Between us, the route slanted down slabs then passed to the right of a buttress on a narrow path. Dave’s choice of route had enabled us to salvage an enjoyable day out of initial failure, but was this now going to be my only climb? descended the Great Stone Chute two years ago. Sgurr Mhic Choinnich is the little bump centre of the photo. He is buried in the grave yard of Bracadale Free Church at Struan by Loch Harport on the west side of the island. Is mountaineering in Nepal becoming too expensive? Is the Annapurna Circuit still a Must-See? 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If you climb a peak that collapses in an earthquake, did you still climb it? with Harrison Via Sgurr Dearg (and including Collie's Ledge in both directions) mproudfoot: 08/05/2016: 1st of the day with george yeomans, roy, dave and derek ellis : mn23: 23/06/2015: With Jamie from Glen Brittle to Sgurr Dearg and then ropes up for Inaccessible Pinnacle. Then on to Sgurr Mhic Choinich descending down the An Stac screes. … Dave told us that another guide from his agency West Coast Mountaineering had departed with his client at 4am this morning. Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, Collies ledge and Sgurr Dearg. The Denali concession: is it good for customer choice? The Cuillin Traverse - to do or not to do? To the sires of the British Ass. 3. Dave knew every guide and greeted them warmly. Is disaster reporting becoming too violent? Inaccessible Pinnacle The Inaccessible Pinnacle holds the title for being the most difficult Munro to reach in terms of technical climbing. From there it was only ten minutes of scrambling to the summit of Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, which we reached in cloud at 1.15. The mountaineer's most frequently asked question. It would perhaps be better known as Willie’s Ledge, since it’s put the willies up many a hillwalker. Dave offered them our five litres of water stashed at An Dorus, since we would no longer be needing it. Did Everest’s Hillary Step collapse in the Nepal earthquake? Summit Buttress West Face. Humboldt and Boussingault on Chimborazo: how high did they climb? Munro-bagging routes on the southern Skye Black Cuillins Ridge. This seemed appropriate for me, having felt a bit of one on the way up. To the right was an enormous cleft in the wall. There are a couple of river crossings here that had concerned me after the heavy rains of the previous week, but Dave had assured us that rain in the Cuillins washes off quickly. Those last 50 metres, Nepal earthquake gets the BBC Panorama treatment. This video is unavailable. There was still an enormous amount of scrambling over three Munros and several tops to reach An Dorus, and my knee was enduring a lot of pain. I was kitted up and ready to go around 11am. When does trekking become mountaineering? I’d never heard of speed wings, but apparently they’re nothing to do with fried chicken, and are some sort of cross between a paraglider and a parachute, which enable you to fly down but not up (some people might call this falling). Fittingly, I took these pics on the way home after guiding Sgurr Mhic Choinnich (MacKenzie's peak) and the eponymous Collie's Ledge with a native and an adopted Skye-man. We were still amongst the first to set out at 8:30am from the path by the sheep pens beyond the mountain rescue post. I got up early and headed up The Great Stone Chute to Sgurr Alasdair before heading across Collies Ledge to Sgurr Mhic Choinnich. 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Includes the peaks of Sgurr Alasdair, Sgurr Dearg - The Inaccessible Pinnacle (Inn Pinn), Sgurr Dubh Mor, Sgurr nan Eag, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, Sgurr na Banachdich, Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh and Sgurr … A brief introduction to Kilimanjaro’s volcanic crater, The Everest Politics Show is out now in paperback, Kilimanjaro: returning to the crown of Africa, Book review: A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby. Sure enough, the crossings were quite easy. There are 2496 Walkhighlanders who have climbed Sgurr Mhic Choinnich. In Pinn next. Barely a year later, here he was guiding again. Help-Crag Map. What happened to Alison Hargreaves on K2? If you’re not going to try then neither am I.’. We could see the sudden gap in the ridge that marked the peak of Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, and the twin summits of Sgurr Alasdair and Sgurr Sgumain rising above Coire Lagan to our left. His father, Frank Smythe – biography of a Himalayan legend, The volcanoes of Colombia's Los Nevados: the videos. The scrambling was fairly straightforward, but it was very exposed and was terrain I would have thought twice about had we not been roped to a guide. Click here to read more about the cookies. We still had two more days of good weather, but would I be able to continue? I couldn’t physically bend the knee more than 90°, and this made stepping upwards an issue. Sgurr Alasdair to Sgurr Mhic Choinnich: the secret of Collie’s Ledge; The Cuillin Traverse - to do or