Isle of Skye Meet 14-15 August

By Steven

For the first time (post lockdown) the LMC where able to stay in a club hut! With 8 of us staying in the Glen Brittle Memorial Hut surrounded by the beautiful Skye landscape. Once again, we were surrounded atmosphere of an excited hut morning, with folk making breakfast and preparing for the day eager to explore the Cuillin Ridge. Looking out of the window on Saturday morning the weather outlook was not looking good, but fortune favours the brave and we were optimistic. One group headed up to the Inaccessible Pinnacle, with Cameron taking a big group of newbies on to the ridge. Cameron put in a spectacular effort in leading the Inn-Pinn 3 times, allowing others to bag the summit. They also met members of the Carnethy Hill Running Club, with the club trying to have member bag every single munro in a single day (afterward we learnt their endeavour was a success).

Another group headed up to Sgurr a’ Mhadaidh and along a more challenging part of the ridge, some excellent views were seen as the cloud cleared in the afternoon and some nice climbing pitches were covered. The evening on the hut was spent exchanging stories of the day and planning for the Sunday. It was great to spend time with existing members and meet some of the new ones we have gained.

On the Sunday the groups were a little more fragmented: some headed north to the Quiraing, some attempted Pinnacle Ridge and others had a more relaxed day. It is well known that water can be hard to find on the Cuillin ridge line, however the Sunday was not one of those days. With increasing wind and rain any trip up to the ridge were short lived, the Pinnacle Ridge traverse was abandoned due to the poor weather after completing the 22 m abseil to the base of Knight’s Peak. With everyone getting down safely from their expeditions we embarked on the long drive to Glasgow. It was great to see everyone on the meet and hope we get some better weather on the next meet.