Over the last three days I have been back working on Skye, this time I was joined by Ian who was keen to tackle a Cuillin traverse should the weather gods allow……

Ian enjoying his first outing on the Cuillin Ridge

Ian enjoying his first outing on the Cuillin Ridge

The forecast had shown potentially great weather throughout Saturday and a short window on Sunday. With this in mind we used Friday to stash our bivi kit at Glac Mor via a short traverse of Sgùrr a’ Mhadaidh, this would leave us with a big first day and an early start Sunday to beat the wet. As it turned out hill fog containing a substantial amount of wet shrouded the southern end of the ridge all day Saturday and so after an early start and an ‘out and back’ to Gars-Bheinn it was soon obvious we were going to have to miss out some of the climbs, something both Ian and I weren’t that keen on. It was decided that we should descend and come back Sunday with a fresh plan.

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Gars-Bheinn - the start of the Cuillin Ridge

Gars-Bheinn – the start of the Cuillin Ridge

After another early bid for the ridge on Sunday we were finally rewarded with stunning blue skies, a cool wind and great views of the ridge, something that was important to Ian having never been on high up on the Cuillin before.

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Emerging from the TD Gap - a tough section for aspiring Cuillin Mountaineers

Emerging from the TD Gap – a tough we section for aspiring Cuillin Mountaineers

Getting ready to tackle 'The pinn'

Getting ready to tackle ‘The pinn’

Inn Pinn action...

Inn Pinn action…

Up the Sgumain Stone Shoot, across to the TD gap and we were off. Several hours later and lots of substantial climbing and scrambling under our belts we were at our bivi kit eating a well deserved ‘boil in the bag’ stashed two days earlier. From Glac Mor we descended and got lucky with a hitch back to Glenbrittle campsite. A great three days and well worth the change in plan to make use of a a rare stunning day on Skye this year!

Quality section of the ridge - Sgùrr a' Ghreadaidh......

Quality section of the ridge – Sgùrr a’ Ghreadaidh……

....and Sgùrr a' Mhadaidh!

….and Sgùrr a’ Mhadaidh!

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All done for another Skye adventure!!

All done for another Skye adventure!!