Friday, 5 August 2011

The In Pinn and the Cioch.

The Cuillin when I arrived on Wednesday evening.

Just back from two days on Skye with Jenni and Gordon working for West Coast Mountain guides. I met them yesterday morning and the rain wasn't forecast to start until about lunch but as we set off from the car the rain started and the cloud came in and it stayed like that for the rest of the day. We set off up the South west ridge of Sgurr Dearg and made quick time up to the base of the In Pinn. Jennie and Gordon did well with the pouring rain and a stiff breeze. We abseiled of the East ridge and quickly ran away back down Coire Banachdich. No photos today, there really was nothing to see.

The Cioch appearing out of the cloud.

This morning with a better forecast we decided to head up towards the Cioch and have a look at some teaching climbing on the slab. As we entered Coire Lagan the cloud started to lift and we got a view up to the Cioch but the cloud never cleared above the summits. We traversed in to the base of the slab and did three pitches of climbing to get ourselves onto the top of the Cioch but unfortunately the cloud had come in again and we weren't treated to a view. We then carried on over to East gully and continued up this to the top of Sron Na Ciche. A good couple of days despite the weather and both Jenni and Gordon coped well with the 'summer' weather.

Jenni and Gordon looking after themselves on a very damp Cioch slab.

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