The Cuilllin Ridge Traverse is the UK's most challenging mountaineering trip. It is incomparable to anything else found on the mainland and is a much sought after prize for mountaineers. The Ridge comprises of around 12km of scrambling with 11 Munro tops and around 20 tops giving around 3000m of ascent and descent.
A succesful Cuillin Ridge Traverse requires many ingredients to come together- good weather, the ability of the group to move well and safely on technical ground as well as very good mountain fitness. We don't guarantee success but our experienced Cuillin Ridge guides will look after you whilst giving you the best chance possible of completing this majestic challenge!
It's very hard to give hard and fast rules about the experience and fitness needed for a successful Cuillin Ridge Traverse. In short, you'll be tackling 2 full mountain days (around 10 hours each), covering sustained scrambling (some unroped), some easy rock climbing (minimum Difficult standard) and several abseils. Combine this with a night sleeping out under the stars and carrying all the kit for the 2 days (around 10kg), the scale of the traverse starts to show. You'll need a very good level of mountain fitness (more so than standard hill fitness for walking), sure footedness and a good head for exposure as well as the ability to dig deep! We'd expect clients to have taken routes like the Aonach Eagach and Curved Ridge or similar, in their stride!
About the Trip
We run this as a minimum 3 day course. This gives us the opportunity to choose the best 2 days for the traverse. If Day 2 and 3 look better for a traverse, the extra day may be used to stash some bivvy kit on the ridge, allowing us to carry less on the first day of our traverse. If the extra day is at the end of course we'll use it to retrieve vehicles if needed- most people are very glad of a rest day!
As mentioned, the Cuillin Ridge Traverse does require good weather- if this is not the case, we can still make the most of your time on the Island by guiding you on 3 individual day trips- these may include objectives like Pinnacle Ridge, Clach Glas-Blaven or similar. Time spent on the Ridge is seldom wasted and days like this all build up experience which will contribute to success on the traverse in the future. The best chances for settled weather usually happen in May, early June and September though if you can travel at short notice, there'll be other chances during the Summer months.
1:1 or 1:2
£700 for 1 person, £750 for 2 people
-Guiding for a traverse (or 3 individual days)
-Use of technical kit (helmets/harnesses/ropes)
-Breakfast and Dinner on the overnight bivvy during the traverse
Please feel free to get in touch to discuss your plans and aspirations for the Cuillin!