A day on the Dubhs

The plan was to tackle 'The Ridge' from Loch Coruisk, using The Dubhs Ridge as a stepping stone - one which seemed more in keeping with the rest of The Cuillin Ridge than the traverse from Gars Bheinn, spectacular as it is. In the event, it proved too tempting as a perfect way to spend an evening before tackling the ridge proper.
Arriving at Loch Slapin after a stormy drive north, the skies cleared to give a grandstand view of Blaven and Clach Glas...
...though it was a dreich morning approaching Loch Coruisk.
Heading into the heart of The Cuillin and the skies began to clear...
...warm sun drying the immaculate slabs of The Dubhs Ridge.
Late in the afternoon we approached via the steep corner that gives access to some 700m of gabbro slabs and a climb that is without comparison.
High above Loch Coruisk and the angle eases...
...though there is plenty of steeper ground to test the coarse gabbro's legendary friction.
A perfect crack line nearing the summit where we sat for some time as the clouds lifted from the ridge above.
Last light above Loch Coruisk, Bidean Druim nan Ramh the conical summit above the loch and the point at which we would descend from the ridge tomorrow, to return via the lonely head of Corrie an Uaigneis, to our camp beneath the Dubhs.