4-day climbing traverse on the Cuillin ridge

Try this exciting 4-day climbing traverse on the Cuillin ridge, in the company and guidance of Euan, an IFMGA certified mountain guide.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

4 days

Mountain Range

Cuillin

People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level

Hard

Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    The Cuillin ridge is an exciting challenge for mountaineers with a lot of experience and a high sense of adventure. This traverse is a classic expedition in the UK. On this 4-day adventure I invite you to explore this fantastic alpine route which has 12 km of length, 3000 m ascent and 11 Munros!

    Climbing the Cuillin Ridge is no easy task. In fact, it is considered to be the UK’s most challenging traverse. Furthermore, although this black-coloured ridge is easy to grip many sections are loose or too slippery.  Consequently, it is vital that you have prior mountaineering skills and a good fitness level.

    The 4-day excursion will take us on an exploration of 11 munros as well as a trying and long ascent. In order to tackle this challenge safely, we will also have one day of training and another spare-one in case of bad weather.

    The following itinerary details how we will structure the tour. First, we will have a training day, starting at Sgurr a Mhadaidh (918m). It will include grade 3 scrambling as we traverse the peak. We can leave our bivouac equipment on the mountain in preparation for the next night. Then, the following two days we will traverse 30 summits, if good weather allows it. Finally, we will spend the night on the ridge in our bivouacs.

    If you are an experienced mountaineer and want to book your next challenge, do it now! Join me on this exciting adventure  to the Cuillin Ridge, you  won’t regret it.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    780 GBP

    Group of 2
    390 GBP

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
     The price includes helmets, harnesses and all technical equipment.
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Training day

      Training day on Sgurr a Mhadaidh (918m). This day will include grade 3 scrambling. We will leave our bivouac equipment on the mountain to prepare for the next night.

    • Day 2First day of the traverse

      We will traverse several summits.

    • Day 3Second day of the traverse

      We will continue the traverse.

    • Day 4Spare day (just in case) or climb

      This spare day can be used for the traverse in case of bad weather. If the ridge has been successfully completed during the last two days, we can climb the summit of Cioch.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Advanced

    Fitness level required

    Extremely Fit

    Accommodation

    In our bivouacs.

    More info

    Keep in mind that good weather is essential for the traverse of the Cuillin. Me and my team will aim whenever possible to complete the route. Given bad weather, we will provide four days of quality scrambling, climbing and mountaineering.

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    IFMGA / UIAGM Mountain Guide
    I have been climbing for 23 years and instructing for over 19 years. I'm a fully qualified IFGMA Mountain Guide, full MIC and Technical Advisor for a number of local councils and other organisations.
    I'm based in Edinburgh which allows me quick access to the Highlands of Scotland and the Lake District. As well as climbing across the UK, I have climbed and skied extensively throughout Europe, Scandinavia and New Zealand.
    My personal highlights so far include:
    - When The Wind Blows (E6) Back Bowden, Northumberland
    - White Magic (VII, 7) Northern Corries, Cairngorms
    - South Pillar of La Barre des Ecrins (TD, 1000m) French Alps
    Some of my favourite climbs are:
    - Poker Face (E1) Pavey Ark, Lake District
    - Point 5 Gully (V) Ben Nevis
    - North Ridge of Pollux (AD) Swiss Alps
    Please get in touch with me if you want to discover the mountains of Scotland or any other around the globe !

     
     

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    What People are Saying about Euan Whittaker

     

    Euan is an excellent leader and seems to have a great gift of knowing the abilities of those he is leading. He definitely creates even more enthusiasm and enjoyment : even when I am going to have a really great day, he makes it even better!
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    Anne Stewart
    Some of the best days I have had in the winter hills have been those guided by Euan. The climbing is always challenging, for me, but his calm reassurance and expertise always results in an enjoyable and memorable day.I am already looking forward to doing more routes with him next winter!
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    Ian McIntosh
    Euan was great and I would recommend him to others.
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    Tim
    I was fortunate enough to have Euan as my Guide for my first alpine adventure. Euan’s patience, knowledge and humour made our trip challenging, rewarding, educational and above all fun. I would not hesitate to book him for future outgoings and recommend him highly to anyone who is looking for a guide in the mountains or on the crag.
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    Jim Parsons
     

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