On Saturday, Colin, Sue M, Viktor and I
(Sue C) set off for Sgurr Mhic Choinnich. The sun came and
went, the cloud lifted from the summits and, after an hour
battling with the An Stac scree, we were up on the ridge.
The ridge from the col.
Viktor looks at the task ahead.
There were very few people about and we had
the hill to ourselves. After scrambling down, we were greeted
by Bill who was sunbathing at the col. We enjoyed the walk down
in the evening sun, pausing every now and then to observe the
progress of the Cairngorm Club climbers on the Cioch - easy to
spot thanks to the Michael C's bright orange trousers.
Looking back where we'd been.
On Sunday, the same team were joined by
Robert to ascend Sgurr nan Gillean. The climb to the ridge via
the "tourist route" was much easier though the scramble to the
summit had its moments.
Robert and Colin on the way up.
I don't seem to have any summit photos as I
was too busy basking in the achievement of getting there and the
lovely sunshine. It was so still, we could hear another party
on An Basteir talking. We spotted Michael (those orange
trousers again) and Ivan making progress up Pinnacle Ridge.
Looking relieved at having made it safely
down the ridge.
On both days we enjoyed a restorative
beveridge at the Carbost pub, before returning to the bunkhouse
for showers and dinner.
Leaving Skye on Monday morning after a
Saturday, myself (Chris W), Matt, Robert, Michael,
Rod and Forbes headed into Coire Lagan to climb. Matt and
myself came up with a plan to connect up some classic routes up
the Sron na Ciche, starting with the 7 pitch Cioch West, then up
onto the Cioch via Cioch Nose. After lunch on the Cioch a short
abseil onto the shelf before climbing the 4 star classic route
Integrity to the top of Sron na Ciche.
Here is Matt on the belay of the first
pitch of Cioch West, with Rod following up on the first pitch.
Matt combining pitch 3 and 4 together of
Cioch West. About to start the "memorable hand traverse above a
void" to reach the belay of pitch 4.
Matt on the steep wall of pitch 7 of Cioch
Nose with the Cioch above.
Matt at the top of Cioch West with the
Cioch Nose behind. Robert in the red trousers and Michael in
the orange trousers (just visible in a cave) at the top of Cioch
Matt on top of the Cioch playing with the
in-situ swords which are stored in a crack on the top. for
visitors who want to re-enact the scene from the 1986 film The
The view of the Cioch from the start of
Integrity, a 4 star Classic Rock route
Matt on the crux of the steep section of
pitch 2 of Integrity
We reached the top at the same time Robert
and Michael finished their climb, so after sorting out our gear
and admiring the views we headed down the hill together.
On Sunday Matt and I headed up to Neist
Point to climb on the superb cliffs on the most westerly tip of
the Island. New routes are still being recorded on the
extensive range of cliffs along the coast here and the new SMC
guide documents them well. We had the place all to ourselves. We decided to head down to the lower tier of cliffs at
Matt on the fourth route in the area that
completes a fine selection of routes called, Haggis, Neeps,
Tatties and Wee Dram.
Matt preparing to abseil into Destitution
Point area of Neist Point. The main band of climbing cliffs can
be seen higher up.
At the end of a fine days climbing at Neist