Last winter Will Rowland pulled off an incredible traverse of the Black and Red Cuillin in a two day journey starting and finishing at Sligachan. There are 11 Munro tops on the Cuillin Ridge, and this is one place where people feel that hiring a mountain Guide to take them across the Cuillins is essential. Rock n Ridge runs a number of the most requested Cuillin Ridge trips and uses experienced, friendly and knowledgeable Mountain Guides for your trip. Then one day a friend discussed the Cullin Ridge on the Isle of Skye. In doing so he smashed his own previous two records, both of which he achieved earlier this year. The rocks forming the ridge of the Black Cuillin … Shooting on the Cuillin Ridge. Have fun and be safe. by Geoff | Mar, 2016 | Uncategorized | 0 comments. A very impressive time even by today's standards. In the book ‘Scotland’ by Chris Townsend he wrote: ‘The Cuillin Ridge offers climbers and scramblers a lieftime’s worth of exploration. This 2-volume set provides all the information required to complete the main ridge traverse on Skye’s Black Cuillin. Cuillin Ridge Munros: The Black Cuillin Ridge has 11 Munros scattered across its jagged skyline ridge. ), I agree. The first choice you have to make is are you going to do it in one day or as a two-day exped? Bealach Mhic Coinnich via Coire Lagan or Bealach Coir’ An Lochain via Coir’ A Ghrunnda. Small (<20L) rucksack. If you appreciate UKClimbing then please help us by becoming a UKC Supporter. Stash plenty of evening food so you can munch to your hearts content all night. See the equipment list on the right and the top tips and handy hints below. Also, I for one - and am sure many will agree - don't like the recent re-naming of Collie's Ledge as Hart's Ledge (even if the latter really did do it a year before Collie). Cheers Mark. The Cuillin Ridge. I knew the route well having been up and down twice to exactly the same spot last year. [2] Lightweight trousers such as Ron Hills or some of the pertex type trousers. Slap it on as soon as you feel a hot spot starting. To get fit for something of this scale requires careful planning and preparation. upon reaching the Tooth's summit I got a pleasant surprise. It then takes around 3 hours to do the northern section getting you back to your kit at midday, from here it is 6 hours for the middle section and so to your bivi site in Coire an Banachdich (you would have dropped this off the day before). This sustained mountain walk with basic scrambling covers the 5 major summits on Rum, including 2 Corbetts and a Graham. Hmmm, he mentions Severe exactly twice (once as a general guide to ability for the traverse, and once for the pitch up the short side, which seems consistent with currently accepted practice?). This week's Friday Night Video is the award-winning 'A Line Across the Sky' from Reel Rock. To be successful you have to be feeling 100% on top of your game and performing at your fighting weight. The traverse of the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye is arguably Britain’s best mountaineering route. But my pace was under the level it needed to be and this was a good thing. What you can also do (highly recommended) is sections of the main ridge itself, not only to get the practice, but also to get familiar and gain valuable route finding knowledge. The Rum Cuillin offer arguably one of the most exciting hill days out in the Scottish Islands. Traversing the ridge involves serious route finding, difficult scrambling and some technical climbing. the TD Gap is described as both Severe and V.Diff (when really it is generally agreed to be the former). I hadn’t really climbed for years, I guess it was a combination of factors really, my mates were good climbers and I wasn’t too bad, often struck with the issue of exposure, on some routes I  found myself hauling  up, physically and mentally, enjoyment didn’t seem to go hand in hand with the experience. The peaks of the Black Cuillin are mainly composed of gabbro, a very rough igneous rock which provides a superb grip for mountaineers; and basalt, which can be very slippery when wet. The Cuillin ridge runs along the Black Cuillin mountain peaks on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. This coire works well for a bivi because you have a very high burn so you don't have to drop to far from the ridge, but also a fast descent out to the valley if the weather, mind or body breaks. Wild has the fastest known time for the Cuillin Ridge traverse on the Isle of Skye, completing the crossing in 2:59:22 in 2013. I haven't a clue where we are. The technical standard of the climbing on the ridge is never more than Very Difficult, but since most of the ridge is sustained and exposed scrambling with extensive sections of Moderate and Difficult climbing, it is certainly wise to be able to lead Severe so that most