All too soon the technicalities start with the scramble up to a steep sided cleft which bisects the ridge. Known as the T-D Gap, it must be crossed if one is to continue. This has is only graded Severe but it can be a real struggle up a wide, polished crack especially with a backpack. Looking up at the climb from below gives a good impression of how tough it can be. Strictly speaking the ridge bypasses the highest peak on Skye, Sgurr Alasdair, but it is well worth the few minutes it takes to scale it. It’s a spectacular place to be especially as the sun sets.
Left: A climber at the top of the exit from the gap. Prior to this the pair had abseiled down the wall behind before making the 20m climb.
What’s the challenge?
● 12 kilometres of ridge with about 3000 metres of ascent.
● Technical rock climbing pitches graded up to Severe
● Multiple abseils
● Lots of scrambling and walking.
● That’s just the ridge itself but the approach can involve up to another 7 Km and 900m of ascent and the descent and walk out is a similar effort
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