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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Articles Events Downloads Videos Homepage. The words above may read familiar to those who have attempted the Cuillin traverse.

How to scramble: the Cuillin Ridge

Riidge tackle the problem by stashing gear at their proposed bivvy spot, but Mike discourages this approach. Any number of variations are possible but an ideal Traverse will deviate from the crest of the Ridge as guidd as possible. Anyone wishing to climb the Munros or complete a Cuillin ridge traverse will have to climb this large fin of rock. At Bealach coire na Banachdich m grid you can drop down the west side to another high burn at around m. 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 ricge and retrieve the rope.

He holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate and is an extremely experienced climber, mountaineer and hill walker.


UKC Articles – The Cullin Ridge, Skye: Hints and Tips

Other party members can then be used to enhance the chances of success for these rige enjoying a more suitable day themselves. Carrying a giant rucksack will affect your balance and slow you down. Cuillin Ridge, mini-planet well it does feel like a whole separate world up there! Free Downloads Guidebooks for Skye.

These alternatives give great climbing in less than ridg weather. This coire works well for a bivi because you have a very high burn so you don’t have to drop to far from the ridge, but also a fast descent out to the valley if the weather, mind or body breaks.

Guided Skye Black Cuillin Classic Traverse

A guided traverse of the Cuillin Ridge is not possible in poor weather conditions because the levels of danger and physical and mental effort are too high to justify. Previous experience in the Cuillin or on rocky ridges in the Alps is the best way to know if this challenge is for you and we are happy to advise. Name Email Subscribe Unsubscribe here.

Have fun and be safe. The Basics How to scramble: For larger groups bespoke arrangements can be made.

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. Click the link in the sidebar to download the Rockfax Skye Ridge Miniguide. Like any marathon-esque mountain route, the Cuillin Ridge requires some serious preparation.


Post a comment Print this article. Not sure if scrambling is for you? I haven’t a clue where we are. Detailed maps and descriptions covering every section of the ridge plus all the necessary Not a member of the BMC? Our five policies take you from the beach to Everest. Scrambling is often regarded ccuillin less serious than ‘proper’ climbing.

After all, a day spent in the Cuillin is always a big mountain adventure. Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports. 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!

Once you return to this point, down the extra water you carried from the burn and crack on over Bruch na Frithe and onto the middle section of the ridge. An extensive topo guide to the most famous mountaineering expedition in Britain.

This event is suitable for competent and fit scramblers that have a head for heights, have done some technical rock-scrambling ie to at least ‘Grade 2’ and be comfortable on such terrain. Return to Articles from or list other Destinations articles. We can arrange these, just get in touch!