/ Cuillin Traverse for the more mature climber!!
I will then be 67 years old. I would like to hear from fellow sexagenarians who have done it and would appreciate any info and training tips.
I heard last week, about a pair aged 64 and 70 who did it with a bivvy, during the great weather earlier this year, without any dramas
They are both active and out regularly.
If you get good weather, do it in 3 days. More relazing, you don't need much more kit and the water is more convenient.
And by the way, I am a sexagenarian.
Can't say really, as I'm only a fifty-genarian ;), but I'm planning to have a crack next weekend, and am reet excited about it. It's been a long time between first being over-awed by the ridge, to getting to a place where I am relishing it.
I'll let you know how we get on.
That's how I was suggesting. Except I would start slightly earlier and do the TD gap in the evening. It's hard getting out of bed in the cold, maybe damp and trying the TD gap, unless you've a grade in hand. Having done it in the evening and abbed back down into to get back to Coire Ghrunnda, then you can go the easy way up Alastair in the morning and not miss out anything. And see how far you get - Fionn Coire is good. More water and a short day to finish. You can even get home that night if you live in Scotland.
I agree on the TD gap timing. Not only were my hands so cold I couldn't feel them but we also had to queue a while. I did get to realise in an unexpected way that the new proposed grade of HS 4b is bunkum as I certainly can't onsight that hard with approach shoes and numb fingers.
Wainrights & climbing suggests a few test days learning key sections will break you in; Cuillin is a shock to most 1st time visitors no matter what they've done before.
The only other real rule of thumb is don't even consider a Traverse in poor visibility; scary place to be wandering aimlessly with a big pack. Lower expectations & enjoy the adventure if weather isn't ideal. Give yourself 4 weeks on the project and you should have made your own luck.
Almost missed your point on fell running fitness. On our single day traverse (no bivi) we were unfit running wise as we had various injuries (knee etc). We were only climbing fit from doing lots of high volume days on easy grit routes. We cut weight of kit to minimise effort and avoid aggravating the 'tweeks'. In the end some loose scrambling exposed descents were the scariest part for us and I was certainly glad not to be carrying more in my rucksack on such terrain: pretty much soloing the pitches onsight in approach shoes was much less worrying!
You can always leave it to the morning and see whether you feel like it. It's still a traverse if you miss it out.
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