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27 May 2007: Acheninver Pinnacle, Coigach Multi-pitch rock Spring 2007
With a long weekend of mountain routes planned, the weather put a bit of a sizeable spanner in the works. Nick and I watched the hail stones bouncing off the ground in Inverness for a while on Saturday before heading west to enjoy a pleasant, but chilly evening near Reiff. The temperature and wind played a part in our route choice for Sunday, and we headed for the slightly obscure, but relatively low lying Acheninver Pinnacle on the south side of Sgurr an Fhidhleir.


For starters, it's not a pinnacle, which you can see from the photo's. Slightly perplexed by the route description, we just set off by the easiest way. There was the odd point that things seemed to bear some resemblance to the route description, but it wasn't much of an issue. It was chilly in the wind, but belays were taken in sunny sheltered spots on the east side of the ridge. This tactic probably accounted for the large number of short pitches, as any decent sheltered spot was used! The route was OK, with some good short sections of climbing, and a couple of awkward bits, but it fitted the day perfectly.

We gambled on Monday staying fine in the west, and it did, so we had an enjoyable day on some low grade, but steep routes at the "Sea Cliff" area of Reiff. Facing south, it was well sheltered from the cold northerly wind. In the end, we did alright, as it was peeing down before we even got to the Stac Pollaidh car park!

Nick on the walk in. The 'pinnacle' is the ridge almost directly above him.
Climbing the
Nick climbing the 'wide crack' mentioned in the description (we think).  It's actually the right hand one of two wide cracks.
Nick setting off for the groove between the 'easy chimney' and 'harder crack'.  The 'harder crack' looked excellent, but we guestimated VS ish.  We were having more than enough excitement on a VDiff today to contemplate that.
Nick hauling up the last of the difficulties.  I threaded a solidly wedged chockstone with a sling when I was leading it.  I then happened to tap it slightly differently when moving up.  Turns out the stone wasnt that solidly wedged in place, but it is now, about a foot lower :o)
View to the Fannichs and An Teallach (just right of the cairn) from the top of Cairn Conmheall, above the top of the route.
The Coigach hills from Achnahaird campsite in the evening.
An Teallach and the Fisherfield hills from Achnahaird campsite in the evening.
On Monday the 28th at the Sea Cliff at Reiff.  Obviously I cannot help the name of the route but it gives me the opportunity to say: Nick enjoying 'Sea Phylis' at Reiff.
Nick on the remarkably steep 'Sea Weed' (for a VDiff anyway!)
Nick grabbing a last minute scramble before we had to head back.
The hills of Coigach on Monday afternoon - we timed it well.  Even better than that, not a midge all weekend :o)
05 May 2007: The Message, Coire an t-Sneachda Multi-pitch rock Spring 2007
28 April 2007: The Dubh Slabs, Skye Multi-pitch rock Spring 2007
14 April 2007: Cairn Toul Skiing Spring 2007
08 April 2007: Bheinn a'Bhuird Skiing Spring 2007
04 April 2007: Back Corries, Aonach Mor Skiing Spring 2007
01 April 2007: Skiing, Ben Macdui Skiing Spring 2007
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