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Reminiscing of the Cuillin Ridge

Reminiscing of the Cuillin Ridge


by madasa mongoose » Mon May 21, 2012 10:05 am

Munros included on this walk: Am Basteir, Bruach na Frithe, Inaccessible Pinnacle, Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh, Sgurr a'Mhadaidh, Sgurr Alasdair, Sgurr Dubh Mor, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, Sgurr na Banachdich, Sgurr nan Eag, Sgurr nan Gillean

Date walked: 19/05/2003

Time taken: 18 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 4000m

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Re: Reminiscing of the Cuillin Ridge

Postby madasa mongoose » Thu May 24, 2012 12:58 pm

Thanks Dooterbang. I think sometimes photos make things look more scary than they actually are. Yes there are steep bits and exposed bits but the rock is wonderfully sticky (when dry!) and then there's the reassurance of a rope when needed.

If you're aiming to climb the Munros, rather than tackle the ridge, most of these are not dissimilar to some of the more challenging mainland Munros. In my view, the main difficulty of the In Pinn is the exposure (if you can see it - go on a foggy day :wink: ). The climb itself is straightforward and there's the option of being lowered off the top if you're not familiar or confident with abseiling - assuming you're not on your own of course :lol:

The main challenge of the Cuillin is I think in the route finding as you can quickly find yourself in very difficult terrain if you go off route. So I would recommend going with a guide or an experienced friend, then you can relax and enjoy the magical ride :D
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Re: Reminiscing of the Cuillin Ridge

Postby Mainser » Thu May 24, 2012 1:26 pm

Fabulous report.

A mate and I are heading there next week to avoid the Jubilee stuff down here.

I have done a blog about my preparations, feel free to comment on it

http://skye2012.blogspot.co.uk/
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Re: Reminiscing of the Cuillin Ridge

Postby dooterbang » Thu May 24, 2012 6:25 pm

madasa mongoose wrote:Thanks Dooterbang. I think sometimes photos make things look more scary than they actually are. Yes there are steep bits and exposed bits but the rock is wonderfully sticky (when dry!) and then there's the reassurance of a rope when needed.

If you're aiming to climb the Munros, rather than tackle the ridge, most of these are not dissimilar to some of the more challenging mainland Munros. In my view, the main difficulty of the In Pinn is the exposure (if you can see it - go on a foggy day :wink: ). The climb itself is straightforward and there's the option of being lowered off the top if you're not familiar or confident with abseiling - assuming you're not on your own of course :lol:

The main challenge of the Cuillin is I think in the route finding as you can quickly find yourself in very difficult terrain if you go off route. So I would recommend going with a guide or an experienced friend, then you can relax and enjoy the magical ride :D
Thanks for the info...and trying to put my mind at ease :lol: :shock:
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Re: Reminiscing of the Cuillin Ridge

Postby madasa mongoose » Thu May 24, 2012 8:38 pm

Mainser wrote: I have done a blog about my preparations, feel free to comment on it

http://skye2012.blogspot.co.uk/


Looks like you've put in a lot of prep for the ridge and, if you're heading up this weekend, you're in for a treat! Wall to wall sunshine 8) Enjoy! :D
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