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Minginish and the Cuillin Hills Area , Skye Subarea
Feature count in area: 74, all in ,
Highest Place: Sgurr Alasdair 992m

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Summits & other features in area Minginish and the Cuillin Hills:
Skye: Am Basteir 934m, Am Mam 407m, An Caisteal 830m, An Coileach 673m, An Cruachan 435m, An Stac 528m, Arnaval 369m, Beinn a'Bhraghad 461m, Beinn Bhreac 448m, Beinn Dearg Mheadhonach 651m, Beinn Dearg Mhor 731m, Beinn na Gaoithe 401m, Beinn nan Dubh-lochan 253m, Beinn Staic 412m, Belig 702m, Ben Meabost 345m, Bhasteir Tooth [Basteir Tooth] 917.2m, Bidein Druim nan Ramh 869m, Bidein Druim nan Ramh North Top 852m, Biod Mor 384m, Bla Bheinn SW Top 926m, Bla Bheinn [Blabheinn] [Blaven] 929m, Bruach na Frithe 958m, Caisteal a'Garbh-Choire 829.7m, Ciche na Beinne Deirge 509m, Clach Glas 786m, Druim Eadar Da Choire 489m, Druim nan Ramh 500m, Garbh-bheinn 808m, Gars-bheinn 894.2m, Glamaig - Sgurr Mhairi 775m, Glas Bheinn Mhor 569m, Knight's Peak 914.2m, Marsco 736m, Meall a'Mhaoil 284m, Nead an Fhior-eoin [An Carnach] 334m, Ruadh Stac 493m, Sgurr a'Bhasteir 900.1m, Sgurr a'Choire Bhig 876.9m, Sgurr a'Fionn Choire 936m, Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh 973m, Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh South Top 970m, Sgurr a'Mhadaidh 918m, Sgurr a'Mhadaidh East Top 894m, Sgurr a'Mhadaidh Far East Top 895.7m, Sgurr Alasdair 992m, Sgurr an Fheadain 689.2m, Sgurr Beag 764m, Sgurr Dearg - Cairn 978m, Sgurr Dearg - Inaccessible Pinnacle 986m, Sgurr Dubh an Da Bheinn [Sgurr Dubh na Da Bheinn] 938m, Sgurr Dubh Beag 733m, Sgurr Dubh Mor 944m, Sgurr Hain 420m, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich 948m, Sgurr na Banachdich 965m, Sgurr na Banachdich Central Top 942m, Sgurr na h-Uamha 736m, Sgurr na Stri 495m, Sgurr nan Each 720m, Sgurr nan Each East Top 623m, Sgurr nan Eag 926.2m, Sgurr nan Gillean 964m, Sgurr nan Gillean Third Pinnacle 879m, Sgurr Sgumain 947m, Sgurr Thearlaich 978m, Sgurr Thormaid 926m, Sgurr Thuilm 881m, Slat Bheinn 624m, Stob Coir' a'Ghrunnda 720m, Stockval 416m, The Prow 739m, Truagh Mheall 412m
Soay (Skye): Beinn Bhreac (Soay) 141m

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Sgurr Dearg - Inaccessible Pinnacle, 986m Mountain
Place Rating ..
, in British over 600m, British Marilyn, Munro Lists
Grid Reference NG44404 21566, OS 1:50k mapsheet 32
Place visited by: 28 members, recently by: maoris, rhw, OutdoorBill, Aongus, Lauranna, annem, nordicstar, Grumbler, Niamhq, bolton12, gerrybowes, bryanjbarry, DeltaP, IainT, Wildcat
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Longitude: -6.234819, Latitude: 57.21327, Easting: 144404, Northing: 821566, Prominence: 187m,  Isolation: 0km
ITM: 706633 1164704

  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: SgrDrg, 10 char: SgrDrgIncs

