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Climbers warned over Skye mountain route

Posted 28 June 2011
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Climbers warned over Skye mountain route
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Those heading to the Black Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye with their climbing gear have been warned to avoid a location hit by a recent fatal rockfall.

Skye Mountain Rescue Team said the Cioch Direct route on Sron na Ciche is unsafe following the incident in May, which killed one person and injured two others.

It warned: "Any climbers intending to attempt the route in the near future should be aware that there will be considerable rockfall danger from the remaining debris."

Those putting on their climbing shoes for an adventure on the island may wish to try some different routes instead.

Made from grippy volcanic gabbro rock, the Black Cuillin ridge contains 11 of Skye's 12 Munros, which are famous for their exposed ridges and challenging ascents.

The highest of these is the 3,235 ft Inaccessible Pinnacle, the only one of Scotland's 283 Munros that requires a climbing rope to get to the top.