It probably needs saying at this point that there are two kinds of Cuillin mountain guide – the ‘non-technical’ guides who are local and know the Cuillin Ridge like the back of their hands, and the ‘technical’ guides like Ryan, who would be able to rope me up for the bad bits – very necessary in my case! This Cuillin peak is very easily climbed using An Dorus. We waited as he descended An Dorus to safer terrain before continuing on-wards up the climb, past the Eag Dubh (The Black Cleft) and The Wart, arriving at the Summit of Sgurr a Ghreadaidh (photo four) in very good time. View up to the cleft of An Dorus in mist. The only trouble Richard and I found with the roped scramble was that, with us having a short walker’s rope, we were only a few feet apart so we had to stay very close together as we scrambled. A total of 8 miles in 11 hours with nearly 1500m of ascent all this with a near perfect blue sky, light winds and hot sun, leaving us knackered but exhilarated, hoping we had saved enough energy for tomorrows route up The Inaccessible Pinnacle. Its most obvious feature is the sheer quantity of exposed rock on offer – with very little in the way of grass or heather cladding the slopes. Stats: 6 miles, 3390 feet of ascent, 8 hours, no naughty words! At An Dorus, one of our party - Steve, decided not to continue with us along the Sgurr a Ghreadaidh/na Banachdich traverse considering that he was already at his limit. Another feature is the steepness of the hills and the … Well fancy that!! Learn how your comment data is processed. Whinlatter Round aka ‘Caught in the Forest’! Change ). All photos courtesy of Richard except where marked, « Carn Dearg from Dalwhinnie – Winter Walking in April! It was soon apparent that Gordon Stainforth was right when he said that “the word ‘walk’, as used by some Cuillin guidebooks, bears little Abseiling off In Pinn, captured almost accidently by another walker/climber February 2009 I knew I wouldn’t be quite so keen coming back down though as then I’d have to look at ‘the drop’! ». Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. UPDATE More up to date photos have been added at the foot of the page from 23 April.. As the first May bank holiday approaches rapidly snow fields in the Cuillin aren’t melting very fast at all; in fact there … Only 3 miles but taking 2, . Parking is available at the Youth Hostel at which a good path leads into Coire a' Greadaidh. The gap between the walls is only about 3 feet wide but there is a flat passage through the gap of probably about 8 feet with a hollow where some people ascending above us had stowed their packs. Cuillin View is a traditional cottage at the end of the bay roughly 172 years old. I feel worse if I can’t see the drops as then I just imagine they’re worse than they are! I Look forward to the rest.Best of luck. I was just opening my mouth to issue the characteristic Mountain Coward invitation to join us (I like collecting other folk en-route – the more the merrier to me! . I was very pleased to eventually get below the exceedingly steep ledges and onto the scree path – it’s looseness made me extremely slow and cautious all the way down to the top of the scramble back to the gap. Starting to feel intimidated. Presently, we arrived in the famous An Dorus Gap – a notch between two steep craggy walls about 15 feet high. We had an awkward step up to start and from there it was pretty easy and I had to dismantle a lower belay set-up before we completed the clamber up to join Ryan. From there it was easy walking back to where we’d left our spare kit – I was relieved to see it was still there… By now it was raining and quite unpleasant so, rather than have the nice break in the sun I’d promised myself earlier, we had a very quick warm drink and then followed the long path back down to the carpark. The difference with the An Dorus to Coir' a' Tairneilear section of the Cuillin Ridge is that it has one Munro and three difficult to access Corbett Tops of Munro, which I reckon are out of reach of the average hill walker unless you have someone in the party with mountaineering skills. Watermark theme. The weather hadn't been as good as forecast, with some intermittent mist, but this had lifted by now giving fantastic views of the Cuillin and back to the mainland. When I was in the Royal Marines we did a ‘mountain warfare’ training exercise up your ‘aeroplane view’ of Lock Coruisk – an ‘advance to contact’ that started by the sea and continued to An Dorus, skirmishing all the way with the ‘enemy’ defending the valley. It’s day two and after the first successful day on the Black Cuillin, the weather has taken a … Rock-scramble along crests and ridges, with some 'moderate' climbing. The Red Cuillin - Glamaig, Beinn Dearg Mhor and Marsco Lots of scree and superb views. Description and photos of a traverse of the Cuillin Ridge in the Isle of Skye, Scotland We soon reached the summit where I clung to the top of the peak while sitting very tensely on a little slab