The traverse of the Cuillin Ridge is approximately 13 km in length plus 7km of approach & descent. Once on the ridge you never drop below 726M and there are some 20 peaks rising above 914M (3000ft) of which 11 are classed as Munros. Traversing the Cuillin ridge involves considerable effort and exposure, therefore it is a challenging environment including technical scrambling, rock climbing to severe grade and abseiling. Ideally you will have attended a scrambling course, or have experience of scrambling, prior to making the traverse. Highlights of the ridge include the crossing of the famous Thearlaich Dubh Gap, an ascent and abseil descent of the Inaccessable Pinnacle and a traverse of the Am Bastier Tooth, however all of these can be bypassed if required.
So, before considering this exhilarating challenge you must be fit and able to carry a fairly heavy rucsack containing all your gear for a mountaineering day, including a helmet, harness and some climbing equipment and you need to have a head for heights!
KMS have operated successful traverses of the Cuillin ridge since 2006 and operate week long courses from Carbost on the Isle of Skye's west coast, very close to the main climbing & scrambling of the Black Cuillin Ridge.
Our week long excursions to Skye & the Cuillin Ridge comprise a package of 7 nights self catering accommodation in a comfortable cottage including four days of guiding on the Cuillin Ridge. This combination gives flexibility allowing us to make the best of the weather for completing the ridge traverse successfully and you get to spend your nights in comfort! The proximity of our base makes this possible. Please note that owing to the nature of weather on Skye we cannot guarantee a complete traverse of the ridge but you will definitely have a great experience with us.
Dates for our next Cuillin Ridge Traverse week are Sept 7th - 14th 2013. Cost £425 per person.
Kendal Mountaineering Services also offer privately guided excursions in addition to our organised bi-annual Cuillin Ridge traverse packages.
These include full traverses of the ridge or specific scrambling routes on some Cuillin Classics such as Pinnacle Ridge on Sgurr Nan Gillean, the Dubhs Ridge from Loch Coruisk or the Spur on Sgurr an Fheadain. Alternatively, you may decide to do some guided climbing days taking in for example Naismiths Route up the Am Basteir Tooth or climb the Cioch face by such multi-pitch classics as Cioch Direct and Integrity to top out on Sron Na Ciche.
If you are interested in any of the above options we offer on Skye contact us for details and view our prices. Click here for the Skye Gallery or here for more photos from a previous Cuillin Ridge Traverse week.