The Isle of Skye has a very special magic all of its own. The views from the main Black Cuillin ridge are truly magnificent and enhanced by the sea of the Inner Hebrides. On a good day it is not unusual to see the whole of the Hebrides (The Long Island) laid out on the western horizon from Barra to Lewis, whilst to the south east the unmistakable hump of Ben Nevis might also be visible.
This is without question the most rugged and extensive high mountain ridge in the British Isles and would provide a logical continuation from the Fort William based ridge scrambling weeks for fit people with a knowledge and experience of rock climbing and simple rope work and abseiling.
The Isle of Skye has a very special magic all of its own and we never get bored of the merging views of sea to sharp mountain. The Cuillin ridge climbing traverse is without question the most rugged and extensive high mountain adventure in the British Isles and a great training for summer Alpine ridges.
The traverse is two days and May into early June and September tend to best for a traverse attempt as it’s pre and post midge season!
As a mountain range the Black Cuillin of Skye is a unique challenge to mountaineers in the British Isles. The whole ridge is around 13 km in length plus 7 km approach and descent and never descends below 726 metres. In its length there are some twenty peaks of 914m (3,000ft) of which eleven achieve ‘Munro’ status. Traversing the ridge in a single outing involves around 3,000 metres of ascent.
Unrelenting effort, considerable exposure and technical scrambling (sometimes without a rope), plus abseiling and simple rock climbing are the order of the day.
Because of this the traverse is not recommended to people who only consider themselves to be moderately fit ‘hill walkers’.
To achieve success on a traverse attempt, ALL of those taking part should be both fit and capable of sustaining two hard days which involve 11kms (13 hours) on the first day and 9 kms (9 hours) on the second day.
Overnight kit needs to be carried as well as a sleeping bag, waterproofs and gloves, hat and spare clothing, food and water and a rope. A typical traverse backpack should weigh no more than 9 kgs (20lb). This reduces as water (2 litres) and food is consumed and I can provide advice on kit on booking.
A traverse of the main ridge over two days with a bivouac is only attempted with individuals or pairs who know each other, on a private guiding basis in order to achieve the greatest chance of success.
Doing the ridge in one day is a significant undertaking and presents a challenge which is unique in the UK. The amount of stamina and fitness and agility required is massive.
Please get in touch with me if you are interested to join me for this unique 2-day adventure on the isle of Skye. It will be my pleasure to guide you and share with you an unforgettable moment up there.
Choose your own dates. The traverse is two days and May into early June and September tend to best for a traverse attempt as it’s pre and post midge season!
Ratio: 1:1 or 1:2
£600 (1:1) £680 (1:2)