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A Proper Mixed bag - Skye Meet
by Fife Flyer » Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:18 pm
Route description: The Saddle, Forcan Ridge and Sgurr na Sgine
Munros included on this walk: Bruach na Frithe, Inaccessible Pinnacle, Sgurr na Sgine, The Saddle
Date walked: 12/07/2018
Time taken: 22 hours
Distance: 34 km
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The original plan was the Forcan Ridge on the way, Friday - Alasdair, Eag & Dubh, Saturday - Am Bastier for Nigel's compleation and the In Pin before heading home on Sunday and you would think after the fantastic weather we have had recently this wouldn't be a problem - welcome to Skye.
This will probably be the longest WR in history, as rather than post 3 separate reports all 3 days will be on here.
Day 1 - Thursday 12th July 2018
Location - Forcan Ridge
Participants - Me, George and Parminder
Route - standard WH route so won't bother with a map etc, took about 8 hours
We arrived at the start point for the Forcan Ridge and we were on our way just before 11am, there was cloud lingering menacingly on the higher slopes but we were convinced that would clear by the time we reached those dizzy heights. As we started to climb on the nice gradual path we soon started overheating and things were looking good, we could see another 2 walkers ahead in the distance and 3 behind us.
George checking Parminder to make sure he is ready
Parminder was left in charge of closing the gate with a reef knot
George taking on fluids and we had barely started
Looking east from the lower slopes down Glen Shiel
A 10 minute delay while George rummages through Parminders rucksack for his towel
Nearly found it
George admiring Parminders bath towel
Looking east from higher up, the cloud is still there and we would be in it soon!!!!
We were overtaken by the 3 who started behind us, but we would soon be the leading group
Cloud swirling around
Last look east down Glen Shiel before we entered the cloud - that was still there, Met Office speak with forked tongue
We opted to go along the ridge and I have to say there were quite a few "interesting" moments, in the dry they wouldn't be a problem but as we all know wet slabby rocks require great care and attention. The other 2 walkers opted to take the lower bypass path which in the conditions was certainly the safe option, but we were Skye bound so we needed a bit of practice.
For anyone who is squeamish and doesn't like action photo's, just click the 'great' report at the bottom and go onto the next report. Some of the photo's make the scrambling look worse than it was, others do the opposite - you decide!
Now the fun begins, Parminders first real scramble
Ready for more, you will see the other 3 in the background
Sticks away now and hands in use, note jackets are now on and would stay on for the next 5 hours
Here he comes, keen to get his hands dirty
The way ahead
George leading the way
Head down and hands on
Up over and down
No clean hands for us today
Here he comes, no rush we had to stick together
Apologies Parminder, as you are ALWAYS at the back you are in the majority of the photo's
Parminder enjoying this now
That really is a smile
Sorry George it is your turn to demonstrate how to traverse a slippy slab.
Relief written all over his face
George thinking "you are having a laugh"
Something different, just to prove we do look around
Such a poser, especially with pointy things in the background
You would think with all the bending down we would have sore backs?
George running away to avoid being photo'd
Behind me again, not sure how this happens?
On top of another lump, only problem we have to go down
One of the easier descents, chimney's are great - we will take bookings for Christmas.....
George about to appear
A flattish path, not for long though
George admiring the drop
Who could this be appearing out of the clag?
Not finished yet
Admiring the cracking view
That is about as good as the view gets, a tiny little break in the cloud
More coming down stuff
Elegant - you decide?
Hang on tight
5 points of contact
We opted to go down and round that for obvious reasons
We all know what this is called?
Last little bit and then a slight climb to the trig on the summit of The Saddle
Admiring the views again
Laughing at Parminders latest story
Pebble dashed trig
Descending off The Saddle we caught up the 2 walkers who used the bypass, they were planning to head back to the car and miss out the 2nd summit. they were accompanied by a young female from Ozz who we presume descended too.
Below the cloud now, so a view looking west
George always leads on the descent as he is a demon descender
The lochan at the bottom before the next ascent begins, won't bore you with the name
Nearly stood on this little chap, I think you can tell how damp it had been?
George waiting patiently
We opted to dump the rucksacks at the crossroads where the path heads to the summit and the final descent
The route across to Sgurr na Sgine involves much going down and then up and as we couldn't see that far ahead there was much disappointment - that is until we eventually reached the summit. I didn't take many photo's on this part of the walk as it was pretty tedious.
