Its been an enjoyable few days working firstly with Joyce who has been steadily ticking off her Munro list. Last Sunday we managed a traverse of the Aonach Eagach, which although started wet and breezy eventually dried up to give excellent views and a rewarding day out. I could tell Joyce was enjoying the atmosphere in amongst the clouds, its nice to see people relishing the challenge despite the conditions.

I then shot upto Skye to meet Mick and prepare for a big day out. Although Mick has limited climbing experience he has done a reasonable amount of scrambling and so without any further introduction we got stuck into a single day traverse of the Cuillin Ridge. Mick did really well getting to grips with the climbing and scrambling, he endured the traditional battle with the TD Gap and made good progress right upto the In Pinn.

From here Micks feet started to hurt a little whilst descending but he kept on moving making good progress over the four tops of Mhadaidh and the ever impressive Bidein Druim nan Ramh. The long approach to Bruach na frithe was hot and humid but by 8pm we were under Naismiths Route which was going to be a sting in the tail. The final mantle nearly outdid Mick but with some grit and determination we completed our traverse before walking out to a beautiful sunset.

Naismiths Route

Almost done – Naismiths Route

Today Mick and I had a leisurely time climbing rock routes at Suisnish Pillar. the only downside was the horrendous amounts of midgies sheltering down under the sea cliff and eventually following us up all over the crag. We battled on for a further route but it was torturous so we ran away for coffee and cake – well, I had cake! Well done Mick for putting in a great effort.

Being assaulted by the ‘midge’

Climbing Coffee Capers (S)