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Sgurr nan Gillean-scree swerving suggestions?

Sgurr nan Gillean-scree swerving suggestions?


Postby ridgerunner » Sun Jun 05, 2016 8:56 pm

Route description: Sgurr nan Gillean

Munros included on this walk: Sgurr nan Gillean

Date walked: 04/06/2016

Time taken: 5 hours

Distance: 12 km

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Easy path to follow into second hanging valley but in retrospect i went too far up the central scree rather than heading much further to the left as in Basscadet report 31.5.2015.
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possible routes

My ascent is in black while i think the red line is probably the way i should have gone to avoid most of the scree. Or should it have been the green or even the pink?
The WH walk description does not give much detail here.
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scree split.

As Wh says dont follow the scree as it veers right , i kept straight ahead here up a gully.
Once out the lower part of the corrie there is still boulder/scree to cross before reaching the ridge proper. There seems lots of paths here and everyone seemed to go different ways.
The ridge itself is quite wide so again lots of options and easy scrambling to the top if wanted.
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looking SE to Sgurr na h-Uamha

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looking up the ridge

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basalt dyke/gully

Views from the top.
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looking NE to loch Harport. West ridge showing nice rock window lower centre

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Am Basteir

Am Basteir right of centre, Bruach na Frithe is the highest centre, and Sgurr a Fionn Choire is the dark warty top "below that".
Dead calm at the top and very warm so spent a good hour up here enjoying the company and hazy views.
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Re: Sgurr nan Gillean-scree swerving suggestions?

Postby gman » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:16 pm

Might have bumped into you on the top on Saturday, scree is part of the Cuillin experience :lol:
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Re: Sgurr nan Gillean-scree swerving suggestions?

Postby basscadet » Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:42 am

Was a brilliant weekend to be up there. I probably could of waved at you from Mhadaidh :D

I think I took roughly the red route, you can see the ledge going up a little steeper than the red line :wink:
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Re: Sgurr nan Gillean-scree swerving suggestions?

Postby ridgerunner » Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:18 am

Thanks for that info basscadet.
Puts me in the mood to have another go as from your report it sounds like my style of scrambling.
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Re: Sgurr nan Gillean-scree swerving suggestions?

Postby prog99 » Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:33 am

If you are comfortable abseiling then pinnacle ridge is a superb direct way to the summit and no scree!
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