In goes the pinn
by scottishkennyg » Sun May 18, 2014 7:31 pm
Munros included on this walk: Inaccessible Pinnacle
Date walked: 15/05/2014
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I set off up Coire na Banachdich up passed the waterfall into the corrie. Visibility deteriorated here but it was sheltered and it felt mild. I continued onwards and upwards along various paths and small cairns. I scrambled a few bits and then reached a section which rose steeply to a ridge. I noticed a sheer cliff on one side and sensed I was near top of Sgurr Dearg. I walked along to where I found I was level with the west face of the pinnacle with the iconic bolster stone. It looked daunting in the shrouded visibility.
It was very windy and the clouds were dense and wet, in fact I would say atrocious was a better word. The slabby terrain was treacherous. I noticed an orange storm shelter at the leeward side. I hoped that there were others planning for a climb later. Two lads appeared from the shelter and had a chat for a wee while. They confirmed that 4 others had summited in these conditions since they had been there and had all used gear. Their mates were on the ridge with a guide and just shouted "rope below" as I decided to move on.
I tip toed down the slabs before I fell onto my ****. I slid down a bit more then found the wee path to the starting area. At this point I had the option to walk on, but I decided to take a closer look. I switched on the gopro and with a fully loaded pack and no gear on I stepped onto the wet rock. The wee video tells the story better than words...
I had stepped onto the rock merely to have a recce (to take some shots for a workmate who also wished to climb it) and found myself carrying on beyond the point of no return. (after the first shimmy) The rock and the exposure was tricky but the effects of the wind and the rain increased the risk. I was conscious that the conditions were not the best for unprotected climbing and sensed the danger was present at all times. But I still chose to carry on. Reckon the strong magnet of adventure or stupidity kept me going.
Did I enjoy the experience /achievement ?…in all honesty… YES…absolutely, especially when I reached the ground. Would I have enjoyed it as much if it was a dry clear evening in perfectly safe conditions, aye reckon so.
Hopefully I can enjoy the final munro of this round with the peace of mind that the rope work is done for now.
I would like to go back to the Cuillins and tackle the entire ridge in one crossing with good company. It’s on the bucket list. I will not sell the gear on e bay just yet.
by inca » Sun May 18, 2014 7:50 pm
by rockhopper » Sun May 18, 2014 8:49 pm
Well done - looking forward to the next WR - cheers
by scoob999 » Sun May 18, 2014 8:53 pm
I see you picked a great day for the Pinn Looks a lot scarier and steeper with the gopro though.
Great effort to do it in those conditions. Can't wait to get back up there and do it again
by Hill-loving lady » Sun May 18, 2014 9:51 pm
Guide, helmet and alot of psyching up for me most definitely!!! But date rebooked for July, so watch this space!!!
by AnnieMacD » Sun May 18, 2014 10:35 pm
Congratulations - I'm sure you will never forget it - and please leave No 282 for a good day!
by weaselmaster » Sun May 18, 2014 11:13 pm
I'm off to have nightmares
by The Rodmiester » Mon May 19, 2014 7:35 am
by Sick Kid » Mon May 19, 2014 8:35 pm
How am I going to get up that thing????
In the nicest possible way you're a nutjob!
I want about 10 ropes hanging off me in all directions on a dry, dry, dry, windless day!
Seriously, well done you!
by Mountainlove » Mon May 19, 2014 9:06 pm
by Huff_n_Puff » Mon May 19, 2014 9:08 pm
by mgmt! » Mon May 19, 2014 11:06 pm
you claim to be a qualified mountain guide, yet you write as a novice
if your a qualified guide, climbing a "moderate" is toffee buns ? even in a wet n windy day, and an extrex to navigate off the hil
if your not a qualified guide, then this was a rather dangerous excursion, and as you say may warrant some negative feedback.
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by lochlaggan » Tue May 20, 2014 9:47 am
by brpro26 » Tue May 20, 2014 10:43 am
You’re going to fall!! No anchors, lone climbing, no belayers …strong wind, wet smooth rock, poor visibility and a sheer drop on either side…..Fight or Flight!!
No I would say idiot....I think your judgement was as clouded as your GoPro. The lack of people waiting to go up before you might have been a clue? I'm not doubting you've got the skills but maybe best for another day.
I think you dodged one that day and if your honest, you know that yourself. Glad you never went for Sgurr MC as we might not have had the chance to read your trip report.
Still respect given for having the space-hopper sized gonads to take it on but it wouldn't have been me. I did it on a lovely warm day hanging off a guide and felt no shame in doing that one bit.
Good luck on your impending compleation.
by theformerastronomer » Wed May 21, 2014 1:49 pm
Edited to add: Having watched the video again, I'm definitely in the 'horrified' camp. I did this yesterday in perfect conditions with a rope and belayer and it was all absolutely fine, but the thought of doing it even in those conditions without the safety systems gives me the serious heeby-jeebies.