Skye with Dad, nailing the Pin In
by Beaner001 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:16 pm
Munros included on this walk: Am Basteir, Inaccessible Pinnacle, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, Sgurr nan Gillean
Date walked: 02/07/2015
Time taken: 18 hours
Distance: 23 km
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We had called Paddy (our guide) earlier and he confirmed a 9am meet at the Sligachan Mountain rescue hut. Great, we would get a full breakfast at 7.20 and be away the back of 8 to meet Paddy. He said because the weather was not to be the best today that we'd do Am Basteir and Sgurr nan Gillean.
Introductions were done, it was only him and us and then we loaded the kit into our packs and Paddy gave me the rope to carry, it was extra weight I could do without but it made me look as close as i'll ever be to a proper climber so the extra effort was worth it
We followed the path up to Bealach a' Bhasteir where we left the packs and got our harnesses and helmets on.
Paddy led at a good pace and we soon reached a section where he would lower us down around ten feet as a section of rock had broken away leaving a near vertical drop. I went first and waited on dad, he was a little less steady but managed it fine.
Next stop was the summit of Am Basteir, the clag was down but Paddy assured us that the drop over the edge to the North was sheer
We returned to the Bealach and loaded the packs on again and made our way to the Chimney we would ascend up to get to Gillean. Paddy said the options here were to leave the packs and return that way with him lowering us down or we take the packs and we descend off Gillean a more gradual way but it be slightly longer in time and distance. I saw in dads eyes he was not quite ready for the descent so we opted to take our packs. Paddy roped us up and we climbed up the chimney to reach him. This felt great and of course Paddy made us feel at ease and safe.
We scrambled round the corner to the window, Paddy said as we were carrying our packs that we could not go through as it be too tight a squeeze. Nevertheless we contoured round to it's left and soon were on the summit of Gillean. The clag was still thick but it broke briefly for views back to Am Basteir.
We took the longer more gradual route off Gillean which took us East away from the summit and then back West below Pinnacle Ridge and then back onto our outward route back to the cars.
Paddy arranged our gear for quick easy distribution tomorrow and we set off back for showers and food after agreeing to meet again at 9am the next day at the third cottage in along Glen Brittle.
We decided on not such a heavy breakfast the day of the Pin, the weather in Kyle was also drizzle so I was fearing the worst but as we arrived at the meeting point in Glen Brittle Paddy was encouraged by the weather. He said we'd go for Mhic Choinnich first today as a big group had not long passed heading for the Pin. We walked up along the path towards Coire Lagan, once up next to the wee loch below the Great Stone Chute to Alasdair we took a rest and some food.
Paddy said our next target was just below An Stac where we'd ditch the packs and head over the bealach to Mhich Choinnich. This was quite a scrambly part, nothing technical or hard but constant scrambling, good foot and hand holds though.
Soon we made the summit of Mhich Choinnich, it had a memorial from back in the 50's on the summit but it was cracked. Paddy believed this was due to a lightening strike.
We retraced our steps back to the packs passing the big group that had just summited the Pin on the way. Their guide informed us that there was no queue which was a boost.
We had a quick food stop then started the climb up to the left of An Stac towards the foot of the Pin. On reaching it the sun was starting to burn through and views were opening up. A solo climber then came over the top of An Stac and asked if he could shoot on in front of us up the Pin as he was not roping, up he went and we never saw him again, ridge traverse must have been the reason for his haste. Paddy got all the ropes ready then gave us his instructions and then set off on the first pitch.
Dad then followed and me last, the first pitch had great food and hand holds till one section that the foot hold is not great, we made it over that and met Paddy where he'd set the anchor. He took our picture as things were really brightening up.
The second pitch is a lot easier but a bit more exposed but we were soon hugging the summit rock. As we were the only soles there and would not be holding anyone up Paddy set up and anchor and allowed us up to touch the true summit, this is not something he normally does but due to their only being me and dad he suggested to us it be fine. Great stuff, we'd done it, now lets get down safely. Paddy lowered dad first and he did great, down in super quick time. Me next and the adrenalin going through my body made the experience awesome. We waited on the limpet Paddy as he kindly went back down to the base of the Pin for the bags and we took photos from the summit of Sgurr Dearg.
Soon we were on our way back down the ridge past window buttress and back to the path out. I must take my hat off to people that are able to do continuous days on the Cuillin as I was really feeling it on the route back to the car, mostly because I was wearing my Manta winter boots as I did not want to wreck my summer ones. This proved a good decision as the Mantas saw a fair bit of wear over the two days. I was so glad to get out of the boots and into trainers, the sun was shining and I lay for 10 minutes while I waited on dad and Paddy. We cannot thank Paddy enough for the great two days he gave us, I imagine we'll manage the rest of the Cuillin ourselves but it was a great feeling knowing we were with a guide whom knew all the routes etc as that would be one hard place to be navigating in clag
One last stop over the bridge in Kyle to take a photo of Skye as the light was fading.
Great couple of days, probably the best I've had and luckily I got to spend them with the Mannie Beaner
by kmai1961 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:36 pm
You guys got the (really scary) ones done that we-all didn't get to in May...
by teaandpies » Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:01 pm
by SecretSquirrel » Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:08 pm
Great pics and a day to remember!
by ancancha » Tue Jul 14, 2015 5:19 pm
Great report and photos.
A happy achievement for both of you
by The Rodmiester » Tue Jul 14, 2015 5:33 pm
by SAVAGEALICE » Tue Jul 14, 2015 6:29 pm
by Petr Dakota » Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:08 pm
glad that you had some views for the effort...and nice to see done by two generation Well done
by Silverhill » Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:03 pm
This is very informative. I’ve got a trip to Skye planned in August (eeks!). I think I will be losing some sleep now.
by Wanderlust7 » Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:30 am
by Alteknacker » Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:38 am
by martin.h » Wed Jul 15, 2015 1:06 pm
What fantastic weather for a brilliant experience. We're looking to have a go at some of the Munros on Skye next year and hoping to use Paddy, fingers crossed.
It looks brilliant on those mountains.
by spiderwebb » Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:02 pm
So next time the Inn Pinn from the short side ?
by pollyh33 » Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:48 pm
I still have those two scary beasts to do, so your report was really helpful and encouraging- thanks!
Can I ask - was the In Pinn your 150th?
Pleased to say it was mine and in fantastic sunshine like you also.
by rockhopper » Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:08 pm
Good to hear you had a great time with Paddy - he guided three other guys and me round the Cuillin a couple of years back - cracking week and he was great - cheers