• The Black Cuillin, Isle of Skye

    There are moments when anticipation becomes almost physical: the increased rate of breathing and pulse, the widening of the eyes and the dropping f the jaw. The Black Cuillin has this effect on the climber and walker. To gaze upon the upsurge from the foot of this great mass either from Sligachan or Glen Brittle, causes the eyes to move upwards to a swirling cloud base or a high, jagged, notched ridge that beckons with a strange mesmeric pull.

    Routes are invariably across grassy moorland that comes to an abrupt end in favour of bare rock - sharp and broken. Gabbro dominates, which gives excellent grip even in the wet, though volcanic intrusions of basalt catch out the walker - slippery when wet!

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