Dave: Over the last three days I have had the pleasure and privilege of facilitating 2 days of training for members of on the Inaccessible Pinnacle and a day with some of the West Coast Mountain Guides team.
Congestion on the Inaccessible Pinnacle is not a new thing but over recent seasons it is something members of the Ass have been aware of and in discussion on good practise and tactics to work efficiently on the peak. It was great to hear everyone sharing experiences and discussing their practises on the classic East Ridge route, we also looked at alternative ways of descending from the Pinnacle and alternative climbing routes. The short side of the Pin is a difficult and steep climb but a great way of avoiding queues, South Crack is by far the best way, a beautiful 35m slabby groove and crack on the sunny side, both can be done by beginner climbers who have had some indoor experience.
For the team West Coast Mountain Guides day I wanted to cover some different ground to what other workshops had been using, so we opted to head into the rarely travelled Coire Mhadaidh accessing the ridge via the upper rake. We then headed North traversing 3 tops of Mhadaidh, Bidein Druim nan Rahm and An Caisteal. It was great to be on a quiet section of ridge with so many competent people exploring alternative options and sharing so much knowledge of their preferred routes and means of securing the safety of their guests.
We have availability on our Cuillin Munros Courses 27th to 30th of May, 4th to 7th July, 29th of July to 1st of August and 2nd to 5th of September.
We also have lots of availability this summer for Private Rock Guiding on Skye, Cuillin Ridge Traverses and ascents of the Inaccessible Pinnacle.