MUNRO ADVENTURE 2015
DAY 70 ( 9th JULY )
Back on Skye
Bruach na Frithe (958m, Munro 202) – ‘slope of the deer forest’
Am Basteir (934m, Munro 243) – ‘the executioner’
After my late finish I just drove 3 miles up the road and parked up for the night, made myself dinner and in bed by 10.30.
The forecast for today was good so I decided to head back to Skye for the day as weather is closing in on Friday. Rather than drive all the way back to Kyle to get there I fancied taking the scenic route and use the small Glenelg to Kylerhea 6 car ferry, as the first sailing wasn’t till 10am a long lie and a late breakfast was had . I arrived at the loading ramp at 9.45 with no one about and the ferry still tied up off shore?
Sure enough 5 minutes later Captain Pugwash and his first mate ambled down to the pier in a typical west coast relaxed style and set about getting the ferry ready for its first sailing of the day 5 minutes late . I was the only vehicle to board the unique manual turntable style ferry and set off across the tidal rapids to reach Kylerhea , I spotted an otter on the way over doing a spot of fishing no doubt. Drove over the steep and narrow scenic road and onto the A 87 and parked up just past the Sligachan. The Cuillin hills were clear but no sunshine today just a high layer of cloud. I set off at 11.15 up towards bealach a’ Mhaim then took a path which led onto the NW ridge of Bruach na Frithe at about 550m, it’s quite loose with scree on the lower sections but soon hit the rock with a few bits of easy scrambling to reach the summit trig point, met a group of 4 there who were asking if I knew which Islands they could see out west and I think I told them correctly.
They took a summit photo of me and Penny then I headed down past the vertical cliffs of Am Basteir and back up to the col between it and Sgurr nan Gillean. I followed the ridge line so far then dropped off to left to avoid the small down climb and regained the ridge to the very small summit.
The views were good today especially out west but not as good as Monday, took a couple of photos and retraced my steps passing the guided group we met the other day on the way up. Now it was a scree descent down Coire Basteir to pick up a path back to the van.
Today’s totals: 8.85mls,1123m ascent,3hrs 45 mins.
207 Munros to date.
Great to see that Graeme and Penny managed a good day weather on Skye. This is a great part of the ridge and in fine weather some place to be. He is wise taking it easy with Penny as I found that my old dog paws got fairly battered on the sharp Gabro rock. I love this place and the classic rock climb onto the Am Basteirs Tooth by the classic Naismiths Route an now upgraded 85 metre severe, what a situation. Or a great scramble the Lotta Coire original Route ( Collies Route) a 200 metres grade 3 scramble, first climbed in 1888. Be aware that Skye has plenty of loose rock and a helmet is very worth while as there are plenty of accidents due to stone fall by other groups or naturally!