Saturday, 18 May 2019


Bruach na Frithe
Dave and 8 of his pals from St. Albans have been coming out with me for the last 4 years, always in May. Their first trip was in The Cairngorms and a couple of years ago we had a fabulous day on Liathach. They have always had beautiful clear skies and warm sunshine. This years venue was the Cuillin of Skye.

Dave and the boys
This year they fancied two days of experiencing the Munros on the Cuillin Ridge. Ben was helping me out with the lager than normal group of 9 folk. Friday was an absolute stunner of a day. Beautiful clear skies and warm sunshine. Our day set off from the Sligachan Hotel with views all the way along our route into the Fionn Choire of Bruach na Frithe. The boys love their wild camping so I chose this coire as there aren't many grassy corries in The Cuillin!
One our into the walk and Andys' boots started parting
Poor Andy, after an hour the soles of his boots started parting company with the upper. A roll or two of gaffa tape was all that was required to sort him out!

The classic view of Sgurr nan Gillean from Sligachan
Spencer & Dave enjoying the scrambling
After pitching the tents in the coire we set off up the hill in the afternoon. The finest way up onto Bruach na Frithe is via the excellent NW ridge. The upper section has some scrambling or you can easily avoid this by taking a path just below the crest.
Dave on the upper section
Cliff on the ridge
The fun is over as the ridge finishes directly on the summit of Bruach na Frithe. Regarded by many has the finest viewpoint on the Cuillin ridge. Today it certainly was. T-shirt conditions on top. After soaking in the views Ben took Dave, Spencer and Russ on Am Basteir whilst I lead the rest of the group over to Sgurr a Bhasteir, a fine viewpoint (again).
Am Basteir & Basteir Tooth

Looking to Sgurr nan Gillean and Am Baisteir
Sgurr a' Basteir
The summit of Sgurr a' Bhasteir gives a fine view of the Pinnacle Ridge of on Sgurr nan Gillean. Another spot to linger for 30 minutes in the glorious sunshine.

Pinnacle Ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean
We descended into the coire and a fine evening for lazing outside the tents on the lovely dry grass in sunshine. Coffee and cake in the Cuillin. The double Munro team were soon with us and we enjoyed some more banter.
Our camp
A fine evening
and fine sunset
We were treated to a  beautiful sunset from just above our camp spot at 500m.
The fine spell of weather which most of the Highlands has enjoyed sadly came to an abrupt end early hours of Saturday morning. Light rain and stiff breeze on the tents. We packed up and headed down to Sligachan. The guys headed into the hotel for a well earned full breakfast.  The hotel very accomodating to last minute orders!
High up on Sgurr an Eag

Summit ridge
After a big feed we decided on Sgurr nan Eag for the boys second day out on the Black Cuillin. This summit is the final Munro on the South end of the Cuillin ridge. We had light drizzly rain on and off during our late morning outing.
The boys on Sgurr nan Eag 

Great views,  despite the cloud
Despite the rain we never actually got wet, it was evaporating as fast as raining. It's a long trek into the wonderful Coire Ghrunnda but much easier going across the peaty ground now that there is a fine path.
Descending into the coire

The flower of the high Cuillin,  Roseroot 
More daytime banter and laughs turned into more laughs and banter in the evening at the Sligachan Hotel. Brilliant finish to a brilliant couple of days with these fun guys. Never a dull moment and enthusiasm sky high. Thanks for a great weekend boys.
Big thanks to Ben who was working with me over the last two days.
See you next year Dave, Mike, Spencer, Russ, Andy, John, Shaun, Cliff & Mark. Same time, same weather,  another fabulous Scottish mountains area.


David Kelly said...

Thank you once again for facilitating such a brilliant couple of days with us. Great choice of routes and in depth knowledge of the area really pays off! See you next year for the next adventure. Full ridge traverse??
Cheers David

Gary Hodgson said...

Thank you David. I hope you had a good day kyaking yesterday?
Really pleased you enjoyed the two days. It was great to guide you guys again. Always a pleasure and always so enthusiastic. Brilliant laughs and great craic.
How about An Teallach next year? :-)
Skye traverse, 9 guys x 3 guides = lots money :-D