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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Publications News posts Accommodation Route Database. Cuillin Ridge, mini-planet well it does feel like a whole separate world up there! The most famous mountaineering expedition in Britain is the Skye Ridge.

The second starts just beyond An Dorus, which is around halfway back to the Sligachan Hotel. They made the journey from south to north in a day, having taken a little over 12 hours between Gars-bheinn and Sgurr nan Gillean.

Beyond here, any route onto Am Basteir involves breaking through an undercut wall and a treacherously slabby descent before a final victorious climb to the summit of Sgurr nan Gillean.

Sure, if you’re a fit hill runner and a competent climber with a good head for heights, have some prior knowledge and good weather, bingo the ridge is yours! Carbost Waterfront Bunkhouseby the Old Inn.

All with discounts for members. Suggested kit list The bare essentials for a bivvy! Any number of variations are possible but an ideal Traverse will deviate from the crest of the Ridge as little as possible. For example when I do it north to south I break it down to three sections. From here it is over Sgurr Alastdair which is the highpoint on the ridge. The gabbro rock is grippy, although some sections are loose and others are well polished.

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For 2-day attempts this involves using more than one guide. Since my first encounter with the ridge over 15 years ago when Dougald was on one calorie, I have done the traverse in both directions several times. Careful consideration has to be given not only to the attempt but also nutrition, rest and the complex logistics of equipment and travel.

See the equipment list on the right ghide the top tips and handy hints below. However, some things to include in your programme would be endurance, endurance and have I mentioned endurance?

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Cuillin Ridge Traverse You are here: I have not drunk for hours and the sun is just relentless. The Skye Cuillin ridge is a mountaineers playground, with so much rock and so much cuil,in you could spend days scrambling or climbing around in the many coires of the Skye Black Cuillin. Articles Events Downloads Videos Homepage. Top tips would include getting used to wearing a medium weight rucksack as you may be carrying some bivi kit on scrambling terrain.

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About the Cuillin Ridge Traverse – Skye Guides

What could take five minutes to solo may take up to an hour when using rock climbing equipment and ropes. Proper preparation prevents p Excludes extra transport costs often necessary.


The next day demands a 6am start again, which means the ‘In Pin’ for 7am and no queuing so having the route to yourself. In this article he shares his experiences on the famous Skye ridge, and explores what is required for a successful traverse.

In ignorance I commenced the route with a friend but he was 48 and burnt out by Sgurr Guice Choinnich.

Cuillin Ridge Traverse – Skye Guides

Detailed maps and descriptions covering every section of the ridge plus all the necessary Our pricing is structured so that clients get a refund if the weather is not suitable. Our five policies take you from the beach to Everest. Bag the summit then double back to your kit and follow Harts Ledge to the start of the ‘North Ridge mod ‘ of Sgurr Thearlaich. You’ll need your general hiking gear appropriate to the conditions and time of year.

Get out there Want to know more? Then cruise guid the Dubhs, find the wee sneaky route that takes a downward traverse around the East side of the Garbh — choire and then up to Sgurr nan Eag the last munro and along to Gars-bheinn the true finish to the ridge.