by the cairn for the obligatory summit photos which were taken by Richard and Ryan – I have to say my face reflects my tension quite well. Really looking forward to reading your account of the ‘Inn Pin’. Ryan roped us up for this section too – although the rock step was only a few feet high, it was quite awkward and I could only get my knees onto it initially. I've had my fair share of memorable days in the mountains, an environment that provides my income, brings me joy and allows me to share amazing experiences with awesome people and keeps my body healthy and my mind free. Skye's Black Cuillin Ridge - North Sgurr nan Gillean is the finest peak on Skye, Bruache na Frithe is the easiest, Am Bhasteir lies between them. After that, there were no further problems until we had to do the final down-scramble back into the gap – again roped up. I’d already seen, and been totally horrified by, the back of the peak – it went from extremely steep at the top, through vertical, to pretty much overhanging nearer the bottom and the thought of it was really putting me off! © "mountain coward" and "The Adventures of a Mountain Coward", 2011 through to present date. The final section to the summit cairn was around a rather precarious-feeling narrow ledge with not a lot beneath it and the actual summit was pretty small so I didn’t want to linger long. ( Log Out /  In fact, an easy, but slightly loose path, headed none-too-steeply up around to the right of the excrescence with no problems. Reflections on another Cuillin ridge attempt Back in 2005 my Dad and I attempted a traverse of the Cuillin ridge. Enjoy! Climbing up from An Dorus, the view down to Loch Coruisk just kept getting better. The next day we met up with Ryan at a carpark near the Glenbrittle roadend in Carbost at 0900 and he drove us round to the Glenbrittle parking by the Youth Hostel. All Things Cuillin has 6,455 members. Introduction to the Skye Cuillin Ridge Summits. Does what it says on the tin so this group is for anything about Skye's Cuillin, both the Black and Red. Carn Dearg from Dalwhinnie – Winter Walking in April! The gap between the walls is only about 3 feet wide but there is a flat passage through the gap of probably about 8 feet with a hollow where some people ascending above us had stowed their packs. In the NE corner is Coire an Dorus where a good scree gully can be used to reach 'the door'. As we reached the gap, I realised I was feeling very sick from the stress of Mhadaidh (but refrained from being sick in the gap as it would be pretty hard to avoid!) Yes, lucky I already typed them up while I was in Scotland… see post above this for why! You're right, Coire Lagan round is about as major as it gets but very good aspiration to have. We were soon and easily at the clamber round the narrow Eag Dubh gap – this was up a smooth little rock step. A descent by reversing the outward route saw us back at An Dorus ready to scramble out … Today we completed the Skye Cuillin ridge traverse over 2 days with a total moving time of 17 hours, 10 hours on day 1, biving at An Dorus and 7 hours from there to the pub! We drove to Glen Brittle, the valley which marks the western boundary of the Black Cuillin, and parked at the youth hostel. I was a bit worried about how I’d find the An Dorus screes but they looked fairly short and looked to have a zig-zag path up them. A Munro is a Scottish Mountain with a summit height of at least 914m. Monday the 17th dawned fine although the Cuillin Ridge was shrouded with mist as it often is first thing. Day 3. Presently, we arrived in the famous An Dorus Gap – a notch between two steep craggy walls about 15 feet high. We’d already had a brief discussion with Ryan on the scree-path part of the descent about whether we were going for the other peak – part of me thought I should go for it so that I didn’t have to suffer the An Dorus screes twice – the other part of me thought; Ghreadaidh looked terrifying, it was thinking of starting to snow and Ryan said the basalt slabs of the mountain were slippery in the wet. The Skye Cuillin Ridge Summits trek is 4 intensive days of walking and scrambling on the 11 Skye Munros found on The Black Cuillin Ridge. Drama in the Grassy Northern Fells – Frozen Fell Gill, High Pike via Brandy Gill & Carrock Mines, Seathwaite Fell by Grains and Taylor Gills. Looking over to Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh. So we made our way as far as Sgurr a’Mhadaidh before turning back and descending by An Dorus and Coire a’Ghreadaidh to Glen Brittle. The Cuillin, a mountain range located on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, is the perfect spot for your next climbing experience.. The shorter of the 4 days, this route takes us into Coire an Dorus before we ascend the steep scree into An Dorus (the Doorway).The ridge onto Sgurr a Ghreadaidh is reached after a Moderate climb out of An Dorus and we tackle various sections of grade 2 scrambling, passing Eag Dubh and the Wart before reaching the airy