New Skye Guidebook, reviewed here. 25th October 2011

The long awaited guidebook arrived on my table, direct from the author himself. Congratulations to Mike Lates for getting all the work done.
Since I havn’t posted a blog for some time I thought this would be a good time to review the book and get back into the blog at the same time.
(on another subject, the last post about my photo being shortlisted – I didn’t win)

Anyway back to the book. I have read through the book and the layout works well, Sligachan and the northern Cuillin are covered first, heading down into Glen Brittle corrie by corrie. The photo-diagrams are nice and clear and give a better insight to where the routes might be, I have included a photo below. If you thought you knew all the routes then think again, there are loads of obscure (ish) routes that are begging to be explored and climbed and I think I will set my sights on getting into the Coruisk side of things, summer and Winter.
Interesting in the History chapter, to me, was the well known B&W photograph of Waterpipe gully – The photographer (Ashley Abraham) had got himself set up to photograph Henry Harland and Alfred Binns. A great photograph and pretty scary to look at as the leader appears to be holding the rope in his hands! Anyway the photographer had taken the picture when the camera fell over, Ashley lunged for his precious equipment and was left hanging, fortunately having tied himself on.
An amazing fact – A winter ascent of Cioch Direct in 1974 – sure to raise a few eyebrows.
Photos – Fittingly the Bastier Tooth is on the front cover, very iconic. Lots of photos spread throughout the book, showing the nature of climbing in the Cuillin. Some of note – Dan Arkle’s picture of the Dubh Gap, Dave Macleod on ‘The Gathering’, A grinning Ruaraidh Campbell on Pinnacle Ridge. My Favorite Summer and Winter Pictures are Dave Birkett on ‘Skye Wall’ by Alasdair Lee, and Mike hiself on Gingini Chimney.
For the rest youll have to buy a book and see for yourselves…. You can get in touch with Mike in the link above or Right.

On another note the Big Stone Country book is taking some sort of lurch forward. But more pictures are needed – please see the webpages.

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