Dave is just back from his third traverse this season and possibly the best weather and conditions he has had so far. James had been up last year for a traverse, but the weather was sub-optimal and injury niggles stopped an attempt at the ridge, this year he came with Mad Matt who had not done any Munros or Rock Climbing but had done many endurance events in different disciplines.
The team made quick work of the first section and 3 Munros and the conditions were ideal for an ascent of the TD gap, where Matt could try some of his climbing techniques he had practised in his limited indoor climbing sessions, James cruised the pitch behind him and the team were all on Alisdair in no time. They then continued with an ascent of Kings Chimney and An Stac to arrive at a busy In Pinn, a short wait allowed them to take bags up Sgurr Dearg before climbing. Whilst on the Pinn a team dislodge a large number of boulders down the brown slabs which access the Pinn from the An Stac bypass, fortunately no one was scrambling at the time, if they had it’s likely this would of delayed the traverse considerably.
The team bivied at An Dorus overtaking other traverse teams who had stopped earlier. The team started their day waking at 4am to make sure they were in front of others for coming bottle necks over the 4 tops of Mhadaidh and the abseils on Bidean and An-Castiel, unfortunately a shower came on over Bruach na Frithe and the clouds threatened more so the team bypassed Naismith’s and tooth and headed straight for the final two summits. All in all, the team completed a 14-hour day 1 and 10-hour day 2, but they missed the 2:45pm kitchen close at the Slig by 5 min as they had thought it was a 3pm close.
West Coast has a 100% success rate this year for Cuillin Traverses and fingers crossed this continues for our coming booking’s.
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