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Following in Danny MacAskill's Steps on the Cuillin

Following in Danny MacAskill's Steps on the Cuillin

Postby Quadbarrel » Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:51 pm

Munros included on this walk: Inaccessible Pinnacle, Sgùrr Alasdair, Sgùrr Mhic Chòinnich, Sgùrr na Banachdich

Date walked: 13/10/2014

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 14 km

Ascent: 1550m

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We didn't actually climb the In Pinn :( as we didn't have the gear, which means a bike managed to get further than us!

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 :wink:

This is very early!

Parked at the Memorial Hut, then headed along the road to the Youth Hostel, before heading up next to the Allt Choire a' Ghreadaidh.

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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.

No route to the Cuillins is easy!

First light was coming fast.

The Outer Hebrides behind Glen Brittle

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.

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 :D :D :D . Lets look forward to the snow! :D
Reached the top of Sgurr na Banachdich after a fair slog, where Dad went photo crazy :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:

Loch Harport and The MacLeod's Tables

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!

The Mini In Pinn

First time me and dad had ever seen the famous Loch Coruisk

Our destinations starting to acquire some cloud

Summit Shot

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! :roll:

Only took half a year!

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 :D

Here we are!

I then remembered this was a false summit :shock:


How the heck did Danny MacAskill get up there?!? :clap:

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.

Coire Lagan

We headed up to the top of Sgurr Mhic Choinnich (may as well be called bowgbfguinesp for all I can pronounce it :lol: ), which involved some tricky route finding.

Summit Shot

We were now getting a better view of Sgurr Alasdair than we did when we were on it (in a bit of cloud)

Dad then modeled what we had just walked

[Wolf Whistles]

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 :o . We decided to 'go and have a look', which we did, then magically found ourselves on it :wink: , so had to finish it off! :roll:

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.

Did I mention how much I was looking forward to this?

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.

Coir' a' Ghrunnda

The highest people on Skye!

Finally, for the first time since yesterday evening, we saw a person :o !!!

The Inaccessible Pinnacle is accessed

Headed down the Stone Chute to Coire Lagan, which is a lot more fun than coming up!

Coire Lagan

We could see the Isle of Rum, which is where Dad proposed to Mum :clap: 8) , so Dad started fantasizing about 'the good days' and all that.

Romantic Rum

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...

We had to!

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Re: Following in Danny MacAskill's Steps on the Cuillin

Postby dogplodder » Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:08 pm

That's magnificent - the route you took, the weather, the scenery, everything! :clap:

Much better doing it without the bike. :problem:
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Re: Following in Danny MacAskill's Steps on the Cuillin

Postby SAVAGEALICE » Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:29 pm

Wow! That looks a big day! looks like you had great weather for it. Well done. Some super photos :clap: :D
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Re: Following in Danny MacAskill's Steps on the Cuillin

Postby J888ohn » Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:13 pm

Great report and pics. I was at the In Pinn and did some of the ridge before I knew about the obsession that is Munro Bagging. Need to go back and do it all again and this looks like a great route. Think I came up the scree to the In Pin that day as I remember taking one step forward to slide back two :)
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Re: Following in Danny MacAskill's Steps on the Cuillin

Postby AnnieMacD » Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:59 pm

That was a great read! And what fantastic pictures - glad you got the views this time. Particularly like the one of your Dad with the ridge behind and the one of you 'filling' the bottle! Much bigger achievement than Danny MacAskill - you didn't have a big production team behind you.
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Re: Following in Danny MacAskill's Steps on the Cuillin

Postby Emmanuelle » Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:54 pm

Great, succinct and witty account and beautiful pics. What fantastic weather and views too. I went up Sgurr Alasdair 3 weeks ago, in cloud, so we didn't get such marvellous views as you did. Another excuse to get back up!
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Re: Following in Danny MacAskill's Steps on the Cuillin

Postby Silverhill » Tue Oct 21, 2014 6:41 pm

Fantastic, can’t wait to try these hills! 8)
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Re: Following in Danny MacAskill's Steps on the Cuillin

Postby tomyboy73 » Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:40 pm

nice one, don`t think i`ve seen the inn pinn from that direction before.
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