Whiteburn's Wanderings

One man's wanderings backpacking around Scotland plus the odd digression

Rum

I was struggling, the 750m climb up to Sgurr nan Gillean first thing on a morning, well 9am, with a stinking hangover isn’t to be recommended.

A buddy & I had taken his boat across to Dibidil Bothy on Rum the night before with the target of completing the Cuillin Ridge.  Having access to a boat did eliminate the long & boggy approach to the bothy & make it easy to take in a few logs & an oversupply of alcohol.

Dibidil

First time I’ve visited this bothy & it’s a little gem, not much dry ground around to pitch a tent but I don’t suppose the bothy ever gets that crowded.  It’s got a fine view across the sound to Eigg which helped the Merlot go down.

Eigg

I reached the clag enveloped summit of Sgurr nan Gillean with the head pounding, never again!  Too damp & chilly to hang around for long, ½ a snicker bar, a gulp of water & it was off through the clag towards Ainshval.

Clag……Clag……Clag…..Clag

We took a wrong turning coming down off Ainshval which cost us an extra ½ hr stumbling around in the mist but by the time we got to Bealach an Oir the cloud had lifted so that we could spy out the route up to Askival whilst enjoying lunch; well I say lunch all I could manage was a dry buttery.

Askival

Cloud descended about the summit as we made our way up but it least we’d managed to spy out a route south before we lost the vis.

The route over Beinn nan Stac provided a pleasant dawdle back down to the bothy approach track, even the hangover had disappeared.

Ask&Stac

Apart from the self inflicted pain the day turned out to be very enjoyable with lots of interesting ground traversed, all that was left to do was load the boat & then endure a bumpy 1hr ride at 25 knots back to civilisation.

Rum map

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2 comments on “Rum

  1. Kirsten
    July 3, 2015

    What a great way to do the Rum Cuillin! Pity about the Merlot but your honesty is appreciated.

    • Paul Atkinson
      July 3, 2015

      Definitely saved a lot of messing with ferries, etc. just don’t take a 4L box of Merlot & a big mug!

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