Sandy Paterson Mountaineering

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Friday 20 May 2011

Tuesday 17th - Bidein Druim nan Ramh

Heading up The Spur on Sgurr an Fheadain

The team below the 3 tops of Bidein Druim nan Ramh

Mick and Stu on the central summit of Bidein with Loch Coruisk behind

Rob, Gez and Martin leaving the central summit of Bidein

The forecast for day 2 was for it to be breeze in the morning but dry and then things going a little wrong in the afternoon. So with a slightly earlier start we headed into the ridge via the Fairy Pools in Glen Brittle and up The Spur (Grade 2) on Sgurr an Fheadain. This give a great approach as you get the most possible scrambling in as the route starts low down. Once on the main ridge we traverse the 3 tops of Bidein Druim nan Ramh, this involves some tricky scrambling and a few abseils in some exposed positions but the weather stayed dry for us on this section. After this is was back to grade 2/3 scrambling with a traverse of An Caisteal and its two gaps to jump (or scramble around!) and another abseil into the gap between An Caisteal and Bruach na Frithe. At this stage it started to rain a little but we still managed to make it to the top of Bruach na Frithe and started off down the North West ridge before the heavens really opened! It was fairly wild on the way down the ridge and back to the car but we still made good time.

A classic day with lots of technical mountaineering terrain covered, just what the Cuillin is best for.

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