Its been a damp and breezy week on the Isle of Skye, not many views either as the island has lived up to its reputation as the Misty Isle. Thankfully the last few days have not been as wet as forecast; something of a rarity…..

Skye Cuillin Guiding

Last Tuesday I was out with Chris who has done a little climbing outside and keen to progress his skills as a leader. I took him back to Suishnish Pillar as I knew even with a few showers the rock dries quickly and is grippy enough to climb in the wet anyway. I led us up Left Edge (D) and split the pitch so we could learn a little more about gear placements and belays. After-which we placed plenty of protection along the base of the crag, assessing each one so Chris could see what he needed to do to be safe. After cruising up Afternoon Tea (VD) I decided Chris was capable of getting on the lead. I pointed him at Right Edge (VD) which has loads of gear, huge holds and an easy to build belay at the top. It was a showery day but enjoyable and productive nonetheless.

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On Thursday I was back in the Cuillin guiding Pauline up Sgurr MhicChoinnich which was to be her penultimate Munro on Skye and leaving her with just 10 to go in total. It was very cloudy, damp and breezy, and although we had no views Pauline was just keen to get it done and out the way. We ascended the left hand side of the An Stac scree’s which is slightly easier before scrambling up to the summit and returning the same way. Success for Pauline and an enjoyable day to be out in the hills.

Skye Cuillin Guiding

Heather and Jean returned to Skye on Friday to get Sgurr Dubh Mor done; a thorn in Heathers side as it is her last Munro on Skye and one of just 13 left to complete. Today wasn’t the day however, as tiredness took over after a long drive, illness and huge workload over the last few weeks. Hopefully she will be back!

Skye Cuillin Guiding

Skye Cuillin Guiding

Saturday I was joined by Jeff and American working in London. Jeff was just happy to get out and experience some scrambling. Again the forecast looked poor but in the end it was just breezy and a little damp on the tops. We ascended the Sgumain stone shoot before continuing over its summit and onto Sgurr Alasdair. Descent was via the Great stone shoot which was as much fun as always……

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Finally today I met up with Emily, Nikki and Phill, the agenda; Sgurr Mhadaidh and Sgurr Ghreadaidh – two of the Cuillin’s more assessable Munros. They were all quite anxious but managed to summit Mhadaidh in good style. In heavy bursts of rain I couldn’t convince them to carry onto Ghreadaidh but its their day and one which they said they fully enjoyed. This week I will be working locally around Lochaber and hopefully manage a couple of days on dry rock- if I can find some………

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