climbing and scrambling on skye's cuillin ridge
This week is ideal for anyone looking to experience the UK's finest Mountaineering routes!
"The whole planning and execution of our traverse was first rate and what's more Paul has a great sense of humour and great character. Can't imagine a better person to do such a complex route with as we all were very well looked after the whole time."
SO WHAT'S IT
Skye is well known for a number things like the Trotternish Ridge, the Old Man of Storr, it’s fine Talisker whisky and perhaps most famously the Cuillin hills, Britain’s only Alpine type peak. Anyone who enjoys being in the mountains, this has to be up there on your tick list to visit and explore the ridge, there is nothing else like it in the UK and it’s a true mountaineers ridge. Although it’s only about 7 miles long, it has 11 Munros and was first traversed in 1 go in 1911 and was completed in under 24 hours! Considering the complexity of the route finding and the constant technical skills required to negotiate the terrain, it was a remarkable feat. It currently stands at 2 hours and 59 minutes…..
The aim of this week is quite simple, to explore as much of the ridge as we can (and the weather allows!). The broad plan will be to treat the week as a classic mountaineering week, searching out perhaps as many of the Munros as your legs will cope with or there is always the option to approach the ridge via some of the easy climbing routes onto the ridge.
As with all these trips the weather is the determining factor and may allow us to follow a broad plan or force us to to change. It’s always an adventure, but the key factors are that we stay safe, enjoy the week and hopefully cover as much rock as we can. I prefer to keep the plan very open to allow us to make decisions compatible to the conditions on the ground.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...
DO I NEED PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE?
A considerable amount of time is spent on technical graded / climbing terrain so you need to be familiar with using a harness, ropes and feel comfortable moving on steep and at times very exposed mountainous rock. My Advanced Scrambler Course is ideal as 2 days of training to prepare yourself for this week. To give yourself the best opportunity to enjoy this week, prior fitness training in the hills and mountains is essential, there may be approximately 1000m of ascent and descent each day over 15-20km of distance. These can be long 8-10 hour days.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
You will need your own personal hill kit including a harness and helmet. I will send you a detailed kit list when you confirm your place.
WHERE DO WE MEET?
Normally I hire a self catering cottage, which we share the cost of and is in the Carbost area. If you prefer to arrange accommodation yourself there are a number of alternatives that I can suggest and then I will arrange to meet you locally.
All instruction and specialist equipment like ropes and climbing hardware.
WHAT"S NOT INCLUDED
The cost of any boat ride to access the more remote areas
You'll need to complete the online booking form and pay a deposit* of £250 to secure your space and the balance payable 90 days prior to the start date. On receipt of your deposit, I will send you an itinerary and equipment list.
*Non-refundable deposit, please see Conditions of Booking