Skye classics – White Slab Direct Coire A Ghrunda a forgotten route?

I was asked for some advice on routes to do in Skye. To me there are so many but one day that sticks in my mind is this classic. Myself and wee Jock Cameron were over on Skye for a bit of climbing, we did the long walk into Coire a Ghrunda and then dropped into the sun after climbing White Slab . I still wonder how Teallach followed us down. The sun was now on Stron na Ciche.

Jock a Glaswegian hated walking and moaned the whole way in but once at the cliff had his fag he became a new man, I love the walk into the Coire and the huge Broiler plate slabs that make the place seem primeval. Yet you can lose your way coming off in a wild day in the mist and rain. There was plenty of water and we drank a lot on the way up with the view of Rum on this far side of the Cuillin.

“You know Alf, going to the right place at the right time, with the right people are all that really matters.
What one does is purely incidental.”

Colin Kirkus to Alf Bridge on the summit of Sgurr Alasdair.

South Crag, Sron Na Ciche, Coir’ A’ Gr

White Slab Direct 180 metres Severe. Three stars .

Myself and Teallach at White Slab.

180m, 6 pitches. Easy start, then slightly tricky traverse across short slab; then easy upwards to base of white slab. Up middle of White Slab, then rightwards out to arete -exposed with little protection. Easy finish up chimney.

Jock on White Slab

My dog Teallach sunbathed and followed us at times on the day. I was amazed to see him on the top of White Slab. Jock was a grand wee climber we had so many great climbs together. Every day was fun that day that was, he smoked all the time, I remember of the crux he left a light fag on the key hold laughing at me. I wonder where he is now? Look at the weather early May no midges no crowds and incredible memories. I wonder how many climb in this corrie nowadays ?

From the ridge we descended down to the Cioch but that’s another story.

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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