summit cairn. Mhadaidh’s Other Summit and Continuation of Ridge to North, We didn’t hang around on the summit, which was a relief, but soon started back down, with me getting in the way of, and generally holding up, a more confident couple who’d actually done the bottom section without a rope – I think it was their packs in the gap…, I wasn’t at all keen clambering steeply down the ledges again and was going to descend in my usual manner – facing out and using my bum on the ledges – Ryan suggested I should face in however. You should be a part of a contest for one of the finest blogs online. Could see the other side of Bruach na Frithe, Am Basteir and Sgurr nan Gillean from here too, over the ridge that runs between. I’ve only done Alasdair of the ones you did. For me the roped up parts were the most comfortable given that because we were roped up with secure belays the exposure and consequences of a slip were not so acute. The screes, however, weren’t so bad as they aren’t very loose and I found, with care, I didn’t slip at all. Coming back down the same route was a little scarier as I then noticed loose sections of path and the drop in general – also there was a little bit of snow on the path round The Wart to deal with which had been easier in ascent than descent. This is one of the harder main Black Cuillin peaks to ascend. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The little rock step down to the Eag Dubh gap was much more awkward in descent and we were both pleased to be roped up briefly. I’d be knackered now just walking it, never mind fighting up it! Inaccessible Pinnacle to An Dorus. ) when I realized I couldn’t as we had a paid guide so I reluctantly shut it again and felt really sorry for the guy. You got a cracking day for it Carol.I Remember most of the ridge well but I,d probably find it hard now too.Superb photographs.Mind you Sometimes its easier to do scrambling in the mist because then you cant see the huge drops only feel them. I had a quick chat with him while apologising for holding him up – he said he didn’t mind as he got to watch various methods of dealing with the scramble. As there were people ascending above us, we’d already donned our helmets in case of any loose rockfall – Sgurr a’ Mhadaidh was our objective…, Ryan said he’d rope us up for the initial scramble – while he was setting up, I was having a peer further round from the gap where others suggested there is an easy gully going up – apart from an awkward start to it, there was indeed a gully which looked quite easy. There are 282 Munros in Scotland, and many agree that these 11 are perhaps the hardest. Walkers - Steve Smith, Jon Glew, Iain Gallagher, Cuillin Ridge An Dorus to Coir' a' Tairneilear, Inaccessible Pinnacle & Sgurr na Banachdich, Meall a' Mhaoil and Loch Ainort Peninsula TUMPs, Meall Odhar & Beinn Chuirn from By The Way, Tyndrum, Time for a breather on what is easier ground on way up An Caisteal, Peak Bagging and Long Distance Walking in the UK and Spain. Well done to you for conquering (or at least facing up to) your fears. From the top of the scramble, I was delighted to see a path leading gently upwards along the spine of the peak – it didn’t feel particularly exposed…, View from Top of Initial Scramble on Ghreadaidh, Right of path (above) – left of path (below). Bag all 11 Munros on the Cuillin Ridge, including the famed 'Inaccessible Pinnacle'. Hear pronunciation Press to hear pronunciation. We made good progress along the … But still I feel the attempt was a significant achievement. Cuillin and on forays to the Alps. We then set off up the familiar and pretty path by waterfalls and lovely blue pools which we’d taken last year to reach Coire an Eich to do Sgurr Banachdich. Will identify them later. I thought that was a great idea and asked whether we could do the same but Ryan said we should bring them, not least because mine had the rope in. Use An Dorus for ascent and the Munromagic Banchdich route for descent. ... (sometimes) tired legs a rest and begins with a walk up Coire a’Ghreadaidh heading for ‘An Dorus’. Views to the South – below Sgurr Dearg & Inn Pinn (left) Sgurr Banachdich (right). To the right, the southern Cuillin ridge. Our side was merely steep becoming nearly vertical. I was delighted we’d done both peaks and was no longer feeling sick with stress – result! ( Log Out /  Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to "mountain coward" and "The Adventures of a Mountain Coward" with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. We then made a small diversion continuing the ascent to the right to bag, the first Munro of the day in an effort to make the next day a little easier (and one less summit for tomorrow after going up The Inaccessible Pinnacle), before returning to An Dorus and on to the second and final Munro of the day -. Steve & Jon on An Caisteal summit final summit of day. This path continues past the foot of the burn coming down from Coire an Eich and continues to the back of