The winter is drawing in, the days grow colder and the nights longer. Snow covers the mountains of Scotland and the wild winter weather starts to take effect. The Scottish mountains are notorious for their weather so when we packed to head to Skye. Hayley and I had our ice axes, our crampons and more gear than you would need to tackle Mont Blanc. Turned out, however, that it was sunny… go figure. I love you and your wacky weather, Scotland.
Leaving the frozen wastes of Oban, having just climbed a snow topped Munro, we prepared for the worst. We arrived in Skye in the pitch black, setting up the bothy for the St Andrews Mountaineering Club (STAUMC). With space limited we pitched our tent outside and got ready for the cold night ahead. Turned out the bothy was colder than the tent!
Waking up it was misty but by no means cold; the first day was spent hiking and scrambling rather than my usual running. We headed out with the STAUMC group and tackled a fun ridge with Grade II scramble heading to Bruach na Frìthe. It was a nice easy day free of sketchy moments and fearful epics (a rare occasion in STAUMC I am told…) and good chance to see what the conditions were like on top of the mountains.
We arrived at the mythical fairy pools where we took off in the dark towards the base of the mountain.
Reaching the base it was plain to see it that it would be a relatively steady climb through the scree before getting to the the fun bit to begin scrambling on the ridge. So pushing up we made our way up the hill.
No trip to the Cuillin would be complete without being left blind in the mist. This rolled in during the scramble. The enjoyable final segment of the climb flew by and it wasn’t long until we reached the summit. We even took a wee wander over to the Am Basteir tooth and all its glory.
A perfect first day to the trip. Arriving home I went a short fast trail run before we all started planning our days ahead. I knew exactly what I wanted to tackle (other than the beer in the fridge) having been staring at the ridge line out the window since arriving…Follow part 2 for the running adventure! PART 2 <- Click Here
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