This sustained mountain walk with basic scrambling covers the 5 major summits on Rum, including 2 Corbetts and a Graham. The Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye is the main event when it comes to scrambling in the UK. However, some things to include in your programme would be endurance, endurance and have I mentioned endurance? Read: Half traverse of Cuillin Ridge. This sustained mountain walk with basic scrambling covers the 5 major summits on Rum, including 2 Corbetts and a Graham. Advertise here. Bealach Mhic Coinnich via Coire Lagan or Bealach Coir’ An Lochain via Coir’ A Ghrunnda. At TD Gap you abseil down and then you have two choices: Option 1. I always try and drain two litres of water on the walk into the ridge in the morning. Our overall conclusion is that this is an excellent guide book and the perfect companion for walking and scrambling in the Cuillin mountains of Skye. Enabling them to tick off all of the 11 Munros along the ridge. And so we find ourselves back in the present day, in Wales and in a climbing wall. 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)'. With acres of perfect slabs in a stunning island location, the Dubh Ridge isn't only one of the longest rock climbs in the UK, but also has to be among the most enjoyable at any grade. Half traverse of Cuillin Ridge to six northerly Munros. When on the traverse, break it down into sections. The black Cuillin are the toughest mountains in the UK. A guided four-day course aimed at people who want to get onto the Black Cuillin Ridge. This then leaves me a couple of litres to my bivi site. 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). Scottish runner breaks speed record for Cuillin Ridge. Soon the Cuillin Ridge was in sight. Don't forget the six P's. Take plenty of compeed. You can show your support in one of two ways; both come with rewards, and one includes discounted products from Rockfax. All rights reserved. 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 rocks forming the ridge of the Black Cuillin … It all evens out in the end! In doing so he smashed his own previous two records, both of which he achieved earlier this year. Mike Lates has two useful and free PDFs on doing the Ridge in both summer and winter: The Cuillin Ridge - Tips for Success and The Winter Traverse. Pictured above: Running in the Isle of Skye (April 2018), with the famous Cuillin ridge looming in the distance. This traverse, in perfect running conditions, was my fourth this year. The Krab I had left to abseil at the end of march was still there! 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). Cuillin Ridge Munros: The Black Cuillin Ridge has 11 Munros scattered across its jagged skyline 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. The full traverse of the Cuillin ridge from south to north is regarded as one of the UK’s top mountaineering objectives. Lots to catch up on and get used to using. The Cuillin Ridge Light is the best ridge in the UK for mere mortals. The Cuillin ridge from Sgurr na Stri© pwilkinson, Jun 2010, Summit Fever! Make sure you get your feet used to wearing your scrambling boots all day in potentially warm temperatures: basically break your feet in. Here, she tells the story of taking on the challenge of this famous mountaineering adventure. Doing the ridge in two days requires the same kit and tactics as if you were attempting a two-day alpine route: i.e. It involves 4000m or ascent and descent. I have seen just as many people fail through wall-to-wall sunshine as I have from rain and wind. He won the British Fell Running Championships in 2015. Cuillin Ridge four-day Munro Course . the TD Gap is described as both Severe and V.Diff (when really it is generally agreed to be the former). I find the Harvey's Superwalker 1:25,000 map for The Cuillin far superior to any other. Based on a summer linkup his father Clive Rowland pioneered almost 40yrs ago, we believe this is the first winter completion. One of our ex-trainees Finlay Wild currently holds the record for running the Cuillin ridge on Skye from end to end in the unbelievable time of under 3 hours! 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. Cuillin experts reckon that perhaps only 10% of climbers succeed on their first attempt. The main Cuillin ridge is also known as the Black Cuillin to distinguish it from the Red Cuillin, which lie to the east of Glen Sligachan. I knew the route well having been up and down twice to exactly the same spot last year. Its called the Black Cuillin due to the colour of the igneous rocks which form the top peaks. New South Wales Traverse Record for Damian Hall, INTERVIEW: Kelli Roberts Breaks Women's FKT on the Cuillin Traverse, FRI NIGHT VID: A Line Across the Sky - The Fitzroy Traverse, Harness, helmet, belay device and prussik, 1 X 16ft sling with pear shaped karabiner, 2 X 8ft slings with pear shaped karabiners, Small lightweight gas stove with small cylinder and lighter, 3 X 4ft slings set up as quickdraws with 6 snap gate karabiners, Small pot with tin foil lid, mug and spoon, Clothing that is warm lightweight and easy to vent, Plenty of bivi style food, such as boil in the bag etc, Sun hat, sun cream, canvas gloves and warm hat. This two-volume guidebook provides detailed coverage of the iconic Cuillin Ridge, a 12km traverse on the Isle of Skye. It uses cunning and knowledge to take the easiest line, hard climbs are bypassed and the bar of necessary experience and skills is lowered. As there is so much ascent and descent involved it can get hugely demoralising and time seems to quickly fall by if you are on a technical section that requires rope work. The next day demands a 6am start again, which means the 'In Pin' for 7am and no 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. Agreed, but not 'wrong'. ... Running along the ridge coming off Bruach na Frithe. This report describes our adventures in doing this brilliant route by means of … If the weather is wall-to-wall sunshine then dump the waterproofs, make sure you have a good sun hat and take extra sun cream. If you fall short of any of these essentials and are just a mere mortal then read the next bit. Proper preparation prevents p... poor performance! If you like to gamble, enjoy suffering and have good knowledge about the ridge then a one-day traverse is the way. Not a great distance but a fair amount of height gain. Most people fail on the ridge because of dehydration, and it does not have to be warm and sunny. 