A superb video on Skye starring Spike Sykes and an early start.

One of my mates Ian “Spike” Sykes has made a video filmed in Skye at the JMCS hut a Coruisk it is only short and is well worth a watch. I hope you can get it with the link attached. There is some great filming in it of the ridge and the story of a huge callout in the 60’s


I love going to Skye I am going today  an early start before the weather breaks it is a 3 hour drive to Glen Brittle  and I  cannot wait it has been a long time coming. I hope to get a day out on the hill before the weather breaks. Skye  is a place dear to my heart and a climbers and walkers heaven. I first went in Easter 1972 there was a lot of snow and it was wild. I was with John Hinde about 100 feet from the top of Sgurr Nan Gillean in a winter storm. There were few on the hills then and Skye was an eye opener. In that summer in 1972  I tried the ridge with a group of two others, Tom MacDonald and Kas Taylor.

They were far better climbers than me and on the final abseil on the Drums I nearly killed myself  when I abseiled of a makeshift harness clipping the gear attachment not the strong point. I owe my mate Tom my life as he  noticed it. After Am Basteir I came off Tom should have continued as we only had Gillean to do but walked off with me as I was struggling. I was very fit but the ridge was mentally wearing and yet I was so near from a great day. I was very fortunate and have had the great privileged of doing the ridge in one go in a day several times and longer expeditions with a bivy many times with young Team members.

It is the finest mountaineering day in the UK.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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