Creepers on the Crest to Sgurr na Banachdich
by Cairngorm creeper » Sun Aug 28, 2016 3:54 pm
Munros included on this walk: Sgurr na Banachdich
Date walked: 20/08/2016
Distance: 9.44 km
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We started out from the campsite at Morvich
We parked by The Glen Brittle YH and were walking by 07:40. The smaller parking areas were already busy so we were pleased to have made the early start. Then taking the left hand branch of the path into Coire na Banachdich. .
There was an obvious path which led high up into the Coire and stayed on the right hand side of the Altt Coire na Banachdich all the way, contrary to the map which showed it crossing the burn then back again. We by stopped for a drink and filled our water bottles by a sparkling clear pool near the final branch in the burn. Here the still obvious path continued up along its right hand branch and when the stream finally dwindled away the path continued to the foot of a gully on the right of the line of crags. There were occasional cairns marking the route. At the top of the gully the path ran to left under a line of crags until it reached the scree slope leading up to the Bealach. There were mutiple paths in the scree but we found the easiest line ran up the right hand side bringing us out by some stange shaped bouldery outcrops. .
Now the ridge. .
I had always imagined the Cuillin Ridge to be an exposed committing scramble, all the way along and I know many sections of it are, but here, although the crest is definately an exposed scramble, there is a bypass path most of the way. We had thought we had cracked knife edges on The Saddle, until we encountered this. The drop on the east is several hundred metres. We traversed the western side where the drop was just a few metres to the ground and it had better handholds.
Another lesson for me is that the narrowest part of a ridge doesn't always mean that it is unavoidable or exposed on both sides. .
The danger of paths Is that once you are on them the temptation is to just keep going and it takes willpower to move back onto the crest. We were busy bypassing the central pinnacle and when the error of our ways was realised we had to climb up the side to regain the crest. You find wild flowers in the most unusual places and I received a ticking off for taking pictures of these while the OH was risking life and limb.
The very brave may descend the centre pinnacle by its very sharp nose but this seemed to lead into a gully so we came down to the west just before it. Rather than follow the last section of crest we diverted to look at the cone sheets of dolerite.
Then back up to the ridge and onto the summit.
Then time to come down, except we couldn't make up our minds which descent to choose. The going was hard but the views made up for it.
16:09 and back to the car.
by Huff_n_Puff » Sun Aug 28, 2016 4:32 pm
by Cairngorm creeper » Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:07 pm
Thank you. Not sure how we would make it back if we were deprived of our summit brew.Huff_n_Puff wrote:Beautiful, stunning photos and I love seeing the places you choose for a brew up
by oslaallen » Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:06 pm
by BlackPanther » Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:36 pm
by Cairngorm creeper » Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:11 am
oslaallen wrote:Brilliant pictures! Scrambled up Sgurr Nan Ghobar in the clag and pouring rain last month, so it's excellent to see what we missed After seeing all your recent posts I know you'd have had no problems whatsoever going down Sgurr Nan Ghobar. Your recent reports have been giving me loads of ideas for future scrambling adventures, so thanks for posting!
Thank you for the encouragement. Such a shame you missed the views and good weather, it is a stunning spot. Happy scrambling
by Cairngorm creeper » Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:16 am
BlackPanther wrote:I was up Banachdich twice but always via the easy route, well, this looks much more technical. If I ever brave it, I must remember to take spare pants
Spare pants are always useful in Skye but from your walk reports I know you are decidedly braver than me so doubt you'll need them.