May 20 2006
Glen Brittle Cottage
We try a different travel method, this time taking the overnight train to Glasgow then the bus to Sligachan and a taxi to the Cottage in Glen Brittle. When we arrive, we walk straight out into the mountains, going up from the back door through the beautiful nibbled pasture full of mature trees, over the hill shoulder and up Sgurr Dheargh. We walk straight up a steep bouldery flank of the mountain . Eventually we come face to face with the nose of the In pin. We are intending to carry on and recce an awkward descent we couldn’t find on our last Ridge attempt, off the back of Sgurr Thearlich, but it is hailing and misty and freezing by this time. Neither do I want to belay Jim while he tries to climb up the abseil of the In Pin. So we came down, swiftly with wet stuff and big bags on more tired than I should have been. We see a radiant rainbow arcing above Sron na ciche and wonder at what we climbed last year, on the Cioch and Arrow route. It is lovely to have the cottage waiting for us. We have a mellow tea, feeling satisfied to have got out on a long walk on the day of arrival.
Cuillin ridge Diary 2006; Inaccessible Pinnacle in freezing mist
May 20 2006