What a wonderful day it was on the Cuillin Ridge on Skye today. High pressure settled directly over the west coast bringing a cold start but sunshine warming the rocks and no wind at all on the summits. There was a little light cloud swirling around the summits just to add to the atmosphere and show off the shapes of the rocky ridges perfectly. Fiona and I have been trying to get a good day to enjoy a few summits for a few months and today it worked out brilliantly.
We walked up to Sgurr Dearg first to climb the Inaccessible Pinnacle straight off. There was nobody else there and the sun was shining on the rocks making it pretty much perfect. A smooth quick ascent was followed by a stylish abseil back down and before we knew it, we'd climbed the most challenging of all the Munros. Walking north away from Sgurr Dearg we went over Sgurr Banachdichd and Sgurr Thormaid to the col next to the Three Teeth. Here we met the first people of the day - it was not a busy day on the ridge.
Sgurr a Greadaidh is probably my favourite peak on the Cuillin ridge. The ridge is narrow, solid and involves brilliant scrambling with breathtaking exposure. With the conditions being so good we tip toed gracefully right along the crest, soaking up the scale and sence of space all around us. All too quickly we got to Sgurr a'Mhadaidh having completed the four Munros we aimed to climb. Well done Fiona, it was lovely spending such a good day with you on the ridge. Good luck with the remaining six!
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