OK so it wasn’t all good weather but three clear days out of five is a record for my ‘good weather’ days on Skye, whatever the weather it was going to be a full five days work for Skye Guides.
I kick started Sunday in my running trainers with an ascent and traverse of Sgurr Mhicchoinnich, Sgurr Dearg and Sgurr na Banachdaich, the weather was, ahemm – poor but the day was more personal homework for when I finally decide to make an attempt at running the traverse. Monday and Tuesday I was out with Heather who had her sights firmly set on climbing the In. Pinn. Monday was wet and pretty windy, although we did manage to get underneath the ‘Pinn’ it was not going to be a good day to try and tackle its polished fin of rock. The forecast was similar Tuesday but with a change in wind direction we remained optimistic and with that came the reward of an ascent in almost perfect weather.
Wednesday I was joined by Peter, Joy and Olivia. Their request was to walk, climb, abseil and swim all in a day. Aside from the abseil we managed everything else by a walk and scramble up The Spur on Sgurr an Fheadain, a scramble down into Coire na Creiche then a cool dip in the fairy pools on route back to the van. It was their first experience of Skye and graded scrambling for that matter, no wonder they were happy with their performance!
By now the weather had truly turned which meant for my final day on Skye this week I would be guiding Scott and Gav in glorious sunshine up the In Pinn. We decided to ascend the steep path in Coire na Banachdich before hitting the Bealach and slogging up the slopes to the In Pinn. By the time we got there Tamsin was abseiling with two happy customers and another party was close behind. This left us a clear and enjoyable path up the East Ridge, no waiting or queuing required – perfect! The guys made short work of descent down the West Ridge of Sgurr Dearg, a respectful scramble in itself that lends itself to glorious views out to the Islands. A stunning day to finish my week off.