Autumn on the Cuillin Ridge Isle of Skye

It has been a busy September working on the Isle of Skye taking in many of the Skye Cuillin Munros. Yesterday Margaret and I returned after a wet and windy visit in August to complete our operation of Sgurr Nan Gillian and Am Bhastier. The weather forecast looked promising and we set off with complete optimism. The sun shone through shafts of clouds as we chatted our way up to the ridge. It was however apparent that our optimism was not being reciprocated with the weather and heavy drizzle dampened our clothes but not our enthusiasm. Climbing up the so-called tourist route we met Colin who insisted on telling us about his exploits. Not wanting to be rude we were far too focused on the job in hand and were happy to scurry of our first summit. 40 mph winds made us work hard and despite her fear, Margaret descended down the west ridge. After a quick discussion we decided to go for Am Bhastier and by 4.15pm we were back at the col after a very careful descent. as we returned to the Sligachan the clouds lifted to give us views of what we had accomplished. Well done Margaret and the Cuillin Munros never disappoint. We

As the nights draw in and the Autumn colors come into their prime I start to dream about the winter and another year of superb and hard days out tackling what has to be the best of the best ” Scottish Winter Mountaineering”