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[TD Gap in the mist, 2 kb]Some consider this the hardest part of the Cuillin traverse, particularly in the wet. From the bottom of the gap, climb the north side via a large block and corner to a break on the left side at 30 feet. Continue straight up, passing a bulge on either side, to easier ground.

Photo: TD Gap in the mist © Romain Sacchettini
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 133 logbooks, and on 7 wishlists.

Hidden - Solo O/S - 24/Jul/14

avinash1981 - 2nd - 07/Jul/14

Rickrick - 28/Jun/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/14

Hidden - Lead - 30/May/14

Jenny Hall - 2nd O/S - 27/May/14 with Louis

csd23 - 2nd - 14/May/14 with Pete hutchings, Tim Miller

farmus21 - Lead - 23/Apr/14 with Sam Radcliffe

As part of the greater traverse
easers - 2nd - 13/Oct/13 with Doug

Martin Davies - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/13 with Mike Elkin

Mike led TD Gap. Janis and I seconded. Quite a grunt with bags on to reach the horizontal break on the left. Good old boots/body jam to stick to crack and reach hold - then haul away!
markusj - 2nd O/S - 08/Sep/13 with Mike Lates, Janis Russell

hard for VD, felt more like HS
Adamski1986 - Lead - 24/Aug/13 with Stewart Webb, John Walker

Brendan - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/13 with Jamie and Andy

wupert - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/13 with Will Cook

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 13/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead - 09/Jul/13

allyrocke - 2nd O/S - 08/Jun/13 with Jonathon de Leyser

JonmapDL - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/13 with Ally Rocke

Freezing cold, couldn't feel fingers, bags were kindly hauled by guys ahead of us. Good body jam to get ledge, that's the crux and after that its straight forward climbing. In situ cam helps.
Andy Hewison - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/13 with Steve T

In trainers on abortive ridge attempt.
Roberttaylor - Lead O/S - Jun/13

Great little pitch.
NeilGriffiths - Lead - 30/May/13 with Dom, Simon Frost, Adam

A Crook - 2nd O/S - 30/May/13 with Simon Frost, Dom Stockton, Neil Griffiths

colinkeb - Lead - 28/May/13 with john presley

Hardest climb to date thanks to climbing with a rucksack on my back and the belay position was lovely too ;)
johnnyhobo - 2nd dog - 28/May/13 with Colin Baker

steve7734 - Lead β - 20/May/13 with Romain Sacchettini

adam clarke - Lead β - 19/May/13 with James Hulme

On a traverse attempt. Felt hard with pack and winter kit on. Dropped an axe.. ending the traverse plan.
Ollie B - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/13 with T.Ripley

Soaked! Water running down it. Proper old boot jamming. Probably V Diff if used to the style, though for rock climbers used to modern gear I'd say a fair S/HS
cbeard - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/12 with Chris Stafford

musgravet - Solo O/S - 26/Aug/12 with Olly P

Hidden - Solo - 26/Aug/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/12

Julian Prieto - 2nd O/S - 12/Jul/12 with Andrew Turner, Alan Turner, Ian Clifford

Hidden - Lead rpt - 01/Jul/12

As part of ridge traverse. Wet and slimy, but didn't feel too hard. Probably feels a lot worse with a bag on - we hauled ours.
Clay C - 2nd O/S - 01/Jul/12 with Dave

Slippy, Wet, Polished. Harder than V.Diff. Body Jams are good!
ClimbingGlen - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/12

jandyd05 - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/12 with Jason Greaves

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/May/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/May/12

radioshed - 2nd O/S - 21/May/12 with dave s

David Stevens - AltLd - 21/May/12 with Matt Craig

Hidden - Lead - 02/Apr/12

terrymccall - 2nd O/S - 25/Aug/11 with steven mccall

As part of a failed attempt at the ridge, or if you want another view - a part traverse of the ridge - 3rd part to follow. Quite tricky for VDiff!
Rampikino - Lead - 23/Aug/11 with Cat

smcw - 27/Jul/11 with rmc

This is definitely Severe and quite tough at that, probably should be HS 4a or even 4b. My partner did not enjoy or complete it. One star for the challenge!
Duncan Beard - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead - 21/Jul/11

nick ferro - 2nd O/S - 21/Jul/11 with toolboxtim

peter.ravenscroft27 - Jul/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/May/11

Dan_Staff - 2nd - 27/Apr/11 with Oliver Mentz, Darrell Read

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 26/Apr/11

Darrell Read - 2nd - 26/Apr/11 with Jon Rogerson, Dan Staff, Oliver Mentz, Simon Hall

Hidden - Lead - 26/Apr/11

Agree with HS in the dry. Quite exciting
manwithacam - 25/Apr/11 with Sarah

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/11

mikelaing - Lead - Sep/10 with Dan Priddy, Al Wedge, Mike Jarmain, Paul Kelsall, Sally Wrigley

Hidden - 15/Aug/10

Was struggling to pull up to horizontal break when someone dropped a screwgate on the end of a rope. There is a god!
cas smerdon - TR - 15/Aug/10 with Mark S

mark stansfield - TR - 15/Aug/10 with Carole

tallthinmonkey - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/10 with Josh Plant

Lead in big boots on an attempt of the full traverse.
Smelly Fox - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/10 with Andy MacPherson, Gus MacPherson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/10

R_W_M - 2nd - 20/Jun/10 with Eleri

johannes - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/10

mikemartin - Solo - 18/Jun/10

Will Hunt - Lead rpt - 10/Jun/10 with Matt Ringrose

matt_ringrose - 08/Jun/10 with Will Hunt

JdotP - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/10 with Tom HS

THardSevere - 2nd O/S - 06/Jun/10 with john proctor

Liam Martin - Lead O/S - 31/May/10 with Gary Brumwell

gazb - 2nd - 31/May/10 with Liam Martin

Wet conditions and walking boots made for a pretty nervy time on this one.
guyscott - 2nd O/S - 29/May/10 with Klas

Arrived late after some good long scrambling. It started snowing. Had a good look but didn't even try!
andyfeds - 2nd dnf - 26/May/10 with Pierre

Hidden - 2nd - Apr/10

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/09

StuDoig - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/09 with Dave Gilland

MaxR - 2nd O/S - 09/Jul/09 with Toby

feckin' scary!!
tobyk - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/09 with Max Rayner

Down and up
vvanhinsbergh - Solo O/S - 24/Jun/09

Hidden - Lead - 10/Jun/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Jun/09

tomhull - Lead - 01/Jun/09

Fergus Cuthill - Lead O/S - Jun/09 with CalumC

Hidden - Lead - 17/May/09

Hidden - Lead - 06/Aug/08

Hidden - Lead - 08/Jul/08

DavPk - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/08 with Catherine Pearks

Found it a bit tricky for a v diff.
mikemartin - Lead - Jul/08

jack_eadie - 2nd - Jul/08

A good route which looked unlikely at the grade prior to the abseil into the gap but once at its base seemed a lot less challenging. Holds smooth but gear good.
kdlauder - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/08 with Andy H

Not as awful as it looked from below. Climbed with boots and backpack, thus ligitimising the use of a runner for a hand swap.
size9hex - Lead O/S - Jun/08 with Tom Evans

Will Hunt - 2nd O/S - 30/May/08 with Jamie Goodwin

Hidden - 2nd - 24/May/08

Mike Turner - Lead O/S - 11/May/08 with Keith Fisher

Hidden - Lead - 05/Aug/07

HIGHTOWER - Lead rpt - 14/Jul/07 with Rusty, Chris Fawcett

Hidden - 2nd - Jul/07

smooth as a polished table- reach in the crack for holds
default_slipper - 2nd O/S - 10/Jun/07 with tom sparkes

sparkoclimb - Lead - Jun/07 with Pattinson

GiveHerHelen - 2nd dog - 28/May/07 with Jon Moulding

Part of traverse
Captain Solo - Solo rpt - 04/May/07

very polished!!!
AndyL - 2nd - May/07 with dad

Hidden - 2nd - 07/Apr/07

HIGHTOWER - 2nd - Sep/06 with Ben C

I would give this pitch VS5a.
Andrew Sloan - Lead rpt - 16/Jul/06 with Steve Grove

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/06

steven - Lead - May/06 with Rob Hunt

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/May/05

Jonny M - Lead O/S - May/05 with Phil Whitehurst

Captain Solo - Lead - 25/Jun/04 with Karen

In the rain, getting dark, in big boots....shitting myself!
Zoomer - Lead - 22/Jun/04 with Hiedi Sparks

Hidden - Lead - Jun/04

JRClay100 - Lead O/S - 24/May/04 with D Haigh

JRClay100 - Lead O/S - 24/May/04 with D Haigh

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/May/04

Hidden - 2nd - 07/Jun/02

rlrs - 2nd - 2002

At least S, maybe harder!
Paula Hamilton-Gibson - Solo - May/01

Hidden - May/00

fuck hard in the blizzard conditions.
The Pylon King - 2nd O/S - 2000 with Keith

butteredfrog - 1998

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/Aug/97

Richard Weller - May/94 with David Gaskell

Gordon Stainforth - 2nd - 23/Sep/93 with Bill Kemball

99bolivar - Lead O/S - May/92 with Nick Sutton

Pete Pozman - AltLd O/S - Jun/89 with Sue Hartley, John Byrne

Climbed during recce for Cuillin ridge attempt, and during the failed attempt that followed...
petemeads - Sep/87

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/84

John Brayshaw - 2nd O/S - Aug/81 with Shaun

Wonderful sunny Skye day.
John Stenhouse - AltLd - Apr/74 with Charlie Stenhouse

Derek Ryden - Lead O/S - Jul/73 with Colin Morrison

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
peter_ellwood, Richardlake, Adamski1986, ianbowles, Boulderdash86, evanofthefell, Gibson

Voting
Total votes cast 51
hard HVD3 of 27
HVD3 of 27
easy HVD16 of 27
hard VD2 of 27
VD2 of 27
easy VD1 of 27
hard HD0 of 27
HD0 of 27
easy HD0 of 27
3 Stars2 of 24
2 Stars3 of 24
1 Star12 of 24
0 Stars7 of 24
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Style of ascent

Soloed7 of 133 (5.3%)
Lead68 of 133 (51.1%)
Followed41 of 133 (30.8%)
Toproped2 of 133 (1.5%)
Alt Leads4 of 133 (3.0%)
Unknown11 of 133 (8.3%)

'Climbed'59 of 133 (44.4%)
clean O/S64 of 133 (48.1%)
clean β2 of 133 (1.5%)
clean rpt5 of 133 (3.8%)
dogged2 of 133 (1.5%)
dnf1 of 133 (0.8%)