Here it is
Parminder doing a of faffing while George was marching around the summit in a very purposeful manner?
On the final descent now down the shoulder, pretty good path all the way down, guess who was at the back?
Kind of demonstrates how much water had fallen whilst we were up in the clouds
Hooray we can see the road, looking east down the Glen
Still along way down
Seen better days
Our final obstacle, crossing that yesterday would have been a doddle before the hours and hours of rain
That was the Forcan Ridge totally different from my last experience 3 years ago, when there wasn't a cloud in the sky.
Day 2, would you believe Friday the 13th
Location - Inaccessible Pinnacle
Participants - Jonah & his assistant Cat, Me, George, Martin G, Parminder, John, Ali, Alistair, Badge & Kev
Route - Jonah's took about 8 hours
Our original plan was changed as our guide Jonah suggested as Friday looked like being the best day we tackle the In Pin. As there were 9 of us he had enrolled Cat who was training to be a guide.
We met at the usual starting point in Glen Brittle and were duly kitted out with all the necessary gear and set off just 9am. The weather was fantastic and as we ascended and gained height the views were amazing looking out to the islands of Canna, Rum, Eigg, and eventually Soay.
DSC03189 by Martin F Beswick, on Flickr
Heading up there, eventually
Gentle climb initially
What a view
Gaining height now
Starting to spread out, Cat assisting at the rear
Reached the rocky bits now
Entering the cloud soon
Cloud does add drama
Parminder leading - is this a first?
Bit more hands on as we gain account
Managed to find a brief gap in the cloud
Nice little ledge, wouldn't be fun when wet
Alistair leading now
Here it is again
I have umpteen photo's of members of the group being lowered and unfortunately the pictures of George are the best, so he will be the star of the show, apart from a few selected others. Jonah took us up in groups of 3, I was first in the first group followed by Martin and then George.
George beginning the lowering process
Down safely, hopefully that shows what the descent off the Pin involves
This is what it is like on the summit, not much room
A slightly different angle, Alistair nearing the bottom
Parminder about to descend
Kev opting to take a seat on the ledge
All over now, great care needed on the descent
Kev leading now
Is that a worried look?
That concludes the In Pin adventure, we had arranged to meet up next morning at the Slig Rescue Post at 9am.
Day 3 - Saturday 14th July 2018
Location - Bruach na Frithe
Participants - as per the In Pin
Route - as per WH, took about 6 hours
The original plan to tackle Am Bastier, as things transpired that plan was binned as the weather turned rather grotty when we gained height. I apologise for the lack of photo's but when you see the conditions later I am sure you will understand.
We set off shortly before 9am, however Cat wasn't feeling very well and once the weather took a turn for the worse Jonah told her to head back down the hill.
Early shot of Am Bastier and it does look along way away
Over the bridge, note the weather looks not too bad
Am Bastier from a bit closer, at this point we were still heading that way
Not much water tumbling down
Looking back towards the Slig, we were now well spread out on our route march
Waiting to regroup, weather on the turn
Looking at the way ahead
Waterproofs on and we were now heading for Bruach na Frithe
This is what we took a soaking for, summit trig on BnF
After reaching the summit, we sheltered out of the wind and rain, well the wind
Parminder loves being wet - it's official
Kev looking happy at reaching the summit of BnF for a 2nd time
For fairly obvious reasons we didn't stay and admire the views or appreciate the weather. As with all descents great care was still taken, I along with a couple of others ended up on my backside on the loose scree. We knew the tricky part of the descent was still ahead, descending on wet slabby basalt required concentration and care.
Far better than the Fairy Pools
Look how clear the water is
Nearly back now, once again we were scattered all over the descent route
We all regrouped in the Slig Inn for a well earned drink, only trouble was I was one of the drivers and would rather have headed back to the hostel to get out of the wet gear.
Turned out to be a great weekend even though the weather tried it's best to ruin it. Unfortunately the forecast for the Sunday was more of the same, so the majority of us wimped out and headed home. I couldn't really walk as I had no dry gear with me and the drying room at the Hostel wasn't really a drying room.
A huge thanks to Maja for organising the meet and of course to Kev for the quiz, especially as the best team won. Of course well done Hugh for volunteering to organise the next Meet.
by rockhopper » Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:46 am
by sunshine65 » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:07 am
by dibs » Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:19 am
A big thanks to Jonah and Cat for more memories on the Misty Isle Hope you both have a great rest of the year.
by parminder » Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:18 pm
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