we got back to Sligachan. Barely a breath of wind all day, even up top. Mind you, I took every opportunity to stick my head in a stream on the way up. And ...
by martyn
Tue May 29, 2012 8:54 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Unfit and Roasted in The Mamores
Replies: 17
Views: 5520

Am Basteir - too darn'd hot

Hottest day of the year so far forecast, cloudless and little breeze. Extra weight of an additional litre of water and helmet and harness - all of which came in useful. Even a lazy 10am start, by which time it was already very warm, from Sligachan could not detract from what is, I think, a rather pl...
by martyn
Mon May 28, 2012 2:19 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Am Basteir - too darn'd hot
Replies: 1
Views: 3616

Re: Frithe, Basteir and Sgurr nan Gillean

Excellent detailed report, Ranger. Checked the date and I think our paths briefly crossed at the summit of Bruach na Frithe as the clouds fully cleared - your photo of me on the summit is now my profile pic on FB....many thanks. I was checking the walk reports just now because I'll be climbing Am Bh...
by martyn
Sat May 26, 2012 10:04 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Frithe, Basteir and Sgurr nan Gillean
Replies: 24
Views: 13507

Re: Ben Challum (more or less!!)

Each to their own but, personally, I struggle to see the point of climbing a hill and "bagging" its summit just so I could tick a box on a list (....that should encourage debate!). I do most of my mountain-walking on my own on Skye, especially in and around the Cuillin(s), where my rule of...
by martyn
Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:00 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Ben Challum (more or less!!)
Replies: 27
Views: 5958

Beinn na Caillich & the Broadford Red Hills

After several years of commuting to Skye from Kent 3 or 4 times a year, retirement recently gave me the chance to move to Skye permanently to carry on my enjoyment of its hills, mountains, coastal cliffs and secret bays. Somehow, although I always stayed in Torrin and now live in Broadford, I'd not ...
by martyn
Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:19 am
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Beinn na Caillich & the Broadford Red Hills
Replies: 4
Views: 3155

Re: A route less travelled for Bruach na Frithe

Just in case anyone thought about using this route description for the north ridge of Sgurr a Bhasteir, let me correct the error I have just spotted in my own report. I mention "heading for the low col just N of Meall Odhar". Of course, it should say "heading for the low col just SOUT...
by martyn
Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:28 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A route less travelled for Bruach na Frithe
Replies: 2
Views: 3960

A route less travelled for Bruach na Frithe

Here's an alternative start to the walk - with an additional ridge and minor summit thrown in. Followed this route on 14 May 2009 - a cool, cloudless and breezy day......perfect for walking. From the Sligachan Hotel, start off on the path that starts opposite the mountain rescue post, heading for th...
by martyn
Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:55 pm
 
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A route less travelled for Bruach na Frithe
Replies: 2
Views: 3960
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