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In Pinn
by jackill 14 Oct 2013
The Inaccessible Pinnacle in the Black Cuillins.If you spend time in the hills, and I suspect some people who visit MountainViews just might, these names alone must draw you in. I had a day walking on Skye and of all the places I wanted to see this was at the top of the list. I was blessed with the weather, a stiff breeze being the worst thing I encountered, whereas the locals had spoken of rain since the previous Christmas. Starting from Glenbrittle and winding slowly up a grassy slope the first thing that surprised me was a huge crack in the earth with a water fall gushing downwards. Ascending further the grassy terrain gave way to a tortured crucible of rock and a steep rough climb to the ridge of the Black Cuilinns near Scurr Dearg.
During the Paleocene to Early Eocene Skye formed one of the main volcanic centres of the North Atlantic.Due to plate movement this area is now located under Iceland. Lavas from the volcanoes cover most of northern Skye, giving a stepped trap type landscape.The dominant lava type is basalt, part of the magma chambers for the volcanoes are exposed at the surface as major intrusions of gabbro and granite.The Black Cuillins are formed of gabbro, which erodes to form the characteristically jagged outlines.
Turning right on the ridge I made the final steep scree covered climb to Scurr Deargs summit,
Cresting the summit through a narrow rock channel and there it is, the In Pinn. Linkback:
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In the footsteps of John Noakes (but not Shep)...
by Peter Walker 22 Oct 2013
For any MVers interested in the difficulty of an ascent of the In Pinn itself...

First up, it's a magnitude of difficulty harder than any mainland Irish summit, and it's sensible to have rock climbing experience in the party. The easiest way up is the stepped East Ridge (the far side in jackill's excellent pic). This gets a rock climbing grade of Moderate, and could conceivably be done unroped by the very (very) experienced scrambler in good conditions (disclaimer; that's just my opinion!), but they would have to contend with a borderline unjustifiable degree of exposure (the ridge is in places about six inches wide, and has (to quote one Victorian pioneer) 'a bottomless drop on one side, and an even bigger one on the other'). The vast majority will proceed roped.

Because of the huge pendulum potential of a roped fall from the East Ridge, many folk prefer to do the West Ridge instead (the apparently vertical stepped wall facing jackill's camera). This is definitely rock climbing rather than scrambling (although given the lowly grade of Difficult...that said, one leading local guide told me that polish and hold loss probably meant it was Very Difficult these days). The holds are generally good and positive throughout the route; depending on your height the crux will be either the move between two slabs just over halfway up (obvious in the photo, and very easy for those of us who are 6'3 who can reach the good holds and thus don't have to mantleshelf it), or pulling around the shard of rock visible on the left edge of the In Pinn just below those slabs in the pic (when you're tall you are a bit bunched up doing this move, and it's thus quite strenuous).

Descent is by abseil; there's a chain in place (or at least there was!) under the capping Bolster Stone (the bit with the bird perched on it) on the summit. It should be noted that thanks to a lightning strike mangling the previous highpoint, the true summit of the Pinnacle is now the top of the Bolster Stone itself, which adds a stinger of a move to all the other fun and games you need to go through to make an ascent.

If you're not a climber but are brave, enquire locally (or online) about a guided ascent. You'll need about half an hour's worth of courage, and you'll get a lifetime of memories from it. Linkback:
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Above the Clouds!
by Lauranna 31 Aug 2022
The Inaccessible Pinnacle in The Black Cuillin.
This photograph was taken on 10th July, 2022.
Sgùrr Alasdair, the highest summit on the Isle of Skye, is visible in the background. Linkback:
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Above the Clouds!
by Lauranna 31 Aug 2022
The Inaccessible Pinnacle viewed from the summit area of Sgùrr Dearg. The top of the boulder known as The Bolster Stone, perched precariously on its summit, is the highest point of this unique Munro. Linkback:
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Summit of Inaccessible Pinnacle
by Lauranna 31 Aug 2022
Lauranna climbing the Bolster Stone on the summit of the Inaccessible Pinnacle on Sgùrr Dearg. The abseil point is a chain fixed at the base of this great lump of rock. Linkback:
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