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Sgurr Mhic Choinnich and Sgurr Dearg - The Inaccessible Pinnacle

5.8 miles, 1386 metres of ascent
Estimated time: 4h15m
Everyone comes to Skye to climb up Sgurr Dearg, or The Inaccessible Pinnacle as it is usually known. The Innaccessible Pinnacle sits very dramatically as a whale-back ridge just about rising above Sgurr Dearg. The Innaccessible Pinnacle was hit by lightning in Spring 2007, making it a foot or so lower, at some point maybe Sgurr Dearg will be the higher point. The Innaccessible Pinnacle attracts a lot of crowds, avoid at weekends if possible. The climbing up the East ridge is graded moderate, and is usually done in two pitches; there is a belay point about halfway up, the easiest way to come down is to abseil off the steep West side. There are plenty of foot and hand-holds up, take your time, and you shouldn't have too many problems getting up. What sets the Inaccessible Pinnacle apart though is the exposure, the ridge is very narrow!
There are a couple of ways up, some easy scrambling on the way to get you warmed up. Start from Glen Brittle hut and follow the obvious footpath up, you can either stay low and head up Coire na Banachdich, or you can go up the nose of the ridge directly to Sgurr Dearg, the way is fairly obvious either way. Once you reach the summit of Sgurr Dearg, you will be able to see across to the Inaccessible Pinnacle rising slightly above your current point. If you are a confident scrambler, there is an argument to coming up here in rain, you won't have to queue to get your turn, and you won't be aware of the exposure! The rock is Basalt though and is very slippery when wet, take care!
Continue South-East along the ridge, avoid the buttress of An Stac to reach the summit of Sgurr Mhic Choinnich. There is some easy scrambling to get across to Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, a lot of it involves walking on Basalt slabs, take care in the wet as there is some exposure involved here as well!
Return along the ridge the same way as you came until you get back to the Bealach between Sgurr Mhic Choinnich and Sgurr Dearg, there is a patch of scree to descend here to get down to Coire Lagan, it isn't very nice but it gets you down. Once down in Coire Lagan there is a well-defined path that takes you back to the Glen Brittle hut, make sure you take the right path though!
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