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Guided Ascent of Curved Ridge, Glencoe

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Join MIC certified mountain guide Ken Applegate on a unique guided ascent of the stunning Curved Ridge in Glencoe, Scotland!


1 Day

May - Nov




The Curved Ridge is part of the Highland’s iconic Buachaille Etive Mor mountain. It is a steep ridge that leads to the impressive Stob Dearg Munro. Graded as a 2/3 scramble, the Curved Ridge is difficult, but its breathtaking scenery is worth the effort. Our guided ascent of the Curved Ridge will provide you the chance to take on the challenge with proper assistance so that you can fully enjoy the experience!

We begin early in the morning with a brief overview of the day’s itinerary and equipment check. Then we will start up a path from the car park opposite the Lagangarbh Hut around a spot known as the waterslide. From there, we will continue a steep ascent until we get to Rannoch Wall, an impressive red rock which faces the moor. On the left of Rannoch Wall we will find Curved Ridge with plenty of holds for the hands and feet that will allow us to scramble up to the summit. The prize at the top will be the spectacular views. We will be out on the hill for 6-9 hours.

Because this is a challenging ascent, a good fitness level is necessary. However, we will be there every step of the way to help you whether you have previous experience or are new to scrambling. Additionally, we will show you the necessary techniques that you will need to tackle this challenge. We will also manage the ropework so that you can enjoy the excursion. 

Are you ready to take on this exciting challenge in “The Buachaille”? Then book your place and join us on a unique ascent of the Curved Ridge!

Would you like to explore more of the Scottish Highlands? Then join us on a guided traverse of the Aonach Eagach!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The price includes Guiding and Instruction and free use of harness and helmets. Accommodation is not included but we can help make arrangements or recommend suitable places to stay whilst visiting Glencoe and the surrounding area.


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Socks –Go for a medium to thick pair of synthetic or wool/synthetic blend socks.

Thermal/Base Layers –A thermal or wicking top is far better than cotton.

Fleeces –At least one fleece layer for your upper body. If you get cold easily perhaps add a fleece gilet/vest to your layering. Having an extra fleece top or synthetic layer in a waterproof liner at the bottom of your rucksack is useful if cool conditions are likely to be encountered.

Windshirt or lightweight softshell jacket –Ideal for dry conditions.

Walking trousers –Polycotton, polyester or softshell is ideal.

Warm Hat & Gloves –A warm hat can still be very useful even in summer. For Skye, leather work or gardening gloves, which are cheap and durable are ideal. Remember that even in the height of summer, with a bit of rain and wind, it will still be quite chilly.

Waterproof jacket and over trousers ( Outer shell clothing) –The trousers should have at least a knee length zip enabling them to be fitted over boots. Lightweight waterproofs are ok.

Rucsac –A medium volume sac (30 -40 litres) is best for mountaineering. Use a strong plastic rucsac liner to keep the contents dry. External Rucsack covers have a habit of blowing away and don’t work as well as an internal liner. Everything needs to fit inside your sac.

Bivvy Bag –A large person sized poly or foil survival bag is the minimum requirement, essential.

Gaiters or Stop-tous –Useful, but not essential. Not really necessary on the Skye Cuillins.

Head Torch –Even in summer it’s good practise to carry a small headtorch.

First Aid kit –A small personal pack including medication for blisters. Suncream and sunglasses if good forecast.

Compass/Map –(OS or BMC/Harveys) Harvey maps produce the best map for Skye. The map should be weather-proofed in a clear plastic map case or covered with clear sticky back plastic.


Waterbottle –1 to 2 litres, maybe more during hot weather.

Lunch & Spare Food

Trekking Poles -These are optional, but useful particularly in descent.

Boots –For scrambling, boots which have good lateral stiffness, such as B1 rated boots, are useful.

Helmet –Please bring one along if you can. We have DMM helmets available.

Harness –Please make sure the harness fits over all clothing and can be put on over boots and crampons. Adjustable leg-loops are preferable for ease of fitting.

Belay device, two HMS Carabiners and one 120cm sling –We can provide you with these if you don’t have your own.

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About the guide

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West Coast Mountain Guides



Mountain Leader

We are based in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain and arguably the most iconic and sought-after winter climbing venue in Britain.

All our instructors and guides have extensive, relevant experience which is eagerly passed on to everyone taking part in instructional mountaineering courses, private guiding and worldwide expeditions. This background, together with a genuine passion for adventure, can only inspire and motivate our customers to achieve their own goals.



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What people are saying about West Coast Mountain Guides


Ken immediately made us feel welcomed and we had a good chat on the walk in before gearing up for the ridge ascent. Both my son and I had a fantastic experience thanks to Ken's calm, expertise in leading us over Tower Ridge and then descending via Ledge Ridge to round off a great day. Highly recommended!


Ken was a fantastic guide, safe, experienced and took us on an incredible adventure!


have just come back from completing an ascent of ledge route and a descent via no4 gully, guided by Ken. absolutely fantastic day and Ken was friendly, professional and very confidence inspiring. cant recommend highly enough and I'll definitely be back next season!


Ken took me and my son up the north face ledge route to the top of Ben Nevis. It was a challenge in places - particularly with the snow and ice - but it was an unforgettable experience! Ken was a great guide.


I usually do these things with my Husband, but we currently live in Singapore and I’m back visiting family and didn’t want to miss out. I was doubly anxious because our usual guide was unavailable, but Ken quickly put me at ease. For me that’s about feeling like I have all the information I need, being reassured that I’m making good time and having a few scheduled breaks for snacks etc. We also had a good chat, which made the walk in fly by. A very enjoyable day, I felt safe and comfortable throughout. I hope to be back in the future for more adventures.

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