Good to see the work starting again on the main summit path of Ben Nevis. Unfortunately in my opinion the Nevis Partnership are yet to reach a sensible decision on extending the good, but half completed path past the Half Way Lochan towards Torlundy. One worker on the Nevis Partnership said that a particularly virulent form of common sense would need to break out for that to happen. Most climbers I know live in hope of a good path, high up on the moor, which they can use when descending back to the very good and improved North Face Car Park approach. We live in hope as usual.
Archive for May, 2009
After a very windy morning, yesterday proved as good as possible on the Black Cuillin Ridge. Plenty of weary travellers out enjoying the high and exposed sections of the very unique Skye Ridge.
Even on a busy day it should be possible to find a slender ledge to ponder the view from the West Ridge of the Inaccessible Pinnacle. And thanks to some good solid stainless steel fittings the roped descent of the steep East side is more re-assuring, although still provoked some fairly agricultural language from one lady yesterday,
Cioch Buttress looks good in the afternoon light. This is certainly a better cliff after lunch and into the evening if you are looking for some sunshine.
Driving away from Glenbrittle in the clear evening light. The Black Cuillin in full sunshine are not as photogenic as an evening shot with shade and light. Day time shots tend to be a little bland, due to the greyness of the rock architecture.
We started the week on a dry note and it went fairly damp pretty quickly. This shot of the sun resting over the Minch was briefly glimpsed after a deluge on the Cuillin, Corie Lagan section of an attempted traverse.
The day had started well enough with a pleasant boat trip into Loch Scavaig, until around , mid-afternoon when the clouds closed in. On our second day after a dry bivouac, we made it as far as Sgurr Mhadaidh before the damp conditions and slippery rock forced a retreat.
Climbing with Mark Seaton and friends on a rare ‘Away Day’ on Skye.