Sgurr Dubh Mor and Sgurr nan Eag (30 May 2008)

Parked just outside Glenbrittle car park and set off along the track which starts behind the campsite toilets. We continued along this path heading towards Coruisk, crossing the Allt Coire Lagan and then took the upper path which skirts round the side of Sron na Ciche.

View of Rhum from path to Coruisk:

After skirting Sron na Ciche we ascended, steeply at first, up into Coir a’Ghrunda sticking just below the rocks of Sron na Ciche.

Malcolm posing on walk up to Coir a’Ghrunda:

A wee bit of easy scrambling took us into the upper coire beside Loch Coir a’ Ghrunda.

Malcolm at Loch Coir’ a’ Ghrunda:

After a short break we set off up scree initially towards Sgurr Alasdair and then skirted right towards Bealach Coir’ an Lochain.

Sgurr Dubh na Da Bheinn, Caisteal a’ Garbh-choire and Sgurr nan Eag:

Loch Coir’ a’ Ghrunda from near Bealach Coir’ an Lochain:

View towards Bruach na Frithe, Bhastier Tooth and Am Bastier, Sgurr nan Gillean, Glamaig, Beinn Dearg Mhor and Marsco:

Next we scrambled up the North-West ridge of Sgurr Dubh na Da Bheinn to its summit (Grade 1).

View towards Sgurr Alasdair and Sgurr Thearlaich from Sgurr Dubh na Da Bheinn:

From the summit of Sgurr Dubh na Da Bheinn we descended the East Ridge towards Sgurr Dubh Mor passing the initial pinnacles on the right-hand side (Grade 2/3). The final pinnacle, just before Sgurr Dubh Mor, we skirted on the left.

Looking up towards summit of Sgurr Dubh Mor:

The final stretch of Sgurr Dubh Mor involved more exposed scrambling up a series of ledges on the right-side of the peak. If you can’t see a way up try looking further right.

Andy at summit of Sgurr Dubh Mor with views towards Sgurr Sgumain, Sgurr Alasdair, Sgurr Dearg and In Pin and Sgurr na Banachdich:

In Pin and Sgurr Dearg from summit of Sgurr Dubh Mor:

Looking towards TD Gap and path continuation of main ridge up Sgurr Thearlaich:

We returned back towards Sgurr Dubh na Da Bheinn but skirted round below it’s top to gain the South Ridge of Sgurr Dubh na Da Bheinn which led to the base of Caisteal a’Garbh-choire (Grade 2).

While descending Sgurr Dubh na Da Bheinn we saw a helicopter winch someone off of Sgurr Alasdair:

We skirted the Caisteal, on a very easy path, on the Loch Coruisk side, before ascending the North Ridge of Sgurr nan Eag sticking just below the crest on the Coir’ a’ Ghrunda side (Grade 2).

Climbers on South Ridge of Caisteal a’Garbh-choire:

Didn’t take long before we reached the summit of the second Munro Sgurr nan Eag.

Malcolm at summit of Sgurr nan Eag:

From the summit of Sgurr nan Eag we returned several hundred metres before skirting diagonally right down through lots of boulders to reach Loch Coir’a’ Ghrunda (Grade 1). From Loch Coir’a’ Ghrunda we returned out to the car as per our in-bound route.

A very enjoyable day with lots of nice scrambling.


Pre-Skye Meet Abseiling Practice at Logiehead (18 May 2008)

On Sunday 18th May, Malcolm, Colin and Alex set off for Logiehead near Cullen for an introductory session, with Andy, on abseiling and climbing – in hopeful preparation for an ascent of the Inaccessible Pinnacle on Skye in a fortnight’s time.

The walk from Cullen along the coast to Logiehead was very pleasant and we were fortunate to receive great weather throughout the day.

On reaching Logiehead, various abseiling safety techniques were discussed and demonstrated before several abseils were undertaken by all.

After the abseiling practice, Alex, Colin and Malcolm all successfully bottom-roped the climb “Bladder Wrack”
a 10m Severe rock climb.

Blackwater Hostel, Kinlochleven (May 2008)

After a 7.00a.m. start from Aberdeenshire, Bob, Andy, Gregor, Kasia, Malcolm and Beinn climbed  Stob a’Choire Mheadhoin and Stob Coire Easain, en-route to the Blackwater Hostel in Kinlochleven. On arriving in Kinlochleven they were joined during the course of the evening by Paul, Marion, Michael, Iain, Morag, Ailsa and Sheila.

A good nights sleep was had by most and an early start on Saturday morning saw Andy and Beinn set off walking from the Hostel to do a traverse of the Corbett Mam na Gualainn while all other meet attendees headed for the Mamores. Starting from Mamore Lodge, all of the group successfully ascended Sgurr Eilde Mor, on what turned out to be a scorching hot day. Bob, Malcolm, Kasia, Iain and Morag continued on to also summit Binnein Mor and Binnein Beag, arriving back at the Hostel around 19:30, looking somewhat tanned/sunburnt!

On Sunday, several attendees made directly for home while Bob, Malcolm, Kasia and Gregor set off to ascend the Beinn a’Bheither pair (Sgorr Dearg and Sgorr Dhonuill). Paul set out for a second day in the Mamores to An Gearanach.

Thanks to Gregor for organising this successful weekend and for arranging the good weather. Significantly better weather than the past two meets to Inchnadamph and Crianlarich 🙂

Congratulations to Bob for ‘bagging’ his 100th Munro on Stob Coire Easian.
Congratulations to Malcolm for ‘bagging’ his 100th Munro on Sgorr Dhearg.

Photos from weekend: