Coigach and Assynt

I’m just back from a three day Falkirk Community Trust climbing and walking trip to the North-West of Scotland. We were based at the Inchnadamph hostel and arrived on Monday to showery conditions. The walkers opted for an ascent of Glas Bheinn from the hostel. The climbers decided on an adventurous day to make the most of the conditions and headed for the rarely climbed short sea stack called the Shark’s Tooth, which is off the sea-cliffs between Achnahaird Bay and Rubha Coigeach. We approached and returned via coasteering and swimming and climbed the South-East arête in wet suits and big boots.

Joanne swimming from the Shark's Tooth.

Joanne swimming from the Shark’s Tooth.

On Tuesday the forecast was better and the walkers made for Suilven, whilst the climbers went to the Old Man of Stoer climbing this classic sea stack via the Original Route and Diamond Face Route.

Joanne, Gerard, Iona and Linda with The Old Man of Stoer behind.

Joanne, Gerard, Iona and Linda with The Old Man of Stoer behind.

Today the walkers traversed Cul Beag whilst the climbers headed up to Stac Pollaidh and climbed the excellent Summer Isle’s Arete Direct and November Groove with both teams taking in the western summit.

Joanne on the easy upper section of Summer Isles Arete Direct, Stac Pollaidh.

Joanne on the easy upper section of Summer Isles Arete Direct, Stac Pollaidh.