West Coast Mountain Guides were back on the Isle of Skye last week, running a Skye Cuillins Munros Course, in collaboration with Steven Fallon Mountain Guides. Mountaineering Instructors Scott and Dave were joined by an eager team of 8 hillwalkers, who were chomping at the bit to tackle some of the most technical Munros in the Scottish Highlands.
The weather on Skye has been fairly mixed all summer, and last week was no exception, but with some careful planning and a flexible approach, the team made the most of the prevailing conditions, and achieved 100% success, by summiting all 11 Munros on the main Cuillin Ridge.
Here’s Scott’s account of the week:
‘These Munro courses often attract a mix of weather and this week was no exception. At the briefing on the Monday night, our initial plan was to head for the southern three Munros as the forecast wasn’t looking too favourable. However, the skies on the Tuesday morning looked far better than expected and it seemed that the worst of the weather had passed during the night, so we changed plans and threw the team in at the deep end and headed for Sgurr Mhic Coinnich, the In Pin and Sgurr na Banachdich. It actually turned out to be the best weather day of the week.
Day two was spent at the northern end, bagging Sgurr nan Gillean, Am Bastier and Bruach na Frithe. A rather wet day three saw us swimming around the southern three Munros; Sgurr nan Eag, Sgurr Dubh Mor and Sgurr Alasdair, on what felt like one of the wettest days of the summer. This left us with a shorter day on Sgurr a’ Mhadaidh and Sgurr a’ Ghreadiadh for the final day. Again, the team powered through and took everything in their stride. As an ironic end to a wet yet successful course, the sun emerged for the first time this week just as we reached the cars. A big well done to everyone on the course and thanks for your company.’
A huge thanks to Scott and Dave for their hard work and for running another successful Skye Munros course.
Dates for these courses in 2018 are as follows: