Saturday, 5 June 2010

More Skye Magic





Tuesday early on I headed up to Skye with Richard to meet our group. With a wet day forecast we decided to warm up with an ascent of the Cioch by a mixture of routes including the gully to the right of the crags and the slab corner- followed by an abseil back onto the ledge and a scramble down. The team had done very well so despite a mixed forecast we opted to give the full traverse a go on Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday the weather sucked! It rained, the cloud was low, we couldn't see a thing, the basalt was slippery and the team gave 110%. We started at Sgurr Nan Eag, bypassed Sgurr Dubh Mor and cut across to Sgurr Alasdair's 'bad step' rather than tackle the TD Gap in a downpour. Hart's Ledge passed in a blur and we climbed Sgurr Mhic Connich before retracing our steps on the way to the An Stac screes. Wind and rain on the Inn Pin was followed by a brisk descent into Coire na Banachdich. Finally the weather began to break a little and the rain had stopped. As I settled down into my bivvy bag the skies cleared. Next day we woke to fine weather and the 7 of us put our heads down to some serious effort. Dry weather meant that the ridge fairly flew by in a haze of stunning views and bone dry gabbro and 12 and a half hours later we were at Sligachan with the guys feeling justifiably proud of themselves. An excellent well earnt meal at The Old Inn was acommpanied by many a long cold one! This traverse was working for Mountain Motion.

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