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Blaven by the Clac Glas ridge

Blaven by the Clac Glas ridge


Postby jonathan - norfolk » Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:53 am

Munros included on this walk: Bla Bheinn

Date walked: 05/07/1990

Time taken: 10 hours

Distance: 11 km

Ascent: 1000m

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Bla Bheinn (Blaven) and the Clac Glas ridge (Cuillins, Skye) from Loch Slappin. The route up initially follows the Allt an Dunaiche before reaching the col between Sgurr nan Each and the Clac Glas ridge itself.
This was really the wrong choice of route for the conditions. Having been pushed off the main Cuillin ridge by bad weather three times in the last week we thought we’d give this route a go. Cold, wet and windy, we even had sleet at one point. Both of us had recently been leading VS rock climbs on grit south of the border, but in this weather, frankly, the route was rather too close to our limits, and well out of our comfort zone - scary stuff. Difficulties with route finding and slow progress over difficult ground meant that this turned into a much longer day than we’d anticipated and we eventually got off the mountain at about 1.00 a.m. It was still a fantastic outing, exceptionally exposed and it unquestionably needed a rope for most people, even in good conditions and not one to be taken lightly as we had done.
An excellent account of this route by John MacKenzie is included in the book “Wild Walks” compiled by Ken Wilson and Richard Gilbert (1988) if you can get a copy. We’d obviously missed the bit that stated: “In conditions of snow, high wind or heavy rain the ridge should be left to the experts”. We were not experts, but we were young and very fit and we got away with it, but we’d both agree with the statement! That said, it remains one of my best ever, and most memorable, days out in the hills.
:D :D :D :D
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Re: Blaven by the Clac Glas ridge

Postby Meatball » Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:32 pm

Any pictures of your day?
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Re: Blaven by the Clac Glas ridge

Postby jonathan - norfolk » Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:52 pm

No photos taken on the day (I was somewhat pre-occupied!) although the book I cited has some awesome photos and I will be uploading some photos of Blaven taken on a subsequent trip soon.
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Re: Blaven by the Clac Glas ridge

Postby gaffr » Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:46 am

Yes, this is a fine day out....but in dry conditions. :)
To make a grand traverse you can visit a Graham, Corbett, a non Categorised and a Munro all in the same day.... highly recommended. :) ...Belig, Garbh bheinn, Clach Glas and Bla-Bheinn.
If I may.....a couple of images, the only ones that I have, maybe to show the type of terrain that is to be found on Clach Glas.
7%20%20Descent%20from%20The%20Imposter.jpg
A bit of downclimbing.
8%20The%20way%20onto%20Clach%20Glas%20summit%20block.jpg
The way we found onto the summit block....a wee traverse and a pull round the corner onto a slab.
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