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Skye Scrambles: Scottish Mountaineering Club Scramblers' Guide (Scottish Mountaineering Club Guide) [Paperback]

Noel Williams
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1 May 2011 Scottish Mountaineering Club Guide
This is the 2011 fully updated and enlarged, colour edition of the very popular SMC guide "Skye Scrambles", first published in 2000. The guide describes not only scrambles, but also walks and some easier rock climbs. It is the definitive guidebook to scrambling on Skye and as such it is also an essential guide for any hillwalkers wishing to venture into the mountains of The Cuillin. There are informative introductory sections on geology, wildlife and mountaineering history. The guide is profusely illustrated with new colour maps, crag diagrams and photographs. A significant number of new outings are described and many route descriptions have been updated. The guide uses a slightly larger format than the previous guide and is also colour throughout. The traverse of the main ridge of the Cuillin is fully described and new diagrams have been created to show the crucial sections. Skye has far and away the best scrambling in the UK. And this new edition of the guide gives the most comprehensive description so far available of the magnificent scrambles and easy climbs in the Cuillin and many other parts of the island.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Scottish Mountaineering Club; 2nd edition edition (1 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907521991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907521990
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The author, Noel Williams, has been visiting Skye for well over 30 years. He has a passion for the island and has climbed and scrambled extensively in the Cuillin as well as on many of the sea-cliffs. His explorations over many years have been enhanced by his geological background and a strong interest in photography.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Skye scrambles 10 Oct 2011
Brilliant little book. Even if you don't scramble or climb, there are lots of places to visit. Rather off the beaten track things too which is good if you're running out of things to do and you have a day with bad weather.
Good pictures too which show the relevant hill as you would approach it, rather than a birds eye view(only useful to birds!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Guide 17 Sep 2013
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Without question this is the most impressive scrambling guide I have come across, not just for the Cuillin, but for anywhere.

For those who just want to climb, the main section of the guide contains clear and succinct descriptions of two hundred routes, ranging in difficulty from easy scrambles to graded rock climbs, and well supported with topos and carefully selected photographs. This alone would warrant the guide being given four stars by even the most begrudging.

It is the extras that allow Williams' work to stand out from the more mundane: a concise but well-written summary of the Cuillin's geology, wildlife and weather. The obligatory chronology of first ascents; advice on safety and environmental impact; explanation of the grading system used for climbs and a few words about access and accommodation. There is also interesting account of Skye's human history, from the hunter gatherers of Neolithic times to the modern era, through the suppression of Gaelic culture and the Clearances, the civil unrest which led to the Crofters Act of 1886, and the changes of the twentieth century.

Best of all, at the end of the main section of the book there is a chapter devoted specifically to the Main Ridge Traverse: the logistics, main difficulties, alternative routes and possible escapes should things not go to plan. Particularly useful here are the detailed schematic diagrams of four sections notorious for their difficulty in route finding.

The final part of the guide deals with outlying regions on Skye where a good outing might still be had on days when the nearby Cuillins are shrouded in cloud or swept by squalls.

A couple of points Noel in case you read this.
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Excellent little book that seems to be the definitive guide to the Cuillins.

Well written and the route descriptions/grades are accurate.

Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK BUT TOO EXPENSIVE 4 Sep 2013
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This is an excellent book, but after purchase I discovered it on sale £5 cheaper in outdoor shop. "Go Outdoors"
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