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Skye Munros course

This week i have been instructing on our Skye munros course, aiming to summit all the 11 munros on the black Cuillins over 4 days.

It has been an ideal weather week for us with wall to wall sunshine and warm rock, waterproofs and spare layers were left at home.

On Tuesday we started with the longer day summiting the southern 3 munros of Sgurr nan Eag, Sgur Dubh Mor and Sgurr Alastair.

Guiding up Skye Cuillin munros
Sgurr Dubh Mor in the background

We gained the 1st summit of Sgurr nan Eag in good time and in the mist for most of the way over the boulder fields. Once we were at the summit the cloud cleared as we started our descent and walk round to Sgurr Dubh Mor.

It was here that many other teams convened but we managed to move around each other with the many route options. We then got great views to our 3rd munro of the day, Sgurr Alastair.

Passing a few teams at the tricky chimney we made a quick ascent with expansive views to the rest of the ridge. We then had our descent via the great stone shoot.

On Wednesday was the In Pinn day and the hottest of the week. To try and beat a bit of the heat and potential crowds on the In Pinn we met early for our walk up into corie Lagan and then on to Sgurr MhicChoinnich.

Guiding on Skye munros
Sgurr MhicChoinnich

With the temperature rising we were glad to already be on the ridge rather than still walking up but the walk up the slabs to the base of the In Pinn was very hot.

With teams already on the In Pinn ridge and 3 others waiting in the queue we had a bit of time to ‘relax’ and wait our turn.

We made a swift ascent of the ridge when our rock was clear and were rewarded with the rare view from the summit that many never see. A quick abseil back down and we were on to Sgurr Banachdaich for a simple finish for the day.

Guiding Inaccessible pinnacle, Skye
In Pinn done!

Thursday saw us at the northern end of the Cuillin ridge. I decided to ascend Sgurr nan Gillean via the south ridge and descend the west before carrying on to Am Basteir and Bruach na Frithe.

We had our first spots of rain for the week but it passed quickly on our ascent to the small and narrow summit for Sgurr nan Gillean. With the trickier scrambling to come on the descent we focused and got down to the abseil.

Am Basteir was a simple peak after Sgurr nan Gillean and once we had down climbed a few of the tricky steps we were on the summit.

Guiding on Sgurr nan Gillean, Skye
Sgurr nan Gillean

Finally it was the simple walk up the scree to Bruach na Frithe, one of the simpler munros on the ridge. 9 down and 2 to go.

Friday was a windier day so we we’re glad that we only had the 2 simple peaks of Sgurr a Ghreadaidh and Sgurr Mhadaidh overlooking An Dorus.

It was windy on the ridge but with the final 2 munros in sight we summited in good time and were rewarded with more views to the peaks north and south that we had already summited.

A successful 4 day course. If you would like to summit the Skye munros over 4 days then have a look at our dates for September

Or if you have specific peaks or routes you would like to do then have a look here

Skye Munros course
Skye Cuillin ridge

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