Scrambling in Scotland's Rockies - Pinned it!
by Mrs Scoob » Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:39 pm
Route description: Sgurr a Mhadaidh & Sgurr a Ghreadaidh
Munros included on this walk: Inaccessible Pinnacle, Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh, Sgurr a'Mhadaidh, Sgurr na Banachdich
Date walked: 20/08/2016
Time taken: 11 hours
Distance: 15.2 km
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Mhadaidh and Ghreadaidh would get all the Round 2 ticks done on Skye for Scoob, but I still had a score to settle with the 'Pinn too since I'd offered to stay at the base and take photos the last time we were there
We left from the Youth Hostel and headed up the same path we'd taken just last Saturday for Banachdich. Thinking An Dorus might be a bottle-neck on such a good day (it was the first time I was here) we peeled off to head up Sgurr Thuilm first so we'd only pass through it once. Instead of heading up the long shoulder though, we cut a corner and ended up crossing the steep, scree-covered hillside Kicking ourselves for not just going for An Dorus in the first place, but it did mean we had a longer ridge route, extra scrambling and scree practice By the time we reached that first summit, we'd taken almost 4 hours Still, once you're up on the ridge, the summits aren't all that far apart - at least in terms of distance So we carried on down through An Dorus (which of course was completely devoid of any other people, so no issues of waiting in a queue after all ) and up on to the summit of Ghreadaidh within an hour. From Ghreadaidh summit, it was just a case of carrying on over the ridge to Banachdich We'd done our research - read up on reports (thanks Leithy!) and spoke to others who had done it (thanks Jonny!). More than happy this was very do-able for us, we carefully picked our way along the ups, downs and narrow bits. No need to go over the third 'tooth' - we were more concerned with time disappearing by now and there was no way I was missing my chance to solo the In Pinn today I know it's all relative to personal comfort zone, which changes with experience, but I didn't actually notice any worryingly narrow or exposed bits on that section. It was still the down climbs that are my own weakest link (I had to remind Scoob that 'down a bit, down a bit' doesn't really help, so please say L/R hand/foot instead ). And so we did it! I did have a wee 'shaky leg' moment heading up the Pinn, more because I wasn't always too confident with where I was putting my feet to get a good push up - I didn't really notice the exposure (too busy concentrating on what I was doing!). Loved the abseil down though - that's still my favourite part So when we headed off the ridge into Coire na Banachdich and lost the path it was really quite exciting to be getting the rope & harnesses out again - made for an abseil down a waterfall instead of having to climb back up to find a better route. Caught a cracking sunset on the way out too, making it back to the car park without torches (just as well since they were still in the van!).
If you've made it to here, all the way through all those photos, well done!! For an even better feel for our day and what that ridge is like, here's Scoob's video
by Alteknacker » Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:18 pm
by Mal Grey » Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:44 am
by pollyh33 » Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:50 am
Oh and a wee bit scary
Well done the Scoobers XXX
by Jaxter » Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:25 am
Cannae wait to get out there myself (although I suspect I'll have a lot more shaky leg moments )
by jacob » Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:29 pm
by Cairngorm creeper » Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:57 pm
by dav2930 » Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:53 pm
Really great photos and the video is well worth watching - for one awful moment it looked like the rope wasn't going to pull through from the anchor on the Pinn! It has to be said the Cuillin are in a class of their own. Brilliant.
by Mrs Scoob » Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:15 pm
Hope you get views like this next time Polly; and don't worry Jaxter you'll be fine!
It was a first outing for the new rope, we maybe should have worked on it a bit longer beforehand Worked out fine thoughdav2930 wrote:...for one awful moment it looked like the rope wasn't going to pull through from the anchor on the Pinn! ...
by malky_c » Sat Aug 27, 2016 4:05 pm
Still haven't had the guts to scramble up the pinnacle ropeless though. Should have done it at the time as I'm way more nervous now! Good effort .
by Sunset tripper » Sun Aug 28, 2016 1:06 am
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by rockhopper » Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:27 am
Think (no...am sure) I'd still want a rope though, getting far more cautious these days - cheers
by Mrs Scoob » Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:51 pm
We reckoned the ridge from Ghreadaidh to Banachdich was technically more difficult, so felt pretty confident by the time we reached the pinnmalky_c wrote:...Still haven't had the guts to scramble up the pinnacle ropeless though...
Thanks; can't wait!Sunset tripper wrote:...All the best in The Rockies
Figure we're really scramblers more than 'proper' climbers, so happier clinging on and keep moving than stopping to pitch anchors and belay. Would never advise, or encourage, anyone else to do this though - each can only decide for ourselves. Caution is good!rockhopper wrote:...Think (no...am sure) I'd still want a rope though, getting far more cautious these days...
by ChrisW » Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:20 am
by Huff_n_Puff » Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:37 am