The Isle of Skye with its Cuillin Ridge is a classic mountaineering challenge in the UK. Experience the Cuillin Ridge with our experienced mountain guides. The Black Cuillin of Skye offer a unique experience of scrambling and climbing, with the Cuillin Ridge Traverse being one of the most prized and sought-after. Skye’s Cuillin Ridge is the Holy Grail of British scrambling. Mike Lates, who has been a mountain guide on Skye since and completed.

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Carry on down the rivge being very careful to pop out below the SW face and then traverse round to Bealach Coir an lochain and so back to the ridge. Detailed maps and descriptions covering every section of the ridge plus all the necessary You need to do this yourself, as I am not going to drop a full training programme on your lap.

To get fit for something of this scale requires careful planning and preparation. It all looks the same!

They were old Skye campaigners with many first ascents on the Cuillin so undoubtedly used their local knowledge. Shorter but still classic outings are normally suitable so the days are all used.

About the Cuillin Ridge Traverse – Skye Guides

Old Inn at Carbostideally placed for the bulk of the trip. The Basics How to scramble: Niall Grimes reviews the new SMC guide. Staff Picks Accident in Afghanistan: If doing it north to south leaving the car around 6am will get you on the ridge for 9am. Scrambling is often regarded as less serious than ‘proper’ climbing. He holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate and is an extremely experienced climber, mountaineer and hill walker.

Bivvying increases the chances of success for the majority of aspirants if done properly. For larger groups bespoke arrangements can be made. You should be on target for Gars-bheinn at around 2pm so back at Glen Brittle for 4pm. Travel to Elgol and approach by 8am boat. Twelve Munros are packed into its length with the Inaccessible Pinnacle being the gulde of all the Scottish Munros.


How to scramble: the Cuillin Ridge

Chasing the Very Bloody Ephemeral: Wide experience of trekking, overnight camping, general hill walking, rock climbing and alpine snow peaks are not often considered as suitable preparation. Skye Ridge Jun After all, a day spent in the Cuillin is always a big mountain adventure.

Bivouac overnight on the ridge under vast skies with no ‘light pollution’. Please go to My Downloads to download it again.

If you want to discuss an idea please Contact us to talk ideas through. Don’t worry I’m not going to cuilpin you carry a tent and hang frying pans from your rucksack. You do not need a huge amount of climbing equipment, as many of the crux sections are fairly short and sharp, with the longer climbing sections requiring a cool head with fewer runners.

The rest of the course is never wasted with time spent on a suitable mix of training climbs, scrambling and bivouac retrieval. Next you need to decide when you are going to do it. Bag the summit then double back to your kit and follow Harts Ledge to the start of the ‘North Ridge mod ‘ of Sgurr Thearlaich.

Success is considered as reaching the summit by whatever route is necessary given the constraints of weather, fitness and safety.

Compasses are unreliable because of the magnetic rock so orientation becomes virtually impossible in the clag. We’ve been insuring adventurers like you for over 30 years. Skye Guides approach to success The climbing on a Traverse takes approximately hours to complete in ideal weather conditions.

It includes photographs from the UKC user gallery. In ignorance I commenced the route with a friend but he was 48 and burnt out by Sgurr Mhic Choinnich. Cobbler N Peak right hand You will need bivvi gear for the overnight stay on the ridge and we can advise on this.


Web View Mobile View. It is essential that you have the skill and knowledge to construct sounds belays, be able to lead climb whilst placing sound runners and have the ability to abseil and retrieve the rope. At a glance Two days scrambling and climbing while traversing Skye’s famed Cuillin ridge.

As well as packing in plenty of scrambling practice, Mike recommends finding a trusted climbing partner of compatible ability and studying photographs, written descriptions and maps before making an attempt on the Ridge. Top tips would include getting used to wearing a medium weight rucksack as you may be carrying some bivi kit on scrambling terrain.

Return to Articles from or list other Destinations articles. A Cuillin Ridge Traverse is a premium product and prices reflect this. From how to train and prepare to ridge tactics, top tips and a suggested kit list, this article will help you make the traverse in one piece. The words above may read familiar to those who have attempted the Cuillin traverse. Skye Ridge Jun An extensive topo guide to the most famous mountaineering expedition in Britain.

Price includes overnight pay for guide on bivouac, technical equipment and evening meal for Traverse. The Ridge Traverse is our speciality at Skye Guides but it should not be your first ambition in the Cuillin unless you are a highly competent mountaineer. Glenbrittle Campsitebeautifully located at the end of Glenbrittle.