Skye weekend continued. Old habits, torches and” Nightshift on the Cioch”
I had a great day on the ridge climbing the In Pin on Sgurr Dearg and then we enjoyed the views and wandered back down the South West Ridge. We kept our helmets on as there was a lot of loose rock and the odd sheep lower down on some of the steep ground. Back at the hut early we had time to get sorted as we were the first back. I was out with the Moray Club for a weekend at the wonderful BMC Hut in Glenbrittle.
It was great to relax and not have a huge drive home and after some food another of our hill party came in after a great day on Sgurr a Mhaidaidh, Sgurr a’ Ghreadaidh and Sgurr na Bannadich. We swapped tales and their day with 3 Munros was a great effort, we did not mind. I had wanted to watch the sunset at Glenbrittle so I went down with Dan, Dave, Ray and Jan to watch it.
There were great views out to sea and the ridge was bathed in evening light, the stars were out and it was a special place to be.
The signs were good for another great day tomorrow.It was getting dark and chilly so we went back the hut and waited another party ( the elderly group) who had gone out to climb the Cioch and Eastern Gully in Coire Lagan. They had planned the classic Collies Route to the Cioch a devious route with plenty of atmosphere. They came off fairly late and we had no communication with them as there is no phone signal in the Glen. They also had a torch failure which did not help but one of the group had a spare so that made life easier. It was great to see the lights coming off the hill later on that night and all was well. It reminded me off many past days in the Mountain Rescue with parties coming of late and old habits die hard, I never relax till all are off the hill. I gave them a lift from the car park along with Dan and for that they were glad, I think and thanks to Mike for driving about to see if he could have got a reception and the other hill party who said they had met them on the path.
I feel it is important to check your torches and carry spare batteries; I always carry a spare cheap back up torch as I have helped many out over the years. Check your torch each outing before you go? Top Tip.
“A good head torch is an essential piece of kit for anyone heading out on the hills in the UK. Mountain rescuers say many of their call outs are to walkers or climbers who get caught out by darkness either because their route takes longer than expected; they are delayed by an incident or injury, or they just underestimate the time it’s going to take to get back down to the glens.”
When all got back it was pretty late and I left them to their tales and to get some well – earned food and drink. They all had a great day and with good weather had got the most out of it. I wanted an early start and I wanted a day on my own before heading home a long 3 hours drive. I decided on the wonderful Sgurr Na Gillean and had a great day in wonderful weather with only me to worry about. I was struggling at the end of the day and the body hurting but today I had a light bag, with a short rope and torch and a few bits and pieces. I had left my camera disc in my computer so only a few photos but great memories of another wonderful weekend in Skye. I love this hill it is another of my top 10 so many ways up it and so many memories.
The drive back was spectacular, there were people coming of the hills everywhere, what a weekend and a great feeling to be out in these great hills again. Thanks to Simon and all the Moray Club for organising the weekend and the BMC for the use of the hut. I left some venison steaks in the freezer, so hope someone enjoys them!
There was a bit of what gear we have nowadays have alook at the gear on the Classic Cioch Direct in 1954 on Skye.