parts of the ridge can then be comfortably soloed. A full traverse of the main ridge normally takes 2 days to complete in summer conditions with a night spent sleeping on the crest of the ridge. To have more chance of success and to enjoy the experience then a two-day exped is recommended. I ran the Brussels 20k recently in 69 minutes (respectable on a hilly course) and yesterday I was down the track doing 300m reps to try and gain some much-needed speed on the flat – you couldn’t get much further from running the Cuillin ridge! The best way to train and prepare for the ridge is to do some of the individual classics spread around the Cuillin. Not me! Cuillin experts reckon that perhaps only 10% of climbers succeed on their first attempt. The Rum Cuillin offer arguably one of the most exciting hill days out in the Scottish Islands. Jon Jones is an instructor at Glenmore Lodge, Scotland. In time I decided that my burgeoning interest in mountain biking was something I enjoyed more and so I left climbing behind, the occasional dabble but that was about it, from there the passion for moving quickly and increasing my fitness took hold, chance remarks made by others about whether I would ever be able to complete the Welsh 3000’s mountain race both took hold and over years I took to running in the mountains. Lots to catch up on and get used to using. Scotland boasts the highest mountains in the UK and has produced some of the greatest ever mountain runners that Britain has ever seen – Angela Mudge, Robbie Simpson, Andrew Douglas and Finlay Wild, to name but a few. The ridge contains 11 Munros and 16 other summits, the highest being Sgurr Alasdair at 3,255 feet. Then cruise over the Dubhs, find the wee sneaky route that takes a downward traverse around the East side of the Garbh – choire and then up to Sgurr nan Eag (the last munro) and along to Gars-bheinn (the true finish to the ridge). Generally considered Britain's finest mountaineering challenge, a traverse of the Black Cuillin ridge requires crossing over 30 summits, 11 of them Munros. You do not need a huge amount of climbing equipment, as many of the crux sections are fairly short and sharp, with the longer climbing sections requiring a cool head with fewer runners. The Cuillin Ridge Light is the best ridge in the UK for mere mortals. Skye's Cuillin Ridge Traverse. A guided four-day course aimed at people who want to get onto the Black Cuillin Ridge. Carry on down the gully (being very careful) to pop out below the SW face and then traverse round to Bealach Coir an lochain and so back to the ridge. If you wake up in the night feeling thirsty then drink, keep a water bottle with you so that even if you're feeling lazy and exhausted you can slurp away. What I mean by this is two fold. For example when I do it north to south I break it down to three sections. It is no coincidence that the Cuillin Ridge is the first route in Ken Wilson’s uber tick-list, coffee table book, Classic Rock. If you like to gamble, enjoy suffering and have good knowledge about the ridge then a one-day traverse is the way. From this point dump your kit and proceed to bag the north section, consisting off Sgurr nan Gillean and Am Bhastier. Indeed to be successful on a traverse you need to be happy at soloing around 95% of the ridge. Though the peaks on the Cuillin Ridge may not have the stature of some Munros they are a formidable challenge and include in their midst the infamous Inaccessible Pinnacle. A high pressure holding high cloud is perfect as it gives you clear weather but the cloud protects you from some of the sun. But with scrambling comes risk, and there's a lot to consider when you add children to the mix. Access to a year's subscription to Rockfax Digital. I feel shrivelled like a prune. Here, she tells the story of perseverance in the face of imperfect weather, and the challenge of… As long as it is dry, not too windy with fairly good visibility then you have an excellent chance. For this experience to be comfortable, you want it to be dry. It uses cunning and knowledge to take the easiest line, hard climbs are bypassed and the bar of necessary experience and skills is lowered. The Cuillin ridge is a 12km long ridge of continuous interest to the mountaineer, with eleven of its summits being Munros (Scottish hills over 3000ft/914m). Fill up at the high spring and drink another couple after completing the Northern end. The full traverse of the Cuillin ridge from south to north is regarded as one of the UK’s top mountaineering objectives. A full traverse of the main ridge normally takes 2 days to complete in summer conditions with a night spent sleeping on the crest of the ridge. Don't worry I'm not going to suggest you carry a tent and hang frying pans from your rucksack. The terrain steepened and the scrambling began. The traverse of