Coire an Dorus where the An Dorus Gap eventually comes into view between Sgurrs a’ Mhadaidh and Ghreadaidh. and the final long walk down Coire na Creiche following the River Brittle passed The Fairy Pools. From the bealach between Sgurr a’Mhadaidh and Sgurr a’Ghreadaidh we scramble up to the Munro summits and return back through Coire a’Ghreadaidh. We decided to take stock at An Dorus. I always find it hard to see where to put my feet when facing in though…. We reached Glen Brittle Youth Hostel by mid afternoon and Tom has been pleased at our progress. I felt drained after 3 days running in the Cuillin I can tell you! The night before our first Cuillin walk, our guide Ryan, visited our holiday cottage to make plans and check our equipment – he also had forms for us to fill in – I joked they were ‘Organ Donation’ forms! Anyway, if we were to be roped up, I was fine with the scramble. Up An Dorus and across to Banachdaich is a great way to grasp some Cuillin nuances without enormous danger of getting lost or in trouble. ( Log Out /  Again we found it awkward being so near to each other on the rope but we clambered up in short bursts, me leading the way again. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Martyn Bennett - Martyn Bennett on AllMusic - 1996 Spend 4 days with us on Skye's famed Cuillin ridge; Reach superb vantage points from where vast views can be savoured. Apr 24, 2012 - Day three on our Cuillin Ridge traverse dawned fine & bright with no cloud anywhere on the ridge. The scree wasn’t too loose and we managed to pretty much get up it without sliding backwards much at all. We had done this walk up to An Dorus with Andy two years ago, and climbed both Sgurr a Mhadaidh … Joking apart though, I was pretty worried about our planned activities in the Cuillin which was why I’d had to hire a guide. Go home & reread the book to see what the description looks like retrospectively. ‘Breaking’ News! We had the choice of either heading up boulders below the scree to the start of the scree chute or a loose path to the left – we went for the direct route up boulders which was fine. We both had a bit of difficulty reaching the block we’d started from and pretty much jumped down the last bit after lowering as far as we could. Complex navigation, exposed scrambling, technical rock climbing and an abseil mean many Munroists put off these tops to last - and most dog owners will probably leave their pet behind. Release Martyn Bennett on the independent label Eclectic Records. Tessa's hillwalking blog – with added wine. Hi Colin, nice to hear from you I still have 3 very awkward ones to do but they will probably have to be next year now since I’ve broken my wrist , Great pics & well done. Eventually, as we approached An Dorus, the weather changed and we found ourselves in the middle of a flurry of snow. Southern Cuillin from ascent of Sgurr a’Mhadaidh: Sgurr a’Ghreadaidh from Sgurr a’Mhadaidh: After 2hrs 50mins the summit of Sgurr a’Mhaidaidh was reached and an early lunch taken. Initially, I was pretty disappointed about this as I was almost sure I didn’t need a guide for the two An Dorus Gap peaks – as it turned out, I’m pretty sure I was wrong and Richard and I would have really struggled without him. Skye Cuillin Ridge Traverse, memories made for life! So the complete Cuillin Ridge traverse still eludes me. He said that he thought our first walk together should be to Sgurr a’ Mhadaidh, one of the ‘An Dorus Gap twins’. T he Cuillin Munros are a challenge for many walkers and scramblers, and undoubtedly the major stumbling block in the way of any dog owners looking to make a canine completion. Sgùrr a' Ghreadaidh is the highest summit on the northern half of the Black Cuillin ridge on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.Like the rest of the range it is composed of gabbro, a rock that provides good grip for mountaineering.. An Dorus (The Door or Gate), slogging up scree before we reached the ridge proper. Anyway, at least my over-confident weighing up of these two peaks meant I went to bed without any particular nerves about the next day and got a reasonable sleep…. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The near-vertical section went on for quite a way but consisted of blocky and grippy ledges of gabbro so was okay for ascending. Looking forward to your other reports of the ridge . This is part 3 of a quartet of posts describing a scrambling adventure in the Cuillin Hills on Scotland’s Isle of Skye. The Northern Central Munros . We quickly descended to An Dorus again before harder scrambling long the ridge past the Black Cleft took us to Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh. From the peak opposite, the path round The Wart had looked like an almost vertical greasy basalt slab – I was pleased to see that it was actually nothing of the sort. We were again belayed by the rope to descend the scramble and Richard went first this time which was helpful for me as he could direct me to footholds. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Improve your rock-scrambling skills on some of Scotland's airy routes. We were quickly up this section where I was delighted that the steady path continued to ascend, with little difficulty towards ‘The Wart’ – a spectacular protrusion above. Simon Howlett Photography (fellow film photographer). Taking the Cuillin Ridge Light approach, she managed to complete the route in a day. I was a little worried about my ice axe but he said it was unlikely someone would steal anything from an obvious stash before our return – I have to say that, on our return, it was pretty difficult seeing where we’d left our stash among the many boulders in the fairly featureless and huge corrie, so it’s a good job we had the GPS reference! Cuillin … Studying photographs and compiling a time-schedule will prove very useful when the time comes (see appendix e.) Complex Route ofinding North of An Dorus Ideal Bivvy! Tired legs walking out down Coire na Creiche, Tairneilear Gap all that remained was the down walk back to the second vehicle parked at the Fairy Pools car park. There was a young man sat in the gap waiting for us to finish before he went up alone. I was still a little worried about how I’d find the descent down the An Dorus Screes and both Richard and I found the initial downclimb of the rock steps at the top of the gully to the start of the scree pretty awkward. The rest of the time there was still plenty of exposure requiring great care and focus of mind. The sun was shining from the start and we knew it was going to be a hot one. Tom now searches out a easier route down to the An Dorus Stone Shoot where we descend as per our outward route. and I was doubtful I had the nerve left to tackle a greasy Ghreadaidh as well! haven’t done the In Pinn this time – reckon it’ll take another 2 visits to finish the Cuillin yet, Gosh, I feel drained after just reading that! Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author/owner is strictly prohibited. After a failed attempt on the Skye’s Cuillin Ridge traverse in 2019, Caroline returned this year to have another go. The thought still nagged though that I’d have the An Dorus screes to do twice if not which really didn’t appeal – we had to go for it, I decided…, We were again roped up for the, this time more difficult, initial scramble to start the ridge up to Ghreadaidh. © Steve J. Smith. The traverse of these two peaks is one of the easier sections of the Cuillin ridge, yet it contains some of the narrowest parts. Here, she tells the story of perseverance in the face of imperfect weather, and the challenge of… I asked if he was doing both peaks but he said he didn’t think he’d manage Ghreadaidh on his own. From there, Mhadaidh’s ascent is initially on a rising zig-zag scree path – pretty steep but easy enough – however, I could see that things were about to get much steeper. Cuillin Ridge Traverse Booked a Cuillin ridge Traverse with West Coast Mountain guides. Loch Coruisk from the An Dorus Gap. So that is the easy part of the day done. Colgregg (H.W.). Sgurr a Mhadaidh and Sgurr a Ghreadaidh. Ahead of us are three rarely visited Corbett Tops of Munro and probably the most challenging summit, missing out on Corbett Top status by just 1m of prominence, but taking nearly 1 hour to cover the 0.06 miles from the parent summit of, Bidein Druim nan Ramh and an exposed scramble to the abseil station and a final roped down climb in to the. Tairneilear Gap made for probably one of the best days you are likely to have on the hill - if you have a good head for heights. Cuillin Ridge traverse, day two. At this point we were carrying crampons and ice axes as we weren’t sure how much snow would be in the gully but, once the gap hove into view, we saw they were unnecessary and stowed them under a large boulder – Ryan took a GPS reference point to ensure we could find them again on our return. After all the time spent persuading you that the Cuillins could be easily accessable you have now outdone me by doing three summits I’ve not done yet. The Cuillin is widely regarded as the finest mountain range in Britain. and all within the aspirations of the capable hill walker. Rather than mess around trying to tidy up the bolts and slings of the belay, we just bundled them into the front of Richard’s coat…, Top of the Initial Scramble Looking Across to Ghreadaidh Initial Scramble. "All that remained..." is of course tongue in cheek because from the, Tairneilear Gap is a scree descent from hell down Coir' a'. ( Log Out /  When the weather sulks on the Black Cuillin, the Red Cuillin often stays cloud-free ! By now, I was actually starting to enjoy this peak and quite liked it…. Twin-topped Sgurr a Ghreadaidh is the highest peak on the northern half of the Cuillin Ridge; it can be climbed either with its neighbour Sgurr a Mhadaidh or on separate excursions; both peaks involve tough scrambling but have fantastic views. 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