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Five days in the Black Cuillin

Five days in the Black Cuillin

Postby rockhopper » Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:20 pm

Route description: Sgùrr Alasdair

Munros included on this walk: Am Basteir, Blà Bheinn, Bruach na Frìthe, Inaccessible Pinnacle, Sgùrr a' Ghreadaidh, Sgùrr a' Mhadaidh, Sgùrr Alasdair, Sgùrr Dubh Mòr, Sgùrr Mhic Chòinnich, Sgùrr na Banachdich, Sgùrr nan Eag, Sgùrr nan Gillean

Date walked: 22/07/2013

Distance: 56 km

Ascent: 6500m

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Re: Five days in the Black Cuillin

Postby Meatball » Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:40 pm

Cracking stuff as always....
How do you arrange such weather all the time?
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Re: Five days in the Black Cuillin

Postby foggieclimber » Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:51 pm

Excellent report Rockhopper. A good read, great pics and lots of familiar views from the best ridge in the UK.
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Re: Five days in the Black Cuillin

Postby weaselmaster » Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:58 pm

What a great (if scary) week - bet that's generated a wee sigh of relief getting them in the bag :)
Wondered when you were going to get round to these ones.
I really don't like some of your pictures - ie the ones with dangles over big drops :shock:
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Re: Five days in the Black Cuillin

Postby dooterbang » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:03 pm

What a way to break your scrambling Skye duck with tackling the In Pinn :shock: 8)

Fantastic stuff and you appeared to have struck lucky with the weather. Reading your report I can see that having a guide gave you confidence...this may be the way I go when I get round to the ridge.

Well it looks like 8 or 9 more weekends should see you to the end of this magical journey, have you a picked out your last one yet...Ben More or Ladhar Bheinn? You planning to compleat before winter?

Now if i get them Mullardoch, Ullapool and Skye Munros done I should be just about level pegging with you...and looking at your munro map would have the same hills to climb.

ps had to laugh at your quip about getting fit :wink:
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Re: Five days in the Black Cuillin

Postby davgil » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:47 pm

Fantastic Rockhopper, that's the way to do it, I'll be referring back to your report when when my time comes for these hills. Well done!!!
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Re: Five days in the Black Cuillin

Postby brpro26 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:29 pm

I'm turning a bit green with envy reading this. Looks like money well spent. Great achievement getting them all done in one visit...well 5 days you know what I mean.
Great photos and report...what you gonna spend them on??? :clap:
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Re: Five days in the Black Cuillin

Postby ChrisW » Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:49 pm

WOW, just stunning, I've only just read your Mullardoch Circuit report and really thought it would be some time before I saw another like that.....then along comes another almost immediately (well immediately in terms of me reading 'em anyway)

The photos are spectacular and the outcome of all that effort well worth the investment of both time and money. All in all an Incredible 5 days and timed to perfection weather wise :clap:
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Re: Five days in the Black Cuillin

Postby Bod » Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:30 pm

Wonderful rockhopper, I just loved reading through that. Lot's of great memories for me there, plus equally lot's of new places for me too. Heading back soon is the plan. Well done, looks like you seriously enjoyed yourself :D :D :clap: :clap: :clap:

ps...having a guide and insight to the Black Cuillin is crucial, be it for the whole trip or at least parts of the adventure. I was lucky and still am lucky to have an experienced friend and guide to bounce ideas off and have come along, though he likes to leave me to it for many sections :D

Are you going to be returning for more?
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Re: Five days in the Black Cuillin

Postby Anne C » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:47 am

What a great report and stunning photos, rockhopper. Never in a month of Sundays will I make it onto most of these,given my vertigo though I've managed the 'easier' ones.But still love reading about and seeing what non-fearties can do! Great achievement. :clap:
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Re: Five days in the Black Cuillin

Postby Bog_Seeking_M1ssle » Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:57 pm

Great report! Looks like a whole lot of (scary) fun! :D
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Re: Five days in the Black Cuillin

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:19 pm

Never one to do anything by half RH and once again you have excelled with this one.

Alan & me used Paddy for the Inn Pin and he was great for us.
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Re: Five days in the Black Cuillin

Postby Bruno » Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:01 pm

First class! :clap:
Paddy sounds a really good guy to have with you on the hill!
Well done - very enjoyable article with loads of great pictures! :D 8)
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Re: Five days in the Black Cuillin

Postby Johnny Corbett » Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:47 pm

Brilliant stuff once again Rockhopper, i guess that's the best way to tackle the Cuillins. Getting closer to compleation. :clap:
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Re: Five days in the Black Cuillin

Postby simon-b » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:29 pm

Just brilliant, Rockhopper. This has really got me looking forward to Skye; I'd already realised that using a guide would be the way to do it. I bet it feels great to have got these done, although it's an experience to relish, not just 'get out of the way'. Your photos give an excellent impression of what's involved.
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