9 Skye Gems

Munros: Am Basteir, Bruach na Frìthe, Inaccessible Pinnacle, Sgùrr a' Ghreadaidh, Sgùrr a' Mhadaidh, Sgùrr Alasdair, Sgùrr Mhic Chòinnich, Sgùrr na Banachdich, Sgùrr nan Gillean

Date walked: 11/05/2017

Time taken: 25 hours

Distance: 24km

Ascent: 3200m

It all started back in September when i had booked a couple of days to do a full traverse of the Cuillin Ridge ,But as it turned out we had some of the worst weather 70mph winds and torrential rain,but still we managed to do Sgurr Mor ,and Sgurr Nan Eag ,So in with this great spell of weather it was back to try again i decided to miss the first 2 and enter via the Great Stone chute and onto Sgurr Alaister the highest of the Cuillin,Quite easy and straightforward keeping to the edge we avoided most of the heavy scree ,2hrs 30 after setting out we were on the summit and now seeing the ridge gave me a BIG idea of what was in store .dropping back down ther is a small climb up to get onto the path on Sgurr Mhic Choinnich and onto Collies Ledge we took a direct climb up off the Ledge to leave just a short walk to the summit ,looking over to the Next part the Innaccesable Pinnicle ,Looked quite close but what stood in front of it seemed undoable but getting closer i could see what was a great looking scramble/climb in what seemed like no time i was then roping up to go up the Inn Pinn this is fairly easy and straight forward with a nice abseil of the back ,i thought right thats the hard bit out the way only to be told by Ollie that there a LOT more difficult and Technicle parts than the Pinn ,leaving the Pinn we headed then to Banachdich ,then over onto Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh the arete at the top is VERY narrow Ollie said if you fall into Italy i'll jump into Switzerland Lol very calming words,We then dropped down into An Dorus and the started up the descent of Sgurr a' Mhadaidh ,leaving the summit the real hard work now begins no Munros but the tops of Mhadaidh ,Bidein Druim nan Ramh and An Caisteal in among this lot it everything abseils some hard climbs and not 1 but 2 jumps over voids the first is easy but the second on heavy legs was to me like a mile lol, Last part is an abseil off An Caisteal then its an easy though steep climb up to the summit of Bruach na Frithe summit number 7 of the day and here i decided i would have my 1st bivvy on top of a Munro the temperature now was very hot so it was now 6pm 11 1/2 hours after setting out ,we sat and chatted Ollie was just days back from hauling a 110kg slde over 30 days in Greenland so it was interesting to listen to him i was up at 4.50 next morning to light rain but the visabilty was still good and forecast was for it to clear,we packed up decided on breakfast on top of Am Basteir we sat for about 10 mins and then set off for the finale Sgurr nan Gillean ,between us and the summit is a great climb up a large chimmney some scrambling then throught the window and another short scrable and we were out onto the summit ,a great sense of elation ,heading down we met another guide and 2 clients heading to Sgurr nan Gillean the guide asked if i would do it again my reply was ask me in 2 weeks NOW next morning my mind is set i am going again there is so much more can be added in varing routes ect ,But before that it will be the Clach Glas Traverse on Blaven

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Ascent to the Pinn there is a bypass if prefered



Top of the Inn Pinn

Ollie my guide and myself




Summit of Sgurr a'Mhadaidh From here on the real fun and hard stuff begins in my opinion



Abseil from An Caisteal

Bruach is a long way up

Summit of Bruach Na Frithe and my choice for my first bivvy on top of a Munro what a choice

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Comments: 14

First venture on the Cuillins WOW

Attachment(s) Munros: Sgùrr Dubh Mòr, Sgùrr nan Eag
Date walked: 09/09/2016
Distance: 15.4km
Ascent: 1185m
Comments: 5
Views: 4174

1 man 2 Dogs 6 Munros 2 Big days in the Cairngorms

Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn a' Bhùird, Beinn a' Chaorainn (Cairngorms), Beinn Bhreac, Beinn Mheadhoin, Ben Avon, Derry Cairngorm
Date walked: 24/07/2016
Distance: 73.1km
Ascent: 3810m
Comments: 13
Views: 7364

A gloomy day on Beinn Eighe

Attachment(s) Munros: Ruadh-stac Mòr (Beinn Eighe), Spidean Coire nan Clach (Beinn Eighe)
Date walked: 19/06/2016
Distance: 18km
Ascent: 1350m
Comments: 2
Views: 2221

Time For Liathach

Attachment(s) Munros: Mullach an Rathain (Liathach), Spidean a' Choire Lèith (Liathach)
Date walked: 17/06/2016
Distance: 11.6km
Ascent: 1541m
Comments: 5
Views: 3529

Day 3 in Torridon Maol Chaon Clag

Attachment(s) Munros: Maol Chean-dearg
Date walked: 16/06/2016
Distance: 18.5km
Ascent: 964m
Comments: 3
Views: 2582

Stunning Beinn Alligin

Attachment(s) Munros: Sgùrr Mòr (Beinn Alligin), Tom na Gruagaich (Beinn Alligin)
Date walked: 14/06/2016
Distance: 13.6km
Ascent: 1330m
Comments: 5
Views: 3455

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Magnificent 9 of South Sheil

Attachment(s) Munros: Aonach Air Chrith, Creag a'Mhàim, Creag nan Dàmh, Druim Shionnach, Maol chinn-dearg, Sgùrr an Doire Leathain, Sgùrr an Lochain, Sgùrr na Sgìne, The Saddle
Date walked: 05/06/2016
Distance: 32.1km
Ascent: 3291m
Comments: 24
Views: 14988

Creag Mhor unusual descent and the Gaurdians of Heasgarnish

Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn Heasgarnich, Creag Mhòr (Glen Lochay)
Date walked: 25/05/2016
Distance: 24km
Ascent: 2100m
Views: 2124

Magical (Mist)ical Glenfinnan

Attachment(s) Munros: Sgùrr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan), Sgùrr Thuilm
Date walked: 22/05/2016
Distance: 24km
Ascent: 1550m
Comments: 7
Views: 4352


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