Tuesday Paul and I were ‘up and at em’ early doors to try and beat the impending wet weather. The plan was to go from the TD Gap to The Inn Pinn taking in all the climbs that Paul had to miss out on his traverse of the Cuillin Ridge. We approached via the Sgumain Stone Shoot which has seen a very large rock fall just above Vulcan Wall, care is needed to get past this but we were soon heading up over Sgurr Sgumain and toward Sgurr Alasdair. As we got higher things became very greasy and increasingly wet. I convinced Paul that the TD Gap is no fun in such conditions so we went straight over Alasdair and down the Thearlaich Slabs by which time it was pouring with rain. Paul got psyched up as we made a beeline for Kings Chimney; unfortunately he found it quite challenging in the wet but with a surge of energy managed to get himself established above the chockstone and to the top of the route. After the exertion of this climb we descended over MhicChoinnich and down the An Stac screes, another fine Cuillin outing in more typical weather!

Paul at the top of a wet Kings Chimney

Paul at the top of a wet Kings Chimney

Wednesday I was out with Skye Guides regular Carol and first time scrambler Lucia. Aiming to find something challenging but not scary in wet greasy conditions we went for Thuilm Ridge of Sgurr a Mhadaidh and up and down Ghreadaidh before descending An Dorus. What can I say, it was smiles all day and we even managed to stay dry!

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Thankfully Thursday was my day off as it was nothing but torrential on Skye. I then met up with Frances on Friday morning who felt anxious about being on exposed ground but was keen for a taste of scrambling. We climbed Sgurr a Mhadaidh via An Dorus taking in the challenging ‘step’ out of the gap. It was wet and windy but Frances looked to be enjoying herself so yesterday we built on the experience and scrambled up to Bruach na Frithe via Coire a Bhasteir before descending the NE Ridge. This outing is a great way to experience the Northern end of the Cuillin without tackling anything too extreme and nicely finished off Frances couple of days on Skye.

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