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  • Writer's pictureDavid Buckett

Pinnacle ridge, Sgurr nan Gillean, Isle of Skye

Last time I was on the Skye Cuillin a few weeks ago I was battling snow, hail and icy winds which resulted in only getting a proportion of the Munros completed.

Today was the opposite, hottest day of the year, sun hat, shorts and warm rock. The aim of today was a round of coire a Bhasteir starting with Pinnacle ridge onto Sgurr nan Gillean, then up Am Basteir over to the tooth, abseil down Kings Chimney, finished with a quick walk to Bruch na Frithe to finish.

The walk in was warm to the start of Pinnacle ridge and i was surprised to have it to ourselves. We made swift progress up the first 2 pinnacles, climbing the basalt dykes and grippy gabro.

We then got to the 3rd which has the abseil to descend in an imposing position, aiming for a small ledge above an even bigger drop. Once we were all down it was into the main technical scrambling to get across the gully and onto and off of knights peak.

Once over the peak we then just had an awkward step to the gain the west ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean which we summited.

Descending back down the west ridge we had great views of the rest of the Cuillin munros and Am Basteir, our next goal after the 2nd ab of the day.

We made quick work up the east ridge to the summit and then started our descent down the tricky slabs to the base of the tooth, which is also a munro top.

It was then just the last squeeze into the cave above the Kings Chimney abseil to finish the technical section of the day.

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