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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Read more “how to scramble” guides: We can arrange these, just gidge in touch! Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports. More info Most Popular Climbs: All with discounts for members. Ratios Chances of success are highest on a 1: Other recommendations that may be more accessible to people would be some of the North Wales, Lakeland and Lochaber classic scrambles, such as the North ridge of Tryfan followed by Bristly ridge on Cuiplin Fach, Pinnacle ridge outside of Patterdale, the Aonach Eagach in Glencoe or Tower ridge on Ben Nevis.

With many false lines leading to dead ends or over huge cliffs, route finding is tricky even in good visibility. However, the hourly rate for this product remains considerably lower than on all of our other courses. Please note, we prefer to take people who have been out with us yuide previous events!

Guided Skye Black Cuillin Classic Traverse

It includes photographs from the UKC user gallery. Many famous pioneers’ names bounce around the corrie walls. Jon Jones is an instructor at Glenmore Lodge, Scotland.

The topos provide key route tips for every section and the general logistics advice needed to plan your attempt. You need to opt-in to receive communications from us. Head Injury at m.


Unlike many British ridge walks, the Cuillin Ridge poses a serious navigational challenge. If you like to gamble, enjoy suffering and have good knowledge about the ridge then a one-day traverse is the way. Doing the ridge from vuide to south has a couple of advantages.

The best way to assess your own ability is to plan in some practice runs.

Cuillin Ridge Traverse – Skye Guides

Any number of variations are possible but an ideal Traverse will deviate from the crest of the Cukllin as little as possible. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.

We offer In Pinn guiding along with all of the other Munros on the ridge. Alternatively, you may have a specific requirement, for instance wanting to spend a day climbing up the Cioch on Sron na Cicheheading up Sgurr nan Gillean via Pinnacle Ridge and Knight’s Peakor negotiating the Thearlaich Dubh Gap.

Sample four-day itinerary for ideal weather Day 1: I have no personal preference but when I guide students attempting a full traverse I go north to south. Bivvying increases the chances of success for the majority of aspirants if cuilllin properly.

You should be on target for Gars-bheinn at around 2pm so back at Glen Brittle for 4pm. Make sure you get your feet used to wearing your scrambling boots all day in riddge warm temperatures: Chances of success are highest on a 1: It then takes around 3 hours to do the northern section getting you back to your kit at midday, from here it is 6 hours for the middle section and so to your bivi site in Coire an Banachdich you would have dropped this off the day before.


Even Bonnie Prince Charlie and his escorts would have walked in the shadow of the Cuillin, floundering through the bogs heading for Elgol to get a boat to the mainland and eventually France!

Skye Cuillin Classic Traverse – guided scramble and climb

This has worked well in the past with all party members enjoying a bivouac together. The only exception to this is if you are incredibly fit and booking on a 1: For example when I do it north to south I break it down to three sections.

It all evens out in the end! I haven’t a clue where we are. This is both for their interest and also to give future guides an idea of their ability. Let the clock tick for a whole section rather than an individual peak or crux section. The pack needs to be rivge fitting but offer freedom of movement so you can lift your head up and won’t be restricted irdge with a helmet on.

Staff Rdige Accident in Afghanistan: You’ll need your general hiking gear appropriate to the conditions and time of year.

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Name Email Subscribe Unsubscribe here. Many, and often all, of the Munros are climbed on a successful Traverse and they form the basis of objectives on unsuccessful weeks. Ciillin us Join our newsletter list Our blog.