After another 2km, another narrow bridge is met, use this to cross the Allt Dearg Beag, then head up the recently repaired path towards Coire Riabhach. This marks the crux of the ‘Tourist Route’ which in its own right is Grade 3… The easiest descent is down a right trending ramp line following good, positive holds. Follow a crack leftwards from here over a small wall before regaining the ridge crest. With dry rock and very grippy gabbro we made good progress over the 1st 2 pinnacles climbing up some good short pitches. The best guidebook for this route is found in the SMC Skye Scrambles Book, which is available via Amazon on Paperback here. With a height of 966.1 metres (3,169 feet 7 inches), it is one of eleven Munros in the Cuillin ridge. Sgurr nan Gillean is one of the most northerly peaks on the Black Cuillin Ridge, and one of the finest with its sharply pointed summit. The rocky slopes of Sgurr nan Gillean were now lit up in stunning shades of yellow as the sun cast its final glow on it, a fitting end to a fantastic day. With a height of 966.1m, it is one of eleven Munros in the Cuillin ridge. You can camp at the Sligachan Camping site here. With the sun shining we started the walk into Pinnacle ridge, the hardest graded ridge on Sgurr nan Gillean, the most northerly munro on the Cuillin ridge. The path crosses the Allt Dearg Mor via a narrow wooden bridge, then heads up towards the Bhasteir Gorge. Collection Hamish Brown Mountaineering and Scottish Photography Collection Parent record H M Brown Collection - Slides of Scotland (first series). There are three routes to the top, all difficult. Pick up some cairns and a faint path aiming south-west for Sgurr nan Gillean's summit. Oct 22, 2017 - Sgurr nan Gillean, line illustration showing the South East Ridge. In … Travel Destinations. The Cuillin are composed of gabbro rock which gives wonderful grip even when wet, but these mountains have narrow ridges and pointed summits which require scrambling or even rock-climbing to reach the summit. We then followed the remainder of the West ridge … Further on, some easy scrambling is encountered as you keep to the ridge and eventually reach the trig point. The approach could be the longest part of the day depending onhow good a scrambler you are/how busy the summit is. If you have a route you could contribute, submit it to us today. Sgùrr nan Gillean is a mountain in the northern section of the Cuillin range on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Matt was out with Rich, Tom and James today. Once onto this ledge, cross onto the south side of the crest and climb through a hole in the rock. Skye's Black Cuillin Ridge - North Sgurr nan Gillean is the finest peak on Skye, Bruache na Frithe is the easiest, Am Bhasteir lies between them. With the sun shining we started the walk into Pinnacle ridge, the hardest graded ridge on Sgurr nan Gillean, the most northerly munro on the Cuillin ridge. 185 users have logged this. Overview; Photos 10; Tooth Chimney; West Ridge (Winter) No description has been contributed for this climb. At Sligachan on the A87, the A863 heads west towards Carbost. For the visitor, perhaps the most photogenic, its fairy-like striking shape, from the road, is a common postcard. There will be a small extra charge and details such as date ascended, companions, route, variations 1 – (NG 48542 29803) Follow a path that follows the river opposite the hotel out over the moor to a bridge. Sgùrr nan Gillean is a mountain in the northern section of the Cuillin range on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Head up along the crest towards Am Basteir's east ridge. This route was created by Sam Wainwright and donated to the UK Scrambles website through our contributor program. before the final scramble to Sgurr Nan Gillean. With Jamie via the West Ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean, then Am Bastier (Bad Step)and Bruach na Frithe. Cloudy and overcast. knarf: 08/06/2015: With Harrison John S and John R (SW Ridge) mproudfoot: 02/05/2015: With Mark, Steve & guide Jonah from Coire Bhasteir. grimjimm: 21/07/2014 The summit forms a perfect pyramid on the skyline to the left of the equally characteristic Basteir Tooth. The climbers-only Pinnacle Ridge, the terrifying scramble of the West Ridge, and the deceptively named 'Tourist Route'. Look slightly right and you'll see how to continue to the ledge below. With a wet and windy start to the day and with plenty of snow still lingering, we opted for the more sheltered and snow free SE Ridge (AKA The Tourist Route) up and down Sgurr Nan Gillean. Sgurr nan Gillean. 5 August 1999(West Ridge) Sgurr nan Gillean is at the north end of the Cuillin ridge and is usually seen across the moor from Sligachan Hotel. Do not block the access to the Mountain Rescue building. Conditions on the route were as expected; wet and slippery in places, but the team did well and we summited in good time. Start climbing again and get back onto the crest. When below a small butress, the path splits - keep left, then continue, with occasional scrambling, onto the south-east ridge, otherwise known as the "tourist route". Cross the bridge and continue along the path for ~2 km before a fork is reached at another bridge. Saved by Hendo Talks. Sgurr nan Gillean is perhaps the most famous of the Cuillin peaks - a popular route with a difficult scramble to the summit and fantastic views at all times. More technical scrambling is required to descend off Knight's Peak to reach a gap and then contour right around Sgurr nan Gillean's north face, from where a steep walk attains the West Ridge and Sgurr nan Gillean's summit. The route leads from the summit down to a bealach separating Sgùrr nan Gillean from Am Basteir. / Sgurr nan Gillean - West Ridge: New Topic Reply to Topic. Simon, Catherine and I had an excellent day on Pinnacle Ridge on Sgurr nan Gillean today. Be the first to rate this post. Eric. We followed the ledge that skirts Sgurr nan Gillean joining the West ridge above its chimneys. On the opposite side of the road, a Right-of-way sign marks the way to Sligachan via a fine footpath. These cookies do not store any personal information. Europe Destinations. Scrambling becomes more sustained to reach the third pinnacle, from where an abseil through a hole in the rock is required to attain a small gully below. We then followed the remainder of the West ridge … The summit is perhaps one of the finest on Skye (and therefore the UK) and is well worth a picnic and a wee dram! Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. You'll be faced with a short awkward drop, aptly named the "Bad Step". Sgurr nan Gillean: On Sgurr nan Gillean above Knight’s Peak: On reaching the ledge we again took coils and moved together as far as the top of Sgurr nan Gillean. Bruach na Frithe is the only peak on the main Cuillin ridge to have a trig point, from where views are stunning. The route starts from the Sligachan Hotel Pub (maps link) on the A863 between Broadford and Portree. Sgurr a'Fionn Choire is a fine viewpoint and is worth a detour - just head more or less directly for it, some easy scrambling on the way. West Ridge (Summer) M . — peter43 • Aug 5, 1982 The summit forms a perfect pyramid on the skyline to the left of the equally characteristic Basteir Tooth. Matt was out with Rich, Tom and James today. (Coming soon) If you would like personal details annotating please message me. Cuillin ridge from Sgurr nan Gillean, Skye. Sam regularly publishes route blogs on his website Wainright Climbing here. A few drops of rain on Bruach na Frithe with more rain on the way down from Sgurr nan Gillean with thunder." With a strong wind forecast i opted to gain Sgurr nan Gillean via the easier south ridge, lending for quicker progress and a bit of shelter, with a descent down the west ridge, which was windy. Also, the start of the path across from the col with KP to the west ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean may not be so easy to find in cloud or in wet conditions, though it is easy to follow once found. 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