Skye

Just back from a Falkirk Community Trust Skye and Glen Affric trip. On Monday after dropping Craig and the walking team off to walk in to Glen Affric John, Donald, Joanne, Linda, Pete and I carried on to Skye.

Donald and Pete on Clach Glas.

On Monday afternoon we headed to Talisker and did the Boaswell’s Buttress and Summit Buttress scrambles on the unusual Preshal Mor. This hill is made of columnor basalt up to 120m thick and gives interesting scrambling, although care is required with loose rock and the basalt is slippery in the wet.

Linda and Joanne above Loch Coruisk.

The original plan had been for a two day Cuillin Ridge traverse, but a forecast of heavy rain for Tuesday night saw a change of plan to give us a roof over our heads. We started from Loch Ainort and scrambled up and over Garbh-bheinn before completing the classic Clach Glas Blabheinn Traverse and descending the south ridge of Blabheinn to Camasunary. After a night there we walked around to Loch Coruisk via The Bad Step before ascending The Dubh Slabs to Sgurr Dubh Beag and then on over Sgurr Dubh Mor and Dubh na da Bheinn to Coire a’Ghrunnda and out to The Glen Brittle Youth Hostel. Two classic Scottish mountaineering days. We had good weather during the day on Tuesday, whilst the southern part of the main ridge was in cloud. On Wednesday it was sunny until above the Dubh Slabs after which we were in cloud with heavy rain and occasional sleet showers. Today was spent retrieving the mini-bus, picking up the walkers and travelling back.