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Skye mountain wall project praised

Posted 21 June 2012
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Skye mountain wall project praised
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A project to create a drystone wall around the gateway to a famous mountain range on Skye has been praised by conservation body the John Muir Trust.

Students from Portree High School were given certificates by the John Muir Trust for their work on the drystone wall at Sliagachan, the gateway to the Black Cuillin Range.

Head of land and science at the Trust Mike Daniels said: "It's fantastic to see local children getting involved in this project which combines learning rural skills, enhancing their local environment and celebrating wild land and the people who loved it."

The wall may be seen by thousands heading with their walking boots and often climbing ropes for the Cuillin, which contains 11 of the 12 Munros on the island.

Ropes are not needed on any of the other Munros, but Skye's highest peak, Sgurr Dearg, is also known as the Inaccessible Pinnacle - and not without reason. A narrow ridge shaped like a shark's fin juts above the main body of the mountain and while Sir Hugh Munro's original list did not count the pinnacle as the Munro but rather the subsidiary top, the fact it is its the highest point on the peak at 3,235 ft.

With lots of exposure and a need to use ropes, the Inaccessible Pinnacle is the Munro that is most likely to strike fear into the hearts of those not used to climbing. For people who love to get their climbing shoes on, of course, the situation is very different.

Having reached the summit, climbers will then abseil off the pinnacle. This will compete the most difficult of a very tough ridge with extensive, alpine-style scrambling needed to reach the tops of several of the Cuillin.

Other Munros in the range include Am Basteir, Sgurr a' Mhadaidh and Sgurr nan Gillean.

Suffice to say, Munroists who have completed this ridge or any of its peaks will have many stories to tell when they pass through that wall on the way back to Sliagachan.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801390000-ADNFCR