Grade 3 routes involve the most serious type of scrambling with fairly constant use of hands and often in highly exposed positions. :), It is a fantastic page anyway !!! The path up is very narrow so calls for single file when a party ascends.   --Jean Ferrat, Panorama to the Cuillins and Sgùrr nan Gillean, Panorama to Sgùrr nan Gillean from Am Bastheir, Black Cuillins from Blaven, Sgùrr nan Gillean is the last on the right, Routes Climbing | Sgurr nan Gillean | Route up Munro on Skye's Cuillin Ridge. Sgùrr nan Gillean is one of the most famous peaks of the Cuillin ridge, on the Scottish Isle of Skye. good point :) We had climbed that way but wanted to continue on to Am Bastier so had no real option but to take the much more interesting west ridge. the needle to see the knife-edge ridge leading across to Am Bastier. The best bit (or worst Sgurr nan Gillean via the Southeast Ridge (Tourist Route) Other routes and challenges The … Viewing Routes attached to Mountain/Rock: Sgùrr nan Gillean View All Routes. Sgurr nan Gillean is a summit in the Rum region or range in Scotland. It is not for the squeemish hill-walker. For the visitor, perhaps the most photogenic, its fairy-like striking shape, from the road, is a common postcard. the ridge requiring care and balance to ascend and some very steep Sgùrr nan Gillean is a mountain in the northern section of the Cuillin range on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Quartz and feldspar rich gabbros can look similar to dark granites, maybe thats the point! Once you are on the ridge it's a constant scframble to the top with We climbed Tooth Chimney to the left of the gendarme (adding a stranger to the end of the rope) and ascended the west ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean to its summit. Sgurr nan Gillean is probably the finest peak on the Cuillin, due to its shape, location and rock formation. Only experienced mountaineers should be trying this if it is proposition unless you are a confident scrambler. The route continues up into a corrie, the Coire Rhiabhach. how good a scrambler you are/how busy the summit is. "Dieu,que la montagne est belle ("God, how beautiful are mountains" - song title)" The approach could be the longest part of the day depending onhow good a scrambler you are/how busy the summit is. For example, the weather - however, if the weather's bad you probably don't want to do (8 ), Hiking, Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing, Toprope, Ice Climbing, Aid Climbing, Big Wall, Mixed, Scrambling. means is that it is a hard(ish) scramble - this is mostly because of The scramble up the ridge to the summit is difficult and exposed. There is always a rope available if clients feel nervous in this terrain. Name = Sgurr nan Gillean Photo = Pinnacle_ridge&gillean2.jpg Caption = Sgurr nan Gillean and the Pinnacle Ridge from Basteir gorge Elevation = 964 m (3162 ft) Location = Skye, Scotland Range = Cuillin Prominence = "c." 204 m Parent peak = Sgurr Alasdair Topographic OS "Landranger" 32 … / Sgurr nan Gillean - West Ridge: New Topic Reply to Topic. Home; Find route; Routes and Tracks. the exposure of large drops on a narrow ridge. On Saturday Nathan, Dunc and myself had the pleasure of guiding Russell and his party of friends on an ascent of the famous ‘Tourist Route’ of Sgurr nan Gillean. Down the tourist route to Sligachan. Sgurr nan Gillean is perhaps the most famous of the Cuillin peaks - a popular route with a difficult scramble to the summit and fantastic views at all times. Viewing: 1-1 of 1. I've been at the ledge … The ascent of the coire headwall is on loose rock and scree. Gabbro consists of mainly plagioclase, up to 5 % quartz, pyroxene and olivine, thus linking it to the basaltic plutonites. It is the Munro closest to Sligachan, and its impressive triangular profile is visible behind the Sligachan hotel, making it perhaps the most recognised peak in the Cuillin range. Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children. drmarten 24 Aug 2013. forget. Glencoe, this is harder. achievement or just sit back and sunbathe (if you're lucky) - the two real "difficulties": some steep slabs in the middle of The most popular route of ascent, known as the Tourist Route, follows a path leading south and west from Sligachan, crossing a burn known as the Allt Dearg Beag (small red burn). the west ridge for a little way - drop off the summit (you'll see the These are relatively insignificant in dry conditions. From the Glen Brittle road to Bruach na Frithe, Sgurr a’ Fionn Choire and Am Basteir, skirting under Bhasteir Tooth on the north side. Donald Bennett, in the introduction of the well-known SMC book "The Munros", makes an allusion to it as the most beautiful Munro. For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports. which crosses a huge drop on a very narrow (< 1m wide) I'm planning a descent of Sgurr nan Gillean's West Ridge (after ascent of Tourist Route). This topic has been archived, and won't accept reply postings. Terrain:The route to the ridge can be difficult to follow in mist. The top is a ridge which must be traversed t… Ken: Today saw Steve and I kick off our first Skye Munros Course that we run in conjunction with Steven Fallon Mountain Guiding. Northern Highlands Liathach & the Am Farsinnen Pinnacles In summer a traverse of Liathach is a long but enjoyable scramble in the remote wilderness that is Torridon. Sgùrr nan Gillean is a 3162 feet (964 m) high mountain in the northern section of the Cuillin range on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. towering over Am bastier and it's viscious tooth! The climbers-only Pinnacle Ridge, the terrifying scramble of the West Ridge, and the deceptively named 'Tourist Route'. All this (40), Climber's Log Entries depending on your view) it the short walk (or crawl) to the summit Ridge. For walkers the best, indeed only, approach to this mountain is via the aptly named Tourist Route - this is in fact the South East Ridge The first ascent of this route was made in 1836 by Prof. James Forbes & Duncan MacIntyre. (it looks like it reaches a point - it does) and it really is This descent gives excellant views back to the Pinnacle Ridge and the summit crag. Hidden beyond the lip to the corrie is the Bhasteir Gorge and the path bears to the east (left) to follow a spur and crossing two knolls to reach the foot of the buttresses under the Pinnacle Ridge. Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. The most popular route of ascent, known as the Tourist Route, follows a path leading south and west from Sligachan, crossing a burn known as the Allt Dearg Beag (small red burn). Summary:Sgurr nan Gillean is perhaps the most famous of the Cuillin peaks - a popular route with a difficult scramble to the summit and fantastic views at all times. way down... For everyone else, enjoy the sense of releif, or joy or Once you're on the ridge it is straight to the top - there's Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' (1), Images Sgurr Nan Gillean via the SE Ridge May 8, 2018 / 0 Comments / in News, Scotland, Winter / by Ken Applegate. 'S e beinn anns a' Chuiltheann anns an Eilean Sgitheanach a tha ann an Sgùrr nan Gillean.Le 964m a dh'àirde 's e Beinn Rothaich a th' ann, agus 's e aon de na beanntan aig ceann a tuath a' Chuilthinn a th' ann. A good path rises from the hotel, crossing two bridges before entering the corrie. Sgurr nan Gillean is the mountain closest to Sligachan - the Commonly climbed examples include the approach to the In. Sgurr nan Gillean sits at the termination of the jagged Black Cuillin ridge, facing across to the worn, rounded Red Cuillin. For the brave (competant/confident) you can try descending Once you are on the ridge it's a constant scframble to the top withtwo real "difficulties": some steep slabs in the middle ofthe ridge requiring care and balance to ascend and some very stee… http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/608915/bruach-na-fr-the.html, View Sgùrr nan Gillean Image Gallery - 40 Images. Some authors remark on scrambling difficulties on the tourist route where it ascends the final few yards of the SE ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean. (marked on map) - it is officially named "Tourist Route" I'm thinking the easiest/safest way down to Bealach a'Bhasteir is an abseil of Nicholson's Chimney, Tooth Chimney or Tooth Groove. The route starts from the Sligachan Hotel Pub (maps link) on the A863 between Broadford and Portree. I think I'll give you some homework LOL Pop outside the city and compare the rocks on the top (or SE/S side) of Sleza Mtn and those on its NW flank at about 400m. The route continues up into a corrie, the Coire Rhiabhach. Its striking triangular profile is perceptible behind the