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Fun in the Sun on the southern Cuillin
by mrssanta » Sun May 13, 2012 11:30 pm
Munros included on this walk: Sgurr Alasdair, Sgurr Dubh Mor, Sgurr nan Eag
Date walked: 07/05/2012
Time taken: 10.5 hours
Distance: 12 km
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We decided some time ago that if we were ever going to climb the Cuillin then we would need a guide. My husband is not very keen on heights, and the reports and books we'd read suggested that we would struggle on our own. the maps even the Harvey map don't really describe the situation adequately. so we booked a week's holiday, arranged grandparents to keep house and phoned Skye Hi aka Graham and Annie Paterson. I'd recommend Graham and Annie to everyone, thank you so much for an indescribably excellent week.
So here we were on Monday morning at 8am meeting up with Graham and the other four members of the group for the first time. With a bit of trepidation. would they be nice, would they all be loads fitter than us and leave us peching miles behind? we needn't have worried as we made a great team, excellent banter and by the end of the week I can safely say we have made some friends we will never forget.
Anyway on with the walky stuff.
here is a route map for our first day. Only it might not be quite right as it was great not to worry at all about the route finding through all these boulders and slabs and scree and other scary stuff.
From the campsite at Glanbrittle there is a view out to Canna and as you climb the hill this opens out towards Rum and Soay comes into view as well.
So we gradually climb around the side of Sron na Ciche where there is a good path, and up into Coire a'Ghrundda where we crossed some slabs below the outflow of the lochan. Then up a very bouldery slope, halfway up which we stopped for our first lunch and left our packs. We continued on up to where we suddenly came to the ridge with the most amazing views over the other side into Coir'Uisk and across to Bla Bheinn and the mainland.
From this point it was a bit of scrambling and a walk along the ridge to the summit of Sgurr nan Eag, our first Skye munro.
For the next hour and a bit I didn't take any pictures as it was all some rather exciting scrambling which Graham took us along back down to where we had dumped the bags, across under the great lump of Caisteal a'Garbh-Choire and Sgurr Dubh an Da Bheinn, then up to the next summit, Sgurr Dubh Mor. this was great fun and Graham quickly sussed us out as to which ones were confident and which ones less so, showing us where to put hands and feet while clambering around us as if it was just some rocks on the seashore.
some more exploring of cliffs and scrambling here and there took us eventually to the top of Sgurr Alasdair, the highest point on Skye.
from the top of alasdair we soon reached the top of the Great Stone Chute, our descent route, 1000 feet down scree which is pretty horrid. This is a usual way up to Sgurr Alasdair, described by Graham as "purgatory" to go up. it was pretty hard coming down too but we made it into Coire Lagan from where there is a good path back to the campsite and tea.
by luckyguy68 » Sun May 13, 2012 11:53 pm
by Bod » Sun May 13, 2012 11:54 pm
by Collaciotach » Mon May 14, 2012 7:31 am
Think if I ever attempted anything like that I would hire a guide as well, better safe than sorry
Looking forward to the next report, did you do the In Pinn
by quoman » Mon May 14, 2012 9:06 am
by Ranger » Mon May 14, 2012 9:39 am
by dogplodder » Mon May 14, 2012 10:21 am
by soulminer » Mon May 14, 2012 12:21 pm
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by monarchming » Mon May 14, 2012 12:48 pm
by BlackPanther » Mon May 14, 2012 12:58 pm
We are going to IOS in June (holidays booked, tent ready ). I'd like to try Sgurr Dubh Mor, hopefully I'll manage... I've been on the other two, Sgurr nan Eag is a cracker even climbed on its own. And Coire a'Ghrunnda is a magical spot
by robertphillips » Mon May 14, 2012 1:06 pm
by Scotjamie » Mon May 14, 2012 3:30 pm
A wee inspiration to a fearty such as myself to go see these hills
by Johnny Corbett » Mon May 14, 2012 6:37 pm
by jonny616 » Mon May 14, 2012 7:03 pm