According to many sources guide books “Sgurr Na Bannadich Munro 190 is one of the easiest Munros on Skye and a fine viewpoint ” it is the most westerly of all the Munros! It is usually done with several others like: Sgurr a’Greadaidh (973m, Munro 185) Sgurr a’Mhadaidh (918m, Munro 277) or Sgurr Mhic Choinnich (948m, Munro 217) Sgurr Dearg ‘In-Pinn’ (986m, Munro 164) Today it would be only the one unless the weather changed.
I had been watching the forecast and the weather was coming in early just after midday! It would be misty and wet so I left home very early at 0430 and was in Skye by 0730. It was a bit dark but what a great moon that I chased all morning yet there was not a great light show as dawn broke. I stopped just before Skye and could hear the stags barking a sign I love and appreciate and that never changes as the seasons come and go!
It is always great to be back in Skye and it did not disappoint. I met a mate who is in the club Andy Lawson with his new van at the BMC hut and he was happy to come with me! We met one of the locals guides who agreed with my thoughts on the weather and was off to the In pin before the weather broke. A hard way to earn your cash.
Now Andy is a fine hill companion but dresses in black so the photos will not be great. We did not mince about and took my car up to the Youth Hostel. There was only another car in the car park and we set of I have been off the hill as Andy has for a few weeks so we took it easy.
We took the easy way into the Corrie the Western Shoulder via Coire an Eich. The terrain above the Coire can be confusing in mist and this so called easy Munro is not yet today we had good viability. I have done a few call outs in this place it can be very tricky with false paths in the misty or snow covered ground can lead you into trouble.
It was a good path though wet in places into the Corrie base then steep scree takes you into the ridge! There were some great views of the wild Corries with the weeping cliffs and ledges wet from the previous days rain. This can be a wild place in the mist when area knowledge is key. There was one person ahead they must have been up early, we saw him in distance? The path even on the way up in clear weather is tricky to locate in places and easy to get onto the big scree. The rocks were greasy and I was wearing my trainers trying them out on Skyes rough ground they were fine.
We had a few stops for photos ( please change that Black gear Andy)) so reluctantly I posed so with the yellow jacket they may be okay. As we broke onto the Western shoulder the mist came in and out and the tops were covered. It got cold and it felt like winter was not far away.
On the top it took 3 hours of easy walking we caught up with the lone walker. He was staying in the BMC hut as was a Warden at one time and Andy had met him before he is areal character. At age 75 with new knees he was moving well and a great example of how to go and enjoy the hills whatever your age. He introduced himself as Tom Anderson of the Fell and Rock Club and we had a good laugh. Sadly we said goodbye as it was cold on the top with the mist now in no views so after a short break we headed down.
It was a shame we had no views at all of the great ridge or Loch Coruisk. Sgurr Na Bannadich was a great way to get onto the peaks in a good day. The classic in the RAF Team was W.H. Murrays great wander in the Cuiliins. I always loved doing the Dubhs from this side along with Bannadich dropping down again back to sea level, having a swim and then up onto Sgurr Dubh Mor by the Dubh Slabs . The descent into Coire A ‘ Ghrunda and then back to Glen Brittle made it a hard day. I look back and did this great day 6 times what a privilege that you only appreciate as you get older.
Today it was now no view and cold so we headed down and we took it easy it warmed up on the way down and rained for the last 20 minutes. We were soon back at the hut and get my kit sorted it was a short 5 hour day but so worthwhile.
The BMC hut we were staying has been refurbished and is superb t in Glen Brittle with great facilities and I am watching the rain and mist descend. I had some soup and tea and a short “catnap”. Some of the club are arriving as the rain and mist hide the hills but many will come after a days work and not be here till 2200. It is a long way as the dark nights are now with us.
We will see what the weather tomorrow brings it does not look great? It was cold on the tops, I must put my winter gloves in my bag and my hot flask.
Andy has written a piece on his blog well worth a read http://www.mountainsofscotland.co.uk