May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Private and Group
We’ll begin at the southern end of the Cuillin Ridge and head into Coire Ghrunnda. Our first peak, Sgurr nan Eag, is one of the easier ones, and introduces us to scrambling on gabbro rock. Then we’ll move on to Sgurr Dubh Mor and Sgurr Alasdair. We’ll finish the day with a walk out via Coire Laggan.
We’ll walk into Coire Lagan and up the An Stac screes onto the ridge at the col between the Sgurr Dearg and Sgurr Mhic Choinnich. We’ll tackle Sgurr Mhic Choinnich and then see the highlight of many people’s trip, the “Innaccessible Pinnacle.” This apty named geological feature is a vertical blade of rock resting on Sgurr Dearg. Next we’ll do some slightly easier scrambling to take us over to Sgurr na Banachdich before the day finishes with a pleasant walk out through Coire a’Ghreadaidh and a view of some beautiful waterfalls.
This is an easier day so we can give our tired legs a rest. It begins with a walk up Coire a’Ghreadaidh heading for An Dorus. From the bealach between Sgurr a’Mhadaidh and Sgurr a’Ghreadaidh we scramble up to the Munro summits and return back through Coire a’Ghreadaidh.
On the last day, we conquer the northern section of the ridges from Sligachan where we head up into Coire a’Bhasteir before climbing up a chimney to gain Sgurr nan Gillean’s summit via its West Ridge. Then we go back to the col to head up Am Basteir, managing its infamous ‘bad step’ on the way. We finish the day with a walk over to Bruach na Frithe, the only summit on the Black Cuillin with a trig point.
You are required to book your own accommodation whilst on the Isle of Skye and you also need to travel to the island yourself. We recommend staying in Carbost (The Old Inn) or Sligachan Hotel / Buynkhouse / Campsite, depending on budget.
Experience of roped climbing is not essential, however the course is aimed at fit hill walkers and you’ll need a good level of fitness. You’ll also need a head for heights, enthusiasm to visit steep and exposed mountain areas and ideally have done some scrambles before.
I gained a good insight into the instruction and guiding of mountaineering activities whilst working as a member of the domestic team at Glenmore Lodge in the summer of 2003. Since then, I have skied, climbed, trekked and mountaineered across the length and breadth of the UK, from Cornwall to the Orkney Isles, and overseas, having sought adventures in China, Mongolia, The Indian Himalayas, New Zealand, Japan, Southern Africa, The Swiss, Italian and French Alps, The Pyrenees, Southern Spain and Norway. I enjoy climbing in all it’s forms, whether it be bouldering at Fontainebleau, sport climbing at Rodellar, trad and winter climbing in the UK or alpine climbing in Switzerland. I have also put up a couple of new routes, Mint Sauce E1 5c in Glen Nevis and Feathered Friend V,5 on Creag Meagaidh.
I have completed my Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC), the highest instructional qualification in the UK, which enable me to work both in summer and winter conditions, whether it’s walking, mountaineering or climbing, and is a full member of both the Association or Mountaineering Instructors, and The Mountain Instructor’s Community. I have also completed my International Mountain Leader Summer Training and have worked as a contracted instructor for Abacus Mountain Guides, Martin Moran, Glenmore Lodge, Mountain Motion, West Coast Mountain Guides, Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre, Adventure Peaks, The Outward Bound Trust, Ryan Glass Mountaineering, Hike Pyrenees, World Challenge Expeditions and Outlook Expeditions.
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