For many Munro walkers the Cuillin of Skye make up the biggest challenge. Jim has been picking them off one by one and we added a couple more to the list over the last couple of days. Yesterday the weather was dry, cool and calm so we went up Am Basteir. The walk in was next to the Basteir Gorge into the coire and up to the col between Sgurr nan Gillean and Am Basteir. On the col it was so calm there were one or two midges out!
The ridge up Am Basteir has the notorious Bad Step. On the way up the step is descended which is most often done with a little assistance from a rope. The summit gave us superb views over the Cuillin and the rest of the hills right across Scotland it seemed. Ben Nevis stood out with its cover of snow but there is little now on the Cuillin. Climbing back up the Bad Step is tricky but short lived thankfully!
Today by contrast was wet and windy with almost no view at all. We had hoped to reach Sgurr Alasdair before the rain came in but the mist was very wet in the morning so we got soaked anyway. We went in to Coire Laggan and up the Great Stone Shoot which is a test of perseverance at the best of times. In the wind and wet mist we did wonder what we were doing there once or twice!
We made the summit in good time though and stayed only briefly to get a photo before retreating back down the shoot. This is much easier in descent! Two more tricky Munros to add to the list for Jim and not many more to go to complete the set.