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Guided Ascent of Curved Ridge, Glencoe

Guided Ascent of Curved Ridge, Glencoe | Scotland

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

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1 Day

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, 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. Whistle/Watch 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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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


On short notice, while traveling through Scotland, we booked a Private Guide to Ben Nevis through Explore-Share.com.   We much enjoyed the climb to the summit with our Guide Stuart Mapp; Stuart was the consummate professional and his concern for both our safety and this experience cannot be understated.  His direct knowledge of Ben Nevis’s Route, History, Flora and Stories made this trip the highlight of our 17 days in Scotland and Ireland for us.  Our success to the summit, and back down, was directly supported by Stuart and made it very much more enjoyable .  Thank you again!


Will definitely use West Coast Mountain Guides again. Organising and booking was made easy with Kens help and guidance, offering us a few dates and responding quickly to emails. We had a great four days with two very accommodating and highly competent guides, Niels and Mike who made sure we got the most out of our trip for our skill level. Highly recommend.



It was a great experience. It fulfilled all my expectations to have a first approach to winter mountaineering. My guide was great teaching me all the basic stuff related to crampons, ice axe and winter hiking, plus he was a great coach supporting me to make it to the summit.



I made a booking request for a one-on-one guided trip less than a week before the date and was lucky enough to get a guide (Phil) without problem, who did a splendid job and made this a very enjoyable, instructive and safe first scramble for me. Communication was great before the event, too. I‘d recommend this company without hesitation and hope to hike with them again in the future.



Ken was a wonderful guide! He was thorough in assessing our experience and picked the right hike for us. He was full of knowledge and easy to talk to as well. We'd definitely recommend him and hope to hike with him again ourselves.

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