Pinnacle Gully

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Pinnacle Gully

Submitted By: Kirsten Johnson on May 31, 2012

Administrator: Kirsten Johnson

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Route Type:
  • Ski Touring
Descent Difficulty:
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Season:
  • Spring
Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Easy
- Bootpack:
- Mountaineering: Easy
Starting Elevation: 600 m ft.
Elevation Gain: 541 m ft.
High Point: 1141 m ft.
Max Slope Angle: 45-50 Degrees°

Approach

From the Cairngorm ski area car park skin up the Fiacall Ridge to the 1141 high point. From there you can approach the gully by several routes. If you want to climb the gully before skiing it then you can descend to Loch Avon via Coire Raibeirt, Coire Domhain or considering you are going to ski a gully anyway take in Diagonal Gully or the Y shaped gully both situated on Stag Rocks. Pinnacle Gully is clearly visible from Stag Rocks. Once down by the Loch it's a short skin to the gully mouth and a Grade I winter climb to the top.

The alternative is to ski/skin across the plateau sticking to the 1100m contour line before heading along the top of Hell's Lum. From there it's a short ski down to the gully. From the top it's relatively hard to spot until you are nearly on top of it. The pinnacle is quite obvious though once you are there.

Equipment Needs

Avy gear, ice axe and crampons if you intend to climb the gully. Map and compass are essential in anything but the best conditions. Pinnacle Gully is marked on the 1:2500000 OS maps.

Descent

The route starts with a very short, narrow section passing the pinnacle of rock which gives the gully it's name. From there the gully opens up and allows for some fast and fun skiing at a sustained steep pitch (which I measured at around 45 degrees).

The gully drops you into the Loch Avon basin and the quickest route back is to skin up Coire Domhain before trudging back across the plateau to the car park.

This gully is ideal to link up with another two or three nearby for a full days skiing.

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