Arguably the most iconic landmark on the Cuillin Ridge is the Inaccessible Pinnacle which forms the true summit of the Skye Munro; Sgùrr Dearg. Often referred to as the In Pinn this fin of rock measures approximately 60 meters at its longest edge and is officially the only Scottish Munro that requires technical rock climbing.
The summit of the Inaccessible Pinnacle can be the biggest hurdle in a Munro bagger’s career and overcoming the exposure on this narrow piece of rock might well be the highlight of their journey. Whilst the climb is certainly a little intimidating the holds are large and your guide knows every one of them like the back of their hand. Our Skye guides have spent many years climbing the In Pinn in every weather you can imagine. Take advantage of their experience and join Synergy Guides for your ascent of Scotlands hardest Munro.
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Ratios for climbing the Inaccessible Pinnacle will depend on group ability and aspirations. Four people can safely be guided by one of our team however, the approach and descent routes will be via a path with very little technical scrambling. With this in mind if participants aspire to climb further mountains along the Cuillin Ridge following an ascent of the In Pinn then a lower ratio per guide is advised. If you have a bigger team requiring an aditional mountain guide, get in touch. We believe we are very competitive on price.
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A guided ascent of the Inaccessible Pinnacle
As your ascent of the In Pinn approaches your guide will be in contact to discuss any final arrangements and discuss the prevailing weather forecast. At which point you can agree to a suitable time to meet on the morning of your booking and inform them of any kit requirements you might have.
0830 – You will be collected from your accommodation if it is within a few miles of Glenbrittle. Alternatively, you will meet your guide at the climbers’ memorial Hut in Glenbrittle or at the Sligachan Hotel.
0845 – Once any equipment has been allocated you will gradually make your way up the mountain towards the Inaccessible Pinnacle. Reaching the foot of the climb can be achieved many ways such as a scramble up the West Ridge of Sgùrr Dearg, via the long and steep path of Coire na Banachdich or using an approach rock climb in Coire Lagan. Any of these options can take up to 3 hours depending on weather conditions and fitness.
1130 – Your guide will discuss and assess the best way to climb the In Pinn. Most likely this will be via the sensationally exposed East Ridge which can be split into sections to keep everyone close together. Having climbed to the top of the most inaccessible mountain summit in the UK a short but steep abseil gets us back to the ground. Following this, your guide will decide if there is time to climb a further Skye Munro such as Sgùrr na Banachdaich or Sgùrr MhicChoinnich.
1430 – Descent from the Inaccessible Pinnacle is rocky and steep and almost all have loose boulders and scree to negotiate. Follow the advice of your guide – you have paid for it after all! It is often the trickiest part of the day so it’s imperative we leave enough time and energy to get down safely.
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