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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Stash water and bivvy gear.

About the Cuillin Ridge Traverse – Skye Guides

You’ll need your ridye hiking gear appropriate to the conditions and time of year. Staff Picks Accident in Afghanistan: This is both for their cuilli and also to give future guides an idea of their ability. Instead of wasting a valuable weather window in hiding a stash – which you may have issues in relocating – he suggests filling up with two litres of water on the approach and carrying a syphon to duillin from small run-offs on the Ridge itself.

If you fall short of any of these essentials and are just a mere mortal then read the next bit. Success rarely comes without a great deal of effort from everybody involved. Bivouac overnight on the ridge under vast skies with no ‘light pollution’. Wet rocks and high winds make the route unjustifiable if not impossible. I find the Harvey’s Superwalker 1: Once you return to this guise, down the extra water you carried from the burn and crack on over Bruch na Frithe and onto the middle section of the ridge.

Summit some of the classic peaks on the Cuillin, including the famed ‘Inaccessible Pinnacle’. Avon Cuilkin Main Area rockfall Make sure you get your feet used to wearing your scrambling boots all day in potentially warm temperatures: Other party members can then be used to enhance the chances of success for these while enjoying a more suitable day themselves.


Have fun and be safe. Suggested kit list The bare essentials for a bivvy! Harsh decisions often have to be made if this criteria is ignored. Specifically the day following a successful Traverse is always low key.

Alternatively if you do not wish to login you may post a comment anonymously. For competent and fit scramblers, the finest way to appreciate the ridge is to traverse it over two days.

The rest of the course is never wasted with time spent rdge a suitable mix of training climbs, scrambling and bivouac retrieval. Not sure if scrambling is for you? For those into a more demanding type of activity running the ridge offers an awesome challenge to test both running fitness and climbing skills. See suitability and vetting paragraph below. Skye Ridge Jun The technical standard of the climbing on the ridge is never more than Very Difficultbut since most of the ridge is sustained and exposed scrambling with extensive sections of Moderate and Difficult climbing, it is certainly wise to be able to lead Severe so that most parts of the ridge can then be comfortably soloed.

Carry on down rigde gully 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. Chances of success are highest on a 1: Jon Jones is an instructor at Glenmore Lodge, Scotland. 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. That’s why all of our policies come with: No, the real reason why so many attempted traverses end in failure is the enormous physical and mental toll posed by this Alpine-style epic.


Route finding can also be challenging and with some sections requiring climbing experience, having a qualified guide who knows the route well is an ideal way to get the most out of the days. This is a much-enhanced version of the topos which originally appeared in Climber Magazine in May and which have been widely regarded for years as the best source of information for the Skye Ridge.

Guided Skye Black Cuillin Classic Traverse

When on the traverse, break it down into sections. We’ll supply helmet, harness and any other climbing gear, but you are welcome to bring your own. Sligachan Hotelperfect for the Sgurr nan Gukde day. Hanifa Yousoufi summits Noshaq. The Cuillin Ridge Traverse. To tackle the Ridge you need to be very comfortable moving over grade 3 ground and handy with a rope. Please go to My Downloads to download it again.

Return to Elgol to retrieve vehicles. For this experience to be comfortable, you want it to be dry. This could include either rock routes if you’re wanting to hone your rope skills or these could include ridge lines up some of the peaks to hone your scrambling skills.

Years of experience We’ve been insuring adventurers like you for over 30 years. Guixe has worked well in the past with all party members enjoying a bivouac together. We’ve been insuring adventurers like you for over 30 years.

The Cuillin ridge from Sgurr Dubh Mor. Would you like to login to post your comment?