Following in Danny MacAskill's Steps on the Cuillin
by Quadbarrel » Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:51 pm
Munros included on this walk: Inaccessible Pinnacle, Sgurr Alasdair, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, Sgurr na Banachdich
Date walked: 13/10/2014
Time taken: 8 hours
Distance: 14 km
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Because this was our most ambitious walk on the Cuillin Ridge so far (I'd been dreaming about them for months), we didn't know how long we'd take, so headed out as early as possible
Parked at the Memorial Hut, then headed along the road to the Youth Hostel, before heading up next to the Allt Choire a' Ghreadaidh.
Turned off on the path to Coir' an Eich. We decided to go up this way over Coire na Banachdich after much debate because we wouldn't have to double back on ourselves, despite some guides we'd read saying this was the 'boring' route.
First light was coming fast.
We headed up the screes above the corrie and after a bit of a slog reached the An Diallaid ridge, where we got a pretty impressive view into Coire a' Ghreadaidh.
Started heading up the ridge to Sgurr na Banachdich, which is surely the widest in the whole of the Black Cuillin! Started to encounter some frost for the first time this year as well . Lets look forward to the snow!
Reached the top of Sgurr na Banachdich after a fair slog, where Dad went photo crazy
We thought we could see the In Pinn, but this In Pinn was actually a mini In Pinn on top of the big In Pinn!
Headed down the ridge towards Bealach Coire na Banachdich, which we had previously given up trying to reach in the clouds last Easter - we were trying to reach Loch Coruisk and get back to Glen Brittle in just a morning!
Headed up the very intimidating buttress of Sgurr Dearg, which didn't take long at all compared to what I expected - don't you just love it when a false summit turns out to be the actual summit
I then remembered this was a false summit
How the heck did Danny MacAskill get up there?!?
Started to head down the slope to An Stac and Bealach Coire Lagan, which would definitely be interesting if wet ! Contoured round the top of the An Stac screes.
We headed up to the top of Sgurr Mhic Choinnich (may as well be called bowgbfguinesp for all I can pronounce it ), which involved some tricky route finding.
Dad then modeled what we had just walked
We had lunch just below the tiny summit and discussed what we were going to do next as we knew Collie's Ledge was in the way of Sgurr Alasdair . We decided to 'go and have a look', which we did, then magically found ourselves on it , so had to finish it off!
Reached Bealach Mhic Choinnich, which we hadn't planned to have actually got to, so we were unsure of whereabouts the path went, so decided to head down the scree slope towards Coire Lagan and when it was safe to do so, contour round to the Great Stone Chute.
Once the massacre was over, we headed up on to Sgurr Alasdair, which is the second time we've done it, the first was in Easter in the cloud.
Finally, for the first time since yesterday evening, we saw a person !!!
Headed down the Stone Chute to Coire Lagan, which is a lot more fun than coming up!
We could see the Isle of Rum, which is where Dad proposed to Mum , so Dad started fantasizing about 'the good days' and all that.
Instead of heading down the path to the campsite, we took the branch of right to the Memorial Hut, past Loch an Fhir-bhallaich, or 'that loch' as I like to call it. The bottles were also a bit low, so when we reached Eas Mor...
by dogplodder » Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:08 pm
Much better doing it without the bike.
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