not to do? I was intrigued about how we were going to get up the black cliffs that guarded Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, and I was in for a pleasant surprise. Hiking info, trail maps, and 8 trip reports from Sgurr Mhic Choinnich (948 m) in the Hebrides of United Kingdom Sgurr Alasdair to Sgurr Mhic Choinnich via Collies Ledge, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich & Sgurr Alasdair via Collie's Ledge, Cuillin Traverse: Ration sweat not water (Day 2), Getting Engaged on the Inaccessible Pinnacle. Collies Ledge on Sgurr Mhic Choinnich Isle of Skye - geograph.org.uk - 33308.jpg 457 × 640; 132 KB Rubha an Dùnain 2.jpg 900 × 582; 577 KB Sgurr Mhic Choinnich - Flickr - Graham Grinner Lewis (1).jpg 3,648 × 2,736; 2.56 MB He met Professor Collie, an internationally renowned scientist and mountain expert, in Skye, and the pair formed a climbing partnership and friendship that spanned more than half a century. Boy was it hot. Watch Queue Queue Paul Sammonds has uploaded 15258 photos to Flickr. I winced in pain. Photo two sees the group at the summit of Sgurr Mhic Choinnich. 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Had Caspar asked him to carry gold, frankincense and myrrh? Luckily Edita noticed that the strap was broken and it was resting on a convenient fold in my jacket. Hide Search . I couldn’t imagine carrying it along a knife-edge ridge. But if my knee was listening to the story too, it wasn’t intending to cower in shame. Free Solo: my review of an Oscar-nominated climbing movie, Salt before breakfast: an ascent of Ojos del Salado, Cerro Vicuñas, the world’s easiest 6,000m peak? Edita waited for me, but I arrived back at the car in a bleak mood. 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It leads to the N ridge, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich. Since Sgurr Mhic Choinnich is itself named after the Gaelic form of Mackenzie, some people, including the official Scottish Mountaineering Club’s guidebook, Skye Scrambles, call it Hart’s Ledge. Stage 4 Go round the loch to the left and head to the back of the corrie. We were on a dramatic balcony looking north-east to the Red Cuillin. Sgurr Mhic Choinnich and Sgurr Alasdair. So back down the Stone Shoot, I went and up another gully called Bomb Alley, whose name sums it up essentially. Why are mountaineering book covers so terribly dull? I got up early and headed up The Great Stone Chute to Sgurr Alasdair before heading across Collies Ledge to Sgurr Mhic Choinnich. Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England, from Wasdale. 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We descended the Great Stone Chute two years ago, a giant scree slope, the descent of which resembles the land-based equivalent of the watery TV game show Total Wipeout. Norman Collie wrote his obituary in the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal. What's next? We had a lazy breakfast, hydrating with the assistance of a large institutional pot of tea. You don’t have to win the Boardman Tasker Prize to be a no.1 Amazon bestseller. You don't need to go all the way to the bottom of the chute but can walk along beneath the rocky bits on your left and join the chute approx half way up. He probably expected this to happen as soon as I told him about my injuries. Collie’s Ledge or Henry’s Ledge? Alasdair to Mhic Choinnich via Collie's Ledge ... "A fabulous day on The Cuillin Ridge in Skye. Two of the bottles had been in the freezer over night so they would thaw out as I … 7 mountainous places to escape to for Christmas, Ethiopia's Simien Mountains: great trekking, unusual wildlife, and a summit, 5 reasons Ecuador's mountains are great for beginners. 63 … How does climbing Everest compare with winning a Nobel prize? I dropped behind, but they waited for me beside Loch Coir a’ Ghrunnda, a silver lake that fills the corrie, surrounded by the tumbling rubble and jagged peaks of the Cuillin Ridge. Edita was so entranced that she dropped her water bottle. Ascended many peaks and named one after Alfred Mummery and an adjacent peak he named Nanga Parbat after the Pakistani mountain on which Mummery died. I was kitted up and ready to go around 11am. Is this the world’s strangest summit cairn? World firsts are meaningless, personal firsts are profound. This time last year, Dave flew down a mountainous gully rather too quickly and landed in a crumpled heap. The route now involves an ascent of the An Stac screes - a wide slope of unstable scree. At the car park, our guide Dave Fowler greeted another guide Caspar and his client Ross, who were also just departing for the full traverse. Since Sgurr Mhic Choinnich is itself named after the Gaelic form of Mackenzie, some people, including the official Scottish Mountaineering Club’s guidebook, Skye Scrambles, call it Hart’s Ledge. I gazed at Ross’s giant pack. Flashing on Everest: is it safe or sensible? These are ordered below with the most popular ones first. Did Edward Whymper make the first ascent of Carihuairazo? 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