/ routes on skye?
Later this winter I'm off to Scotland, and conditions permitting I would love to get over to Skye for a bit of winter climbing.Has anyone got any specific recommendations for routes at grade I to IV so that I can get a few ideas before splashing out on a new guidebook?.
Obviously the whole ridge traverse is the (very unlikely)dream, but apart from that and pinnacle ridge on sgurr nan gillean I don't know many other winter routes in that area. I'm especially interested in long mountaineering style routes across the lower grades. Thanks.
I'd second getting the new guidebook. It's worth it for summer and winter ideas in the future even if you don't get much done there this season (but obviously you will as "apparently" it's going to be the coldest winter in 100 years). I find myself reading it pretty often although I do quite like Skye!
As for recommendations, I've only done a few things there in winter so far. Pinnacle Ridge is quite simply one of the best winter mountaineering routes I've done. We did it in deep powder which the guidebook says "can render the climb impossible" but seemed ok on the day. Fox's Rake on Sgurr a'Mhadaidh is also good. We did it with powder on the first two-thirds and old snow and ice at the end. The winter description suggests staying closer to the sidewall than in the summer but we couldn't do this as there wasn't enough snow or ice. However it was still a very fine outing.
Cheers everyone, looks like I'm going to save up and get the guidebook. Yeah, I know Skye has always been classed as notoriously fickle, but with the advent of the internet it seems as though there is stuff in more often than I previously thought if you can get up there.
The fickle nature of conditions is now seen as an attribute that brings mixed routes into condition very rapidly. Having focussed on mixed climbing in the article, ironically, last winter saw some good ice routes form and we now have a situation where these are reforming & even the Traverse is looking likely. Overall the message is get up there & explore & you wont be disappointed.
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