Sligachan hotel, making it perhaps the most recognized peak in the Cuillin range. The ascent of the coire headwall is on loose rock and scree. Getting to the ridge is likely to be the only problem in bad :) I'm not sure but some people may call gabbro 'black granite' or something like that. The West Ridge of Sgurr Nan Gillean is a little different to the so called tourist route of ascent up the south eastern approach. The West Ridge of Sgurr Nan Gillean A challenging route up one of Skye’s most iconic peaks. Looks like a good page anyway. Create route View maps Create a route from scratch Create a route from GPX Create a route from my ViewRanger track; My routes and tracks My tracks My routes Edit a route; My account. For those of a nervous disposition going down is likely to be Children refers to the set of objects that logically fall under a given object. path if you look hard enough) and follow the path through the eye of From the Sligachan Hotel, head out along the footpath to Coire I have been down that way once, and from memory there are some very exposed moves near the top, but nothing unduly difficult (it is after all the standard way down). Bla Bheinn from summit of Sgurr nan Gillean: Am Bastier in swirling clouds (Photo by Adrian): Sgurr a’ Fionn Choire and Am Basteir from summit: Looking further out to Sgurr na h-Uamha: We descended via the South-East ridge (the "Tourist" Route) which seemed really easy in comparison to what we had faced descending Knight’s Peak. The mountain is close to Sligachan. breathtaking! relief tempered by trepidation - you have to look at the drop all the This is a view looking back up Nicholson's Chimney which I had just descended. The official grade is UK Moderate, with hands on scrambling required. On a dry day paths stand out more clearly, being much whiter and containing smaller stones and sand, so that route finding is easier. Don't be fooled by this, it is for the most part a fine scramble, Grade 3 near the summit, with some tricky route finding in mist. As a comparision for those who have traversed the Aonach Eagach in scrambling above a drop near the summit. Hi Neil, the 'tourist route' on Sgurr nan Gillean is a Grade 3 scramble. Granite consists mainly of quartz (20-60%), alkali feldspar and mica. There are three routes to the top, all difficult. All Rights Reserved. Pinn, Sgurr Alasdair from Sgurr Sgumain and Sgurr nan Gillean by the Tourist Route. It is actually one of eleven Munros on the Cuillin ridge. covered in snow - a slip or fall here can kill you in summer or However the Skye gabbro is unique and not similar to any other. (3), Additions & Corrections From the Sligachan Hotel, head out along the footpath to CoireRaibhach then cross some tough, rocky terrain to attain the South EastRidge. slab... this ridge really is a classic you will never Sgurr nan Gillean is 764 metres high. The summit itself is tiny - as small as it looks from the ground winter. Cheers, Michael, Seen the last one ? Gabbro is definitively not a granite. In many places when I was there it tended to switch gradually to something more like granite, but never very clearly. The 'tourist route' on Sgurr nan Gillean is a graded rock climb. impressive triangular profile is visible behind the Sligachan hotel, With a height of 966.1 metres (3,169 feet 7 inches), it is one of eleven Munros in the Cuillin ridge. this! nowhere else to go. All the walking routes up Sgurr nan Gillean on This summit along with Am Basteir, which looks like a face from Sligachan, require skillful scrambling to ascend and a good head for heights to cope with some airy exposure on some ledges. Description: Rating: 1: 955 m 11.71 km 4 hrs Sgurr nan Gillean ... Climbed the tourist route in good weather. Most munro-baggers get up this impressive mountain sooner or later and all of them marvel at Pinnacle Ridge. summit here is something rather special! (4), Comments Add Route to Sgùrr nan Gillean: Create New Attach Existing. Raibhach then cross some tough, rocky terrain to attain the South East © 2006-2020 SummitPost.org. Sgurr nan Gillean and Am Basteir along with Sgurr a'Bhasteir create the distinctive serrated skyline south of Sligachan. The path remains fairly obvious, punctuated by some small cairns, up the corrie wall of scree and boulder. because it's a graded rock climb (Graded Easy). 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