Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Single Day Cuillin Ridge Traverse

This is the vis we had to contend with
Still bad vis
Another Cuillin ambition achieved today for both Malcolm my client and I.  After our training day and a good rest day yesterday we left the car at Glen Brittle at 04.30 for a one day ridge traverse.  It was looking good as we drove through the glen but unfortunately the Cuillin mist descended on us.  On the summit of Gars Bheinn we couldn't see a thing!  It was like this all the way to Bruach na Frithe.  No view and very wet and slippy rock.  We had to by pass the TD Gap and Kings Chimney, climbed the In Pinn, by-passed Bidean Druim nan Ramh, by-passed Naismiths route and climbed onto Am Bastier via Lota Coire Route and then finnished via the west ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean.  From Gars Bheinn to Sgurr nan Gillean was 10 hours which was two hours quicker than the winter traverse last year.  Hopefully the conditions are good for another winter traverse as one of my ambitions is to guide it... It was a brilliant day with great company (also very hill fit) and it was brilliant to get some dry rock and sunshine on the last 3 peaks.  30km from the car at Glen brittle to the car at Sligachan  Cant wait to do it again!

It eventually cleared

Plenty of these around in the misty/sunny conditions

We did it.  On the Summit of Sgurr nan Gillean

Happy chaps

1 comment:

grantduff said...

Perhaps one day I could manage...actually no way. Jealous!