Its been a wet and windy few days on the Isle of Skye – torrential and storm force at times, but we continued with our efforts to get as many Skye Munros done with our two teams of budding mountaineers. I have been working for West Coast Mountain Guides on behalf of Steven Fallon.
The last three days I have been out with Lone, Douglas, Jane and Kevin. All have been to Skye previously but the main Cuillin Ridge Munros were new to all of them. We battled with ferocious winds and an incredible amount of rainfall but came away with Sgurr a’ Mhadaidh, Am Basteir, Bruach Na Frithe, Sgurr MhicCoinnich and the Inn Pinn. A valiant effort under such terrible conditions – well done everyone.
Last week I was working with Scott with a further eight folk, all keen to summit as many Munros as the weather would allow. Again the winds were simply ferocious making things difficult to attain. However, most of our team were left with just Sgurr nan Gillean and Am Basteir to do which is a fine effort given the conditions. For me it was a chance to work with Scott, another AMI Instructor who has been guiding on Skye longer than I have. I learnt a couple of new short cuts and finally took the bypass on Sgurr Dubh Mor – every day is a school day!
To cap the week off Lone and Jane had created a cheery song which they proudly sang to me on the final day, this was a first! To the melody from the Sound of Music – My Favourite Things……..
Foot holds, hand holds, scree slopes and chimneys
Climbing, traversing great mountains the Sgurr ‘thing-mies’
Steve was our Guide who gave harness and ropes
Then like a gazelle he ascended the slopes
When the fear strikes
When the rain falls
When your feeling saaaaad
We’ll simply remember the Cuillins of Skye and then we wont feel sooooo baaaad.