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 article was originally published in 2008, but has been revamped for 2011. So, I wasn’t climbing, there were other things to do which I enjoyed more. A guided traverse along the Black Cuillin Ridge is Scotland’s most serious undertaking when it comes to scrambling and mountaineering. To give yourself the best chance arrive with several days to play with, so that you can pick the best day or days for your traverse attempt. The film covers Tommy Caldwell and... UKClimbing is a vibrant web site with rich content and an amazing community. He holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate and is an extremely experienced climber, mountaineer and hill walker. If you have ever taken part in any kind of marathon or endurance event then you're well on your way to understanding what to expect. But my pace was under the level it needed to be and this was a good thing. Only the most Northerly section is visible from Sligachan, where I was staying but what is visible makes no false promise of an easy journey, the Cuillin you see is the hardest ridge traverse anywhere in the UK. The Cuillin ridge runs along the Black Cuillin mountain peaks on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The 29-year-old, from Fort William, ran the epic 12km ridge on the Isle of Skye in just less than three hours. 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. At Bealach coire na Banachdich 860m (grid 444 217) you can drop down the west side to another high burn at around 800m. This then gives you your fluid for the southern and final section. A curious article with some inconsistencies e.g. For this experience to be comfortable, you want it to be dry. The route involves descending from the main ridge for some distance then climbing a weakness in the cliffs that run down form the Tooth. You can help us by becoming a UKC Supporter. 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). It is ideal if you plan to do a full traverse of the 12km ridge, including 11 Munro summits, or if you want to do shorter sections of the ridge. If possible do an equipment drop the day before your attempt. You should be on target for Gars-bheinn This week's Friday Night Video is the award-winning 'A Line Across the Sky' from Reel Rock. Small (<20L) rucksack. Top tips would include getting used to wearing a medium weight rucksack (as you may be carrying some bivi kit) on scrambling terrain. Low grade scrambles may be too easy for ropes, but the consequences of a fall can still be high. Doing the ridge from north to south has a couple of advantages. 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. What could take five minutes to solo may take up to an hour when using rock climbing equipment and ropes. The Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye is the main event when it comes to scrambling in the UK. Overview of Skye’s Cuillin Ridge Traverse book. It was early on a Saturday morning, I’d gone to bed last night later than planned and alcohol wasn’t even involved. Your email address will not be published. Pitch out of the Gap on the North face at around 'Severe' (fairly thin). The ridge contains 11 Munros and 16 other summits, the highest being Sgurr Alasdair at 3,255 feet. Seasons Most people visit the Cuillin Ridge in summer. Quote. Scottish Highlands based GP, Finlay Wild, has broken his own Cuillin Ridge speed record. View Dubh Ridge - Skye Cuillin in a larger map Getting To The Start from Glen Brittle For a direct approach you have two alternative options available in order to cross the main ridge. The traverse of the Cuillin Ridge has been described as the finest mountaineering adventure on the British Isles, containing 3,000m of ascent and descent and crossing 11 Munros (peaks over 3,000 feet). A lightweight second guidebook gives the scrambler detailed maps, topos and route description for the ridge traverse itself. Read the labels on your bivi food, some only have the same calorie content as a mars bar! 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. This is a written account with a video of phtos and film clips. If you like to gamble, enjoy suffering and have good knowledge about the ridge then a one-day traverse is the way. 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 Cuillin Ridge on Skye is hoime to 11 Munros. Even Bonnie Prince Charlie and his escorts would have walked in the shadow of the Cuillin, floundering through the bogs heading for Elgol to get a boat to the mainland and eventually France! 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. Not me! The party in the foreground are on the summit of Sgurr Mhic Choinnich. A ridge of 900m mountains rising straight out of the vibrant Hebridean seas, it has attracted climbers and walk - ers for generations. On Monday, 24-year-old Uisdean Hawthorn trotted across Skye's iconic Cuillin Ridge in 4