MUNRO ADVENTURE 2015
DAY 76 ( 15th JULY )
Sgurr nan Eag (924m, Munro 265) – ‘peak of the notches’
Sgurr Dubh Mor (944m, Munro 228) – ‘big black peak’
Sgurr Alasdair (992m, Munro 154) – ‘Alexander’s peak’
Sgurr Mhic Choinnich (948m, Munro 217) – ‘Mackenzie’s peak’
With a good forecast for the next 2 days I decided to head to Skye again . After yesterday’s long day a drive all the way to Skye afterwards was probably not the best thing to do so I went as far as Lundie by Loch Cluaine parked up for the night made my tea and had a early night.
It was stunning this morning in Glen Sheil a stark difference from the last 2 hill days I had here. I set off at 8.30 and had a 1.5hr drive to get to Glen Brittle, as I approached Skye the red Cuillin was clear but the black Cuillin had light cloud cover but hopefully it would burn off later.
I set off heading for Coire Ghrunnda the nearer I got I could see Sgurr nan Eag was clear so once at the loch I headed up on a rough path just below the ridge line and finally on the ridge itself to the summit , it was calm and clear and so was my next objective Sgurr Dubh Mor . Headed down on the ridge this time and bypassed the Caisteal on the right and a scramble up onto Da Bheinn back down again and more scrambling onto the main summit. I could see a path leading to the W side of Sgurr Alisdair so headed for there , on the way I heard a rock fall from the cliffs above I ducked in against them Penny was missed by about 3 feet by a fist size rock she was a very lucky dog .By memory there was a short climb to get up onto the summit ridge which is dog proof if you have no help but I went anyway in the chance someone might turn up to help, had lunch there but no luck no one about today. Had a look down into Coire Lagan and could see the stone Shute and reckoned by going down the Sgumain screes I could pick it up which was not that bad and came onto the main Shute quite high up , ascended the remaining part and a short climb Sgurr Alasdair which unfortunately had mist on it. Only Sgurr Mhic Choinnich to go but I didn’t fancy going over Thearlaich to find Collie’s ledge on my own so went for the long option back down the shute to the corrie floor up a long slog up the An Stac screes to the col and a scramble up to the summit which was now clear again.
Had a few lifts to give Penny on the way down, she seemed to get up easily enough though. A scree run saw us back at the Lochan in Coire Lagan in no time where we had a paddle to cool the feet down (and paws). Back down on the main track past the camp site and back to the van for a brew and a snooze.
Today’s totals:11.91mls,1953m ascent,6hrs 50 min.
232 Munros to date.
A great day and a superb effort by Penny and Graeme Skye is not easy I did a 3 day traverse with my dog Teallach and had some epics on that trip as I am no climber. It also shows that Penny is some mountaineer and was very lucky when that stone fell so near her.
Take care on Sgurr Na Gillean and then Skyes last Munro Blaven.