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Here Dave told us about his speed wings accident last year. Collie's Ledge rising slowly N to ridge, then S up ridge to M Sgurr Mhic Choinnich. Feedback Always Hide βeta. Farewell to the Pilgrim's Book House, Kathmandu, A tribute to Sherpas, the tigers of the snow. What climbing Everest taught me about George Mallory's final hours, How the whim of Eric Shipton shaped the history of Everest. Safe return doubtful: Was Shackleton's advert apocryphal? As forecast, the weather was fine and due to be rain-free for the next two days, and this had another consequence: we weren’t the only people attempting the infamous Cuillin Traverse. 948: 1195: 3.6 miles: NG4502121047 #46 RII: 14: NNW to Bealach Lagan: 800 : 3.85 miles: NG44792143 #45 4S: 15: NW up path south below An Stac then WNW up ridge to M Inaccessible Pinnacle: 983: 1385: 4.1 miles: NG4440421566 #49 2W+ #50 RII: 16: Abseil down W … Summit Buttress West Face. 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We still had some tricky scrambling down Sgurr Mhic Choinnich’s north ridge, then a big scree slope down into Coire Lagan. We were still amongst the first to set out at 8:30am from the path by the sheep pens beyond the mountain rescue post. But if my knee was listening to the story too, it wasn’t intending to cower in shame. Learn how your comment data is processed. But now we see our pedigree What happened to Alison Hargreaves on K2? In Pinn and Sgurr Mhic Choinnich - a misty climb. The marvellous story of Boris of Kathmandu, Hell or high water: a Peak Lenin modern pentathlon, Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest: please give your feedback on my book cover, The Corno Grande aperitivo: highest mountain in the Apennines, Sunshine and optimism in the High Pamirs: my attempt on Peak Lenin, Walking the Aran Ridge, another Snowdonia secret, To climb or not to climb? Goddess of Turquoise: my attempt on Cho Oyu, Implementing WordPress for an adventure travel company. How does climbing Everest compare with winning a Nobel prize? The mountain is named after the mountain guide, John MacKenzie. For … This seemed appropriate for me, having felt a bit of one on the way up. Share: Comments. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Above us, the dark cliffs of Sgurr Alasdair, the highest peak on Skye, rose beneath a bright blue sky. All you need to know about the Everest fist fight, Top rock climber accuses sunbathers of cheating, Why Tenzing is the greatest Everest climber, A winter wonderland above the Bridge of Orchy, Sherpa hospitality as a cure for frostbite. Includes the peaks of Sgurr Alasdair, Sgurr Dearg - The Inaccessible Pinnacle (Inn Pinn), Sgurr Dubh Mor, Sgurr nan Eag, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, Sgurr na Banachdich, Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh and Sgurr … Includes the peaks of Sgurr Alasdair, Sgurr Dearg - The Inaccessible Pinnacle (Inn Pinn), Sgurr Dubh Mor, Sgurr nan Eag, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, Sgurr na Banachdich, Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh and Sgurr … I would have needed lead boots to keep me on the trail. No comments yet. Are western operators right to complain about cheap Nepali operators on Everest? ‘Actually it’s Dave’s water,’ I said, ‘but he’s not a very good salesman.’. ‘It’s only a fiver a bottle,’ I quickly added. His father, Frank Smythe – biography of a Himalayan legend, The volcanoes of Colombia's Los Nevados: the videos. By now the weather had soured, and we found ourselves shrouded in a thin mist. This wasn’t always possible though. I got up early and headed up The Great Stone Chute to Sgurr Alasdair before heading across Collies Ledge to Sgurr Mhic Choinnich. From the summit of Alasdair the plan had been to head over Sgurr Thearlaich and onto Sgurr Mhic Choinnich via either Collies Ledge or the King's Chimney, however it was getting wetter and wetter and a little to windy so we headed down the fast Great Stone Shoot. My friends on Makalu, Everest's deadly neighbour, BBC Human Planet: amazing photography, shocking script, My response to that blasted Sell Our Forests consultation. The Eighth Summit: the highest mountain in Central America, Frank Smythe is more interesting than George Mallory, How not to do a mountaineering presentation, Everest's most extraordinary false summit claim, George Mallory was murdered ... by Jeffrey Archer, The Epic of Everest - Captain John Noel's film of the 1924 expedition, The first winter ascent of Broad Peak - a tribute, Book review: Everest The First Ascent by Harriet Tuckey. Is this the finest view in the Himalayas? Caspar looked at me darkly and Dave laughed. with Harrison Via Sgurr Dearg (and including Collie's Ledge in both directions) mproudfoot: 08/05/2016: 1st of the day with george yeomans, roy, dave and derek ellis : mn23: 23/06/2015: With Jamie from Glen Brittle to Sgurr Dearg and then ropes up for Inaccessible Pinnacle. Then on to Sgurr Mhic Choinich descending down the An Stac screes. … Figures on Collie’s Ledge, with the southern cliffs of Sgurr Mhic Choinnich rising above them. It would perhaps be better known as Willie’s Ledge, since it’s put the willies up many a hillwalker. The mother of all avalanches: an eyewitness account, A last desperate bid for Everest glory ... by helicopter, Namche Bazaar and the start of the Everest trail. I got up early and headed up The Great Stone Chute to Sgurr Alasdair before heading across Collies Ledge to Sgurr Mhic Choinnich. Munro-bagging routes on the southern Skye Black Cuillins Ridge. Peak bagging the Cuillin ridge on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, Banished to Room 101: the Inaccessible Pinnacle, Sgurr Alasdair to Sgurr Mhic Choinnich: the secret of Collie’s Ledge. On the easy trail back to Glen Brittle, with the dark peaks of the Isle of Rum rising across the water, I got carried away with the day’s eventual success. Dave made no attempt to change my mind. The Inaccessible Pinnacle can be seen on the left hand side. To be continued… and you can see all my photos from the trip here. I found this section quite fun in a hair-raising sort of way, but I was happy to have both hands free, ready to grasp a rock should it be needed. Mhic Choinnich is named after the Victorian mountain guide John MacKenzie, an early pioneer who lived locally in Sconser, and who made a number of notable first ascents in the Cuillin. I had no regrets about abandoning the traverse. « PREV NEXT » daw37. 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