The standard summer approach is to start at Gars Bheinn and finish at Sgurr nan Gillean, but it can also be traversed in the other direction, slightly easier but less classic. The rock climbing is quite hard if wet, but the trickier climbs can be bypassed if necessary.

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DanH9883 24 Jul, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: parked in the free carpark up the road from the fairy pools carpark and spent a bit over 1hr walking down to Glen Brittle. Walked up to Gars Beinn and started the ridge a bit after 1400. Made our way through the TD gap and up Kings chimney with no other parties seeming to be on the ridge at all. Got to a bivi spot about 2130 and spent a while descending to find a small run off and water pool. Pot Noddle & super noddles for a late dinner, porridge with added Huel for breakfast Slightly damp bivi with sleeping bags and a tarp - it did rain a fair bit. Started out again about 730 well hydrated and carrying just 1L of water each, we did all the rest of the technical difficulties including Naismiths route climbing with out bags on and wearing rock shoes - some light showers during the day and again didn't see any other parties doing the route. Sumitted Gillean just after 1800 and walked of the SE ridge then, N (glad to get a drink by this point) and once low enough traversed off piste to get across to the path back into Glen Brittle getting back to out vehicle just as it got dark at 2230. We used the Tom Prentice topo guide and the 20 year old rockfax mini guidge but both were lkight on detail a lot of the time.
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βeta: parked in the free carpark up the road from the fairy pools carpark and spent a bit over 1hr walking down to Glen Brittle. Walked up to Gars Beinn and started the ridge a bit after 1400. Made our way through the TD gap and up Kings chimney with no other parties seeming to be on the ridge at all. Got to a bivi spot about 2130 and spent a while descending to find a small run off and water pool. Pot Noddle & super noddles for a late dinner, porridge with added Huel for breakfast Slightly damp bivi with sleeping bags and a tarp - it did rain a fair bit. Started out again about 730 well hydrated and carrying just 1L of water each, we did all the rest of the technical difficulties including Naismiths route climbing with out bags on and wearing rock shoes - some light showers during the day and again didn't see any other parties doing the route. Sumitted Gillean just after 1800 and walked of the SE ridge then, N (glad to get a drink by this point) and once low enough traversed off piste to get across to the path back into Glen Brittle getting back to out vehicle just as it got dark at 2230. We used the Tom Prentice topo guide and the 20 year old rockfax mini guidge but both were lkight on detail a lot of the time.
Deema Mozayen 21 Jun, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: Take the preparation seriously. You want to carry as little kit as you know you’ll need. Well worth stashing water and food at the inn pin in advance. With hindsight we would have also left a tent in Sligachan to cover the possibility of being stranded there in the middle of the night upon finishing. The Cicerone topo guide is essential if you don’t know the way! Rockshoes advised.
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βeta: Take the preparation seriously. You want to carry as little kit as you know you’ll need. Well worth stashing water and food at the inn pin in advance. With hindsight we would have also left a tent in Sligachan to cover the possibility of being stranded there in the middle of the night upon finishing. The Cicerone topo guide is essential if you don’t know the way! Rockshoes advised.
ChloeJ 16 Jun, 2023 Show βeta
βeta: Word of advice if you arrive at Sligachan after 11pm it’s unlikely you’ll get a lift or taxi unless booked in advance. Hindsight would recommend pitching a tent or leaving bikes or bivvy stuff.
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βeta: Word of advice if you arrive at Sligachan after 11pm it’s unlikely you’ll get a lift or taxi unless booked in advance. Hindsight would recommend pitching a tent or leaving bikes or bivvy stuff.
Stone Muppet 31 Aug, 2021 Show βeta
βeta: Not sure where the VD grade comes from when the consensus for both the TD gap and Bhastair Tooth is HS? They're optional, I suppose.
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βeta: Not sure where the VD grade comes from when the consensus for both the TD gap and Bhastair Tooth is HS? They're optional, I suppose.
Baker3915 31 Jul, 2021 Show βeta
βeta: Careful with loose blocks, make sure you have ideas for getting water if you need it
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βeta: Careful with loose blocks, make sure you have ideas for getting water if you need it
SimonWooden 26 Jun, 2021 Show βeta
βeta: Fantastic route. Came in from Elgol on lunchtime boat, finished similar time 2 days later. Mark led the gap and chimney - found gap tough with soft approach shoes and heavy packs. Super lucky with weather. Midges on first night but second night had magnificent cloud inversion and clear sky.
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βeta: Fantastic route. Came in from Elgol on lunchtime boat, finished similar time 2 days later. Mark led the gap and chimney - found gap tough with soft approach shoes and heavy packs. Super lucky with weather. Midges on first night but second night had magnificent cloud inversion and clear sky.
Steve Bartle 22 Aug, 2020 Show βeta
βeta: Be very careful to stay on route if doing Lota Corrie route...some sketchy rock here with some tricky but short moves and very bad consequences
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βeta: Be very careful to stay on route if doing Lota Corrie route...some sketchy rock here with some tricky but short moves and very bad consequences
climbingrev 18 Jul, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: I'd absolutely recommend this 2 bivvy method - so chilled - if you have the time / weather
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βeta: I'd absolutely recommend this 2 bivvy method - so chilled - if you have the time / weather
Simon Theobald 29 Apr, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: 3rd time for me but great to be able to do as a father & son team (I couldn't have led the TD Gap these days!). We kept going at an even pace and worked well as a team
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βeta: 3rd time for me but great to be able to do as a father & son team (I couldn't have led the TD Gap these days!). We kept going at an even pace and worked well as a team
CarlosTT 24 Apr, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: First try of the ridge in an amazing day but we came off just before Inn Pinn for an injury.
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βeta: First try of the ridge in an amazing day but we came off just before Inn Pinn for an injury.

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