Last week I was working for Skye Guides in absolutely glorious weather, which meant lots of time to scramble around these spectacular mountains, enjoying the sunshine and even getting this seasons first taste of wild swimming. Last Monday Dave travelled up from Fort William to accompany me on a wander around the ridge, we did the Dubh Slabs followed by the TD Gap and Kings Chimney before scrambling up the amazing An Stac and climbing South Crack on the Inn Pinn.
I then had a day guiding Paul and Geoff up the Dubh Slabs and over Sgùrr dubh mor which even though Paul had done this route previously, they seemed to enjoy hugely.
I then met up with Murkesh, Jonathan,John and Ian for three days guiding in perfect weather and enduring great banter. On their first day we completed the Inn Pinn & Sgùrr MhicChoinnich before heading along Collies Ledge and dropping in to join the Great Stone Shoot. Jonathan and Ian had the second day off to rest whilst John, Murkesh and I tackled the middle section which happens to be one of my favourite parts of the ridge. This involved the Thuilm Ridge onto Sgùrr a’ Mhadaidh over the Four Tops and traversing Bidein druim nan ramh before dropping down into Coire Harta. On our final day I took the guys over Sgùrr nan Each and onto the traverse of Clach Glas, which we all enjoyed immensely enjoying the solitude away from the main Cuillin Ridge.
On my final day of the week (yesterday) I was working with Rory guiding eight people from Aberdeenshire up Sgùrr a’ Mhadaidh and Sgùrr a’ Ghreadaidh. Not much solitude but the weather played ball and everyone had a superb time soaking up the views and enjoying the lovely dry rock.