the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye is arguably Britain’s best mountaineering route. Since my first encounter with the ridge over 15 years ago when Dougald was on one calorie, I have done the traverse in both directions several times. Regardless of season, wet, windy weather and bad visibility can make the Ridge difficult and dangerous. It is in fact a mammoth undertaking, and for me involves getting used to being back on a rope, using a harness and climbing gear. Sure, if you're a fit hill runner and a competent climber with a good head for heights, have some prior knowledge and good weather, bingo the ridge is yours! The book in brief: It’s a two-volume guide book with all the information required to complete the main ridge traverse on Skye’s Black Cuillin. Taking the Cuillin Ridge Light approach, she managed to complete the route in a day. It works, and I’m seeing benefits of the training I do at home and in the gym, when I visit the wall, now I’m seeing progress on the overhanging arch that has beaten me for years (I’ve never been able to get across it in all the occasional visits I’ve made). Other recommendations that may be more accessible to people would be some of the North Wales, Lakeland and Lochaber classic scrambles, such as the North ridge of Tryfan followed by Bristly ridge on Glyder Fach, Pinnacle ridge outside of Patterdale, the Aonach Eagach in Glencoe or Tower ridge on Ben Nevis. To be successful on a full traverse attempt, previous knowledge is invaluable. Pitch out of the Gap on the North face at around 'Severe' (fairly thin). You should be on target for Gars-bheinn After a previous day of awkward rope-work on the Cuillin Ridge, myself and Tom awoke at Glen Brittle campsite to a beautifully clear blue May sky. The words above may read familiar to those who have attempted the Cuillin traverse. Kids are natural climbers, and scrambling as a family can be great fun. Consider dropping everything you don't need for day 1 at a bivy site. Once you return to this point, down the extra water you carried from the burn and crack on over Bruch na Frithe and onto the middle section of the ridge. The black Cuillin are the toughest mountains in the UK. The ridge contains 11 Munros and 16 other summits, the highest being Sgurr Alasdair at 3,255 feet. I also not convinced about two days rather than one day with a light sac - I wasn't especially fit when I managed the traverse in a day and he doesn't mention your book :-), I don't mind about that at all - it's out of print now, for one thing (though another reprint is presently being discussed) Yes, general consensus is that a one-day push is the best bet with optional classic bivvy on Gars-bheinn (i.e. go up the evening before, and bivvy for a few hours until first light using a v lightweight sleeping bag that can be compressed into the bottom of your smallish sack. When on the traverse, break it down into sections. Batter over the 'In Pin' (I prefer to go up the east ridge and then abseil down the steep west side) and then around to Sgurr Mhic Choinnich, dumping your kit at the start of 'Hart's Ledge (2)'. To sum up: 2 days, 1 bivi out in the elements, Scottish weather, and one of the best mountaineering routes in Europe. Once you have chatted some folk up at the car park about your adventures then it's an easy free lift back to your vehicle only 5km away. After a failed attempt on the Skye’s Cuillin Ridge traverse in 2019, Caroline returned this year to have another go. Not to be underestimated, the ridge offers 10km of spectacular Scottish mountain scenery, and is a must do for all competent hill-goers and climbers in the UK. The Cuillin Ridge of Skye is acknowledged as the best Alpine type excursion in the whole of the UK. Remember whatever kit you stash at your bivi site will need to be carried with you the next day. Park at the forestry car park (grid 423 258) at the north end of Glen Brittle and take the Allt Dearg Mor path to the Sligachan, at the col (grid 448 268) turn right into Fionn choire and follow the burn line to the top of the ridge (this will hold water as high as 875m so an excellent place to restock on water and fill extra bags to save you dropping down again). From thebmc.co.uk:. The shop is always open and has a fantastic collection of cold drinks and ice creams. Shooting on the Cuillin Ridge. Below, I've explained the route north to south. The Cuillin are a range of rocky mountains on the Isle of Skye. So I'm with the SMC here in seeing Hart as a significant and very capable contributer (for this, amongst other things) who deserves his due when Collie generally receives his. © UKClimbing Limited. Not a great distance but a fair amount of height gain. Cuillin Ridge four-day Munro Course . Next you need to decide when you are going to do it. 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