The Black Cuillin of Skye surrounding Loch Coruisk provide possibly the most dramatic set of mountains to be found anywhere in the UK. The ancient volcanic peaks also have some of the most challenging terrain to be found here, it’s sometimes referred to as an alpine scale ridge.
There are 11 Munros (mountains over 3000 feet) on the Skye Cuillin ridge. This includes the Inaccessible Pinnacle; the only Munro where it’s considered the norm to use a rope on ascent and descent. As well as these tops there’s also a lifetime worth of scrambles and climbs amongst the hills. Climbers and mountaineers have been drawn to a complete traverse of the ridge since the sport began and it’s a major lifetime objective for many. If this is one of your goals I can help.
My own traverse experiences started with failure – climbing as a group of five and trying to complete the ridge without enough water or bivi equipment we ended up at the foot of Am Basteir (“The Executioner”) tired, dehydrated and had to back off. Since then I’ve gone on to complete the ridge solo with a time of nine hours, summit to summit, complete with stunning views.
Cuillin Ridge – What I can offer
Terrain on the ridge is complicated with steep exposed ground throughout. Use of a rope to keep safe in the event of slip is the norm for most groups. By booking me you’ll get a qualified professional to guide you over these summits. Trips I can offer include:
- Complete ascent of all the Munro’s from the valley (usually over four or five days)
- Classic Cuillin scrambles such as an ascent of the Cioch
- Full ridge traverse including an overnight Bivi
The nature of the terrain and the need to use a rope mean that I run course on the Cuillin with a maximum of two clients. This means there’s also plenty of scope for teaching you efficient travel techniques, movement skills and rope-work needed for your own adventures.
I’m happy to discuss this further with you should you be interested in completing the finest ridge in all of the UK.
Accommodation isn’t included in this course.