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Awesome Autumn Adventure; November 4th

04/11/15

Special light, incredible colours and magical mists can all be a feature of autumn outings and today had all of them.

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Martin is just back from the Kingdom of Bhutan and it was amazing to hear him say the scenery there reminded him of the Cuillin and had inspired this visit. Previously he has explored the Cuillin on his own but fancied pushing the boundaries a bit.

IMG_0028 (1024x768)Sgurr Eadar da Choire is the pointed central peak

I chose a route that I’ve only succeeded on once before, the alluring ridge of Sgurr Eadar da Choire that leads straight to the summit of Sgurr a Ghreadaidh. After today I am sure to be repeating the route a lot more.

IMG_0030 (768x1024)We started out of Coire an Dorus by a shattered ridge left of the most prominent rib. A high degree of caution was needed but the quality of scrambling was continuous and excellent.

IMG_0035 (768x1024)Top of the first narrow rib

More dry rough rock gave great sport as the ridge soared above us to it’s fine peak and the situations just kept impressing.

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The final 100m of ascent became a bit more broken and rambling but popped us out to a magnificent panorama across the Cuillin bowl and out across the whole of the highlands-

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An early lunch was followed by a very swift traverse south across Ghreadaidh, Banachdaich and finally to the In Pinn with magnificent views changing all the time.IMG_0059 (1024x768)

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Climbing the In Pinn was still highly exciting of course but Martin now understood quite how many more Cuillin adventures there are to be discovered for us all.

  • Romain Sacchettini

    That route looks very interesting. Is it only scrambling or climbing too ? Thanks for the nice report with enjoyable photos as usual. Rom

  • Mike Lates

    It’s a grade 3 scramble in good conditions and quite a few of the hard moves could be bypassed. The crux is turning the smoother lower tower (on the shot looking up the ridge ahead) by a faint groove and exposed traverse on the RHS. I bottled this years ago on an MRT exercise so we called the chopper in to pick us up from just below rather than continue ;-). Still exposed yesterday and I made a small pitch of it to a good flake before taking to the crest directly above. Go do it!