May - 2013

Upper Ward Mountaineering Club




Walk Report - May 2013



Upperward Mountaineering Club – May 2013



This last weekend saw 16 members, and one very welcome guest, participate in the club’s bi-annual pilgrimage to Skye. Accommodation for the weekend was in the Skyewalker Hostel at Portnalong, a new venue for the club but one which proved highly successful, so much so that a tentative booking has been made for the May weekend in 2015.

The owners of the hostel are very much into music and encourage nightly sing-alongs whenever possible. Facilities at the hostel include an Eden Project-like dome situated in the grounds which is an ideal venue for music events, well away from the sleeping accommodation, thus ensuring no one is disturbed unnecessarily. Apart from some of the walking, the Do-In-The-Dome on the Saturday evening was one of the highlights of the weekend.

So, what about the walking you might well ask? As usual these days, there were a few different splinter groups doing their own thing covering Munros, Corbetts and Grahams in all parts of Skye and the surrounding area.


Friday. One group of 4 successfully scaled the In Pinn with Billy leading the assault up the fin and then “abseiling” off the top. Another group of 4 attempted the Brothers Ridge in North Glenshiel. Although the overhead conditions were ideal, discretion was the better part of valour when the third Munro on the ridge (Saileag) was abandoned due to the deep snow and slippery conditions


Saturday. The weather on Saturday limited all walking to low level routes around the coast, with extremely high winds making walking on the tops virtually impossible.


Sunday. Thankfully, the weather on Sunday reverted to the sunny, warm conditions experienced on Friday and the main group tackled the northern part of the Trotternish Ridge, starting at one prominent landmark (The Quiraing) and finishing 12 miles south at another (The Storr). Normally when we think of ridge walking on Skye, we think of the Cuillin Ridge, but this walk was equally spectacular although in much different ways. The full ridge snakes for 20 miles north/south from Duntulm in the north and finishes near Portree in the south, with intriguing rock formations littering the landscape all along its length. Other walks tackled on this day were the Corbett Garbh-bheinn (one of only two on Skye) and one of the Cuillin munros, Sgurr na Banadich.



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