Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Monday, 28 March 2011

27-05-11, Isle of Skye - Rock Climbing

Red Cuillin from Suidhe Biorach.

Myself and Kathryn have spent the last couple of days rock climbing on the Isle of Skye. No midges this time of year but we did have a fair good old British mix of weather, everything from thick wet rain to glorious warm sunshine! Yesterday the main mountain area was very wet, but the southern peninsula with Suidhe Biorach was glorious. We climbed a few routes on this great 30m sea cliff, Jurassic Quartz Sandstone, very grippy and solid. Photos - Right, 'the Cenotaph Corner of Skye' Jamie Jampot VS, 4c and Below, Hairy Mary. Today we travelled to the west of the island to Neist point. More great Cragging, at the Financial Sector, this time Dolerite. Very good quality climbing and great looking lines, very much like Fairhead in Northern Ireland. More 3 star routes like Bridging Interest (photo below) and Venture Capital. Slightly more drizzle and overcast today, Snow only here in patches high up.
Bridging Interest, HVS 5a. 3 star and well worthy!
Neist Point at sunset.

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