( Log Out /  There are 282 Munros in Scotland, and many agree that these 11 are perhaps the hardest. Change ). 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. 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. 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. and I was doubtful I had the nerve left to tackle a greasy Ghreadaidh as well! 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…. After a failed attempt on the Skye’s Cuillin Ridge traverse in 2019, Caroline returned this year to have another go. You're right, Coire Lagan round is about as major as it gets but very good aspiration to have. Use An Dorus for ascent and the Munromagic Banchdich route for descent. Monday the 17th dawned fine although the Cuillin Ridge was shrouded with mist as it often is first thing. 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. 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. Joking apart though, I was pretty worried about our planned activities in the Cuillin which was why I’d had to hire a guide. It’s day two and after the first successful day on the Black Cuillin, the weather has taken a … 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. Will identify them later. 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. When the weather sulks on the Black Cuillin, the Red Cuillin often stays cloud-free ! Does what it says on the tin so this group is for anything about Skye's Cuillin, both the Black and Red. 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. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Martyn Bennett - Martyn Bennett on AllMusic - 1996 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. 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. 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). Whinlatter Round aka ‘Caught in the Forest’! Go home & reread the book to see what the description looks like retrospectively. Another feature is the steepness of the hills and the … View up to the cleft of An Dorus in mist. In fact, an easy, but slightly loose path, headed none-too-steeply up around to the right of the excrescence with no problems. Bag all 11 Munros on the Cuillin Ridge, including the famed 'Inaccessible Pinnacle'. The Northern Central Munros . 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! 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. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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. A descent by reversing the outward route saw us back at An Dorus ready to scramble out … Performance of Deoch an Dorus and Cuillin to a crowd of more than 50,000 at the first Edinburgh Hogmanay event organised by Unique Events and Martyn's career as 'Dread-locked Funkster' is kicked off. and the final long walk down Coire na Creiche following the River Brittle passed The Fairy Pools. 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. Here, she tells the story of perseverance in the face of imperfect weather, and the challenge of… 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. © Steve J. Smith. I’d be knackered now just walking it, never mind fighting up it! Apr 24, 2012 - Day three on our Cuillin Ridge traverse dawned fine & bright with no cloud anywhere on the ridge. Scrambling skills required. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Cuillin View is a traditional cottage at the end of the bay roughly 172 years old. 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. 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! I Look forward to the rest.Best of luck. Learn how your comment data is processed. Presently, we arrived in the famous An Dorus Gap – a notch between two steep craggy walls about 15 feet high. We made good progress along the … Simon Howlett Photography (fellow film photographer). 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! 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! ( Log Out /  ... (sometimes) tired legs a rest and begins with a walk up Coire a’Ghreadaidh heading for ‘An Dorus’. The scree wasn’t too loose and we managed to pretty much get up it without sliding backwards much at all. Yes, lucky I already typed them up while I was in Scotland… see post above this for why! Cuillin … 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. This Cuillin peak is very easily climbed using An Dorus. ( Log Out /  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.. All photos courtesy of Richard except where marked, « Carn Dearg from Dalwhinnie – Winter Walking in April! 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. The top of the scree was firm rock with some quite large rocky steps to clamber up – not a problem in ascent but we didn’t really enjoy that section much on the way back down, especially as some sections were a bit mossy and therefore slippery. 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. 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. Eventually, as we approached An Dorus, the weather changed and we found ourselves in the middle of a flurry of snow. 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. 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 … Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Looking forward to your other reports of the ridge . 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. By now, I was actually starting to enjoy this peak and quite liked it…. I was delighted we’d done both peaks and was no longer feeling sick with stress – result! © "mountain coward" and "The Adventures of a Mountain Coward", 2011 through to present date. 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. This is part 3 of a quartet of posts describing a scrambling adventure in the Cuillin Hills on Scotland’s Isle of Skye. 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. Cuillin Ridge traverse, day two. Release Martyn Bennett on the independent label Eclectic Records. 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. So the complete Cuillin Ridge traverse still eludes me. This is one of the harder main Black Cuillin peaks to ascend. Could see the other side of Bruach na Frithe, Am Basteir and Sgurr nan Gillean from here too, over the ridge that runs between. Anyway, if we were to be roped up, I was fine with the scramble. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Day 3. An Dorus (The Door or Gate), slogging up scree before we reached the ridge proper. Steve & Jon on An Caisteal summit final summit of day. 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. Sgurr a Mhadaidh and Sgurr a Ghreadaidh. In the NE corner is Coire an Dorus where a good scree gully can be used to reach 'the door'. 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. We decided to take stock at An Dorus. Our side was merely steep becoming nearly vertical. After that, there were no further problems until we had to do the final down-scramble back into the gap – again roped up. 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. 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 -. He said that he thought our first walk together should be to Sgurr a’ Mhadaidh, one of the ‘An Dorus Gap twins’. 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. 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. The Cuillin is widely regarded as the finest mountain range in Britain. There was a young man sat in the gap waiting for us to finish before he went up alone. 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. Sgurr MhicCoinnich, Sgurr Thearlaich and the Great Stone Shoot. Cuillin Ridge Traverse Booked a Cuillin ridge Traverse with West Coast Mountain guides. Tom now searches out a easier route down to the An Dorus Stone Shoot where we descend as per our outward route. Improve your rock-scrambling skills on some of Scotland's airy routes. ( Log Out /  We were soon and easily at the clamber round the narrow Eag Dubh gap – this was up a smooth little rock step. 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. The Red Cuillin - Glamaig, Beinn Dearg Mhor and Marsco Lots of scree and superb views. 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