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Black Rock Blue Skye

Black Rock Blue Skye

Postby jonny616 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:35 am

Route description: Bla Bheinn (Blaven)

Munros included on this walk: Bla Bheinn

Date walked: 30/03/2012

Time taken: 5.5 hours

Distance: 8 km

Ascent: 990m

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With the excitement building due to the spring meet & much on line chat about what hills to climb when & an extended pass out meant I could leave Glasgow at 06:00 on the Friday. This gave me the opportunity to join Polly & Ron on a trip to Skye. Much chatting about which hill to do & we eventually settled on Bla Bheinn even though Ron had done it before he was happy to go again as he had been unable to collect the second top on his first visit.
Picked Polly up & northwest we headed. The day was looking pretty good. A few cheeky fb posts to people at work. Stopped at Shiel Bridge to put my tent up & meet Ron, we also bumped into Monty & had a bit of chat. Ron drove us over to Skye (if that’s what you call driving).
We rounded Loch Slapin & parked up. The cloud was just hanging over the ridges & summits.
Ready for the off
The walk up to Coire Uaigneich has a path most of the way & as you climb the views really open up behind & the black rock & scree gully’s become more menacing looking. Quiet different to anything else I have seen.
From the Corie you head right up a vague path that disintegrates into scree & the goes left, very loose but manageable.
The views were opening up all the time & the cloud disbursing.
Looking down from above Coire Uaigneich
View behind
One of the many ridges
Heading for the scrambles

We messed about a lot on rocks with big drops behind them for dramatic pics & generally gazed in ore at the views.
A couple of wee scrambles led us within sight of the summit & then OMG the views.Back inland, out to sea & the whole of the Cuillin ridge clear enough for us to be able to pic out the In Pin & most of the other Munro’s. We spent a good 45 mins just drinking it all in. Ron did a 10 min hop out & back to collect his top.
Cairn to Trig with the Cuillin ridge between
Three Amigos & The Cuillin
Ron gets his top

We then descended the same way we had come up pinching ourselves as we could not quite believe our luck. For once we were in the alleged 10% of an MWIS 10% cloud free day.

This was a great walk & whilst we all know that weather enhances days like these my over ridding memory will be of fun. I enjoy & find climbing hills fun, but somehow this day was about fun & climbing a hill was a bonus. I have not laughed so much whilst out on the hills. Great company, great hill & great weather.
Then we were off back to Kintail to meet more great company, talk endlessly about our day & get excited about our next adventure which was less than 12 hours away.
Last edited by jonny616 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:12 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Black Rock Blue Skye

Postby SusieThePensioner » Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:40 am

This is one of my favourite mountains, will never get the opportunity to climb it, but so glad to read your report :D

What a great day and brilliant photos, those amazing views, fantastic :thumbup:
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Re: Black Rock Blue Skye

Postby lomondwalkers » Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:46 am

Great report and photos Jonny. I've yet to get to Skye, but I'm straight up this beauty when I finally get there. Looks like a great day was had with some stunning photos of the ridge 8) Cheers
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Re: Black Rock Blue Skye

Postby malky_c » Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:49 am

Looks like one of those rare days when the Skye weather is better than the mainland :D

I'm dead jelous, as I haven't had any proper views from Bla Bheinn.
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Re: Black Rock Blue Skye

Postby iainwatson » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:07 pm

nice report jonny,the weather looked awesome! and the pictures are fabulous!

is that 'bigfoot and the henderson' in the first pic? ha ha ha ha (thats for ron offering to help me over a stile at the end of the walk on sat cause i've got wee legs ha ha ha)
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Re: Black Rock Blue Skye

Postby pollyh33 » Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:11 pm

Whit a report Jonny!!!

I will never forget that day with you and Ron, surely its illegal to that much fun on a hill :lol: :lol: :lol:

I think its fair to say that I will never sit at a table in a pub in Inverness :lol: :shock: :shock: :shock:

PS Thanks for not posting the 'before' photos of me getting on that trig point!!!
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Re: Black Rock Blue Skye

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:15 pm

After reading that and looking at the pics I can see I'm going to have to climb it again in June and get views this time. :D
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Re: Black Rock Blue Skye

Postby Alan S » Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:17 pm

Great stuff Jonny :D I wish me and Gammy had made this as planned, That JB has got a lot to answer for :lol:
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Re: Black Rock Blue Skye

Postby ChrisW » Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:31 pm

What a stunner Jonny, spectacular views on a day of great weather and great company. That looks a real beauty of a hike :D
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Re: Black Rock Blue Skye

Postby quoman » Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:07 pm

Superb jonny what a place cant wait to get there hopefully this year.
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Re: Black Rock Blue Skye

Postby dogplodder » Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:21 pm

Oh wow, I so want to climb this one and what a day you got for it! :mrgreen:

Your photos are magnificent!

Just one question. How did Pauline get on that trig point? Answer illustrated with photos would be helpful! :lol: :lol:
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Re: Black Rock Blue Skye

Postby IreneM » Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:29 pm

Excellent report Jonny and the photos are fab. :D

Great to meet you at the weekend too.
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Re: Black Rock Blue Skye

Postby pigeon » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:07 pm

Great report jonny,going up to glen shiel soon,so tempted to do this hill,is it a long drive from shiel bridge?
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Re: Black Rock Blue Skye

Postby rocket-ron » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:10 pm

dogplodder wrote:Oh wow, I so want to climb this one and what a day you got for it! :mrgreen:

Your photos are magnificent!

Just one question. How did Pauline get on that trig point? Answer illustrated with photos would be helpful! :lol: :lol:

some 1 had left a ladder at the trip point
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Re: Black Rock Blue Skye

Postby Jock McJock » Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:38 pm

Just two words for you about this one Jonny.....LUCKY B*****D!!!!! :lol: :lol:
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