Hills: Am Bastier & Bruach na Frithe
Date: Wednesday 4th June 2008
Company: Myself, Colin, Alex, Malcolm & Duncan
Time: 9 hrs
An early morning start saw us depart from the Sligachan Hotel heading for Coire a’Bhastier.
Crossing the Allt Dearg Mor:
Northern Cuillin Munros from the Allt Dearg Beag:
During the walk in we got fine views of Am Bastier, our first intended Munro of the day.
Am Bastier (zoom):
We ascended scree just below the pinnacles of Pinnacle Ridge skirting round towards Bealach a’Bhastier.
Colin below Bealach a’ Bhastier:
Am Bastier from Bealach a’ Bhastier:
West Ridge of Sgurr nan Gillean from Bealach a’ Bhastier:
Central Cuillin from Bealach a’ Bhastier:
After getting geared up for the Bad Step abseil, Colin, Malcolm and I ascended the crest of Am Bastier.
Myself ascending Am Bastier:
On reaching the Bad Step, after setting up the rope, we descended leaving the rope in place
to then complete the scramble to the summit.
Malcolm getting lowered down the Bad Step of Am Bastier:
Myself lowering Malcolm then Colin down the Bad Step:
Myself, Colin and Malcolm at summit of Am Bastier:
On returning to the Bad Step we climbed back up to retrieve the gear and then continued the descent back via the ledges above the Lota Corrie to Bealach a’Bhastier.
Myself climbing up the Bad Step:
All five of us then skirted round below the North Wall of Am Bastier regaining the ridge at Bealach nan Lice.
Bhastier Tooth from Bealach nan Lice:
Climbers on the Bhastier Tooth:
From Bealach nan Lice we skirted Sgurr a’ Fionn Choire and followed the path to the summit of Bruach na Frithe.
View North from Bruach na Frithe:
Group photo at summit of Bruach na Frithe:
We then reversed the route back to Bealach nan Lice and followed the obvious footpath through the screes down into the grassy Fionn Choire and back out to Sligachan.
Descending from Bealach nan Lice:
Looking back up Fionn Choire:
Pinnacle Ridge from Allt Dearg Mor path:
A successful week thus far with another fine day spent on the Cuillin.