As Britain is getting some heavy snow the Cuillin Ridge in Skye has an incredible winter day in 4 hours 57 min. Missing Walker in Bendronaig Lodge, Lurg Mhor and Bearneas areas. .

Skye winter traverse.

A few years ago now  – In search of romance (perhaps) Tim Gomersall and Finlay Wild spent Valentine’s Day trotting across 11 Munro summits, fuelled mostly by jelly babies, in an uncontested (so far) record six hours 14 minutes and 17 seconds. Tim tells the story of the day, the gear they took, and says it could definitely be done quicker, if anyone fancies rising to the challenge?

Last season it seemed the Cuillin Ridge was never in, but in recent weeks there have been dozens of traverses. The stars had aligned to offer something very rare: amazing weather on Skye, and brilliant conditions on the ridge.

This is the latest

As we hear of all the snow about in Skye an incredible feat of Mountaineering was achieved. Uisdean Hawthorn completed the Cuillin ridge in winter 11 Munros in 4 hours 57 min 07 seconds. From the summit of Sgurr Na Gillean to Gars Bheinn. What an outstanding achievement by one of Scotland’s young mountaineers. The first winter ascent in 1965 by Hamish MacInnes, Tom Patey, B. Robertson and Davy Crabb was achieved in a 2 day ascent with a bivy told so well in Tom Patey’s book One Man’s Mountains well worth a read.


A brilliant read!

Missing Walker any sign?

An appeal has been made for help in tracing an overdue hillwalker in the Scottish Highlands.

Stephen Mitchell, 57, set off for a planned walk in the Strathcarron area of Wester Ross on Friday. He planned to visit the Bendronaig Lodge, Lurg Mhor and Bearneas areas.

Police Scotland said the Perthshire man was believed to have been near Beinn Dronaig at about 09:00 on Saturday.

His car was found parked near the Strathcarron Hotel on Monday.

Mr Mitchell is described as 6ft tall with grey hair and probably greying stubble. He was intending to sleep in bothies.

His disappearance follows a number of alerts on Scottish hills in recent weeks. Thinking of the family. Stephen left a route and where he was going this is so important and if in a bothy there is usually a bothy book to leave your route or any change of plan. These are the places that the Mountain Rescue Teams/ Helicopter crews will check so if you change your route leave a note in there. Top Tip.

My thoughts are with all the family and those involved in the Search.

The snow is down even in my sea side village so be careful today. Drive with care and make sure if out you have enough warm gear on. Not a day for the high heels!

2018 March my golf Course today no Golf!

Stay safe and enjoy the weather.




About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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