Am Basteir & Bruach na Frithe

Another early morning start saw us depart from Sligachan Hotel heading for Coire a’Bhastier.

Sligachan Munros:

Crossing the Allt Dearg Mor:

Sligachan Munros from the Allt Dearg Beag:

During the walk in we got fine views of Am Bastier, our first intended Munro of the day.

Am Bastier:

Pinnacle Ridge:

Am Bastier (zoomed):

Bhastier Gorge:

We ascended scree just below the pinnacles of Pinnacle Ridge skirting round towards Bealach a’Bhastier.

Colin below Bealach a’ Bhastier:

Am Bastier from Bealach a’ Bhastier:

West Ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean from Bealach a’ Bhastier:

Central Cuillin from Bealach a’ Bhastier:

After getting geared up for the ‘Bad Step’ abseil, Andy, Colin and Malcolm ascended the crest of Am Bastier.

Andy ascending Am Bastier:

On reaching the ‘Bad Step’, and selecting suitable anchors, we descended leaving the rope in place and completed the scramble to the summit of Am Bastier.

Malcolm getting lowered down the ‘Bad Step’ of Am Bastier:

Andy lowering Malcolm then Sultan down the Bad Step:

Andy, Malcolm and Colin at summit of Am Bastier:

On returning to the ‘Bad Step’ we climbed back up to retrieve the gear and continued the descent back via the ledges above the Lota Corrie to Bealach a’Bhastier.

Andy climbing ‘Bad Step’:

All five of us then skirted round below the North Wall of Am Bastier regaining the ridge at Bealach nan Lice.

Bhastier Tooth from Bealach nan Lice:

Climbers on the Bhastier Tooth:

From Bealach nan Lice we skirted Sgurr a’ Fionn Choire and followed the path to the summit of Bruach na Frithe.

View North from Bruach na Frithe:

Group photo at summit of Bruach na Frithe:

We then reversed the route back to Bealach nan Lice and followed the obvious footpath through the screes down into the grassy Fionn Choire and back out to Sligachan.

Descending from Bealach nan Lice:

Looking back up Fionn Choire:

Pinnacle Ridge (zoomed) from Allt Dearg Mor path:

A successful week thus far with another fine day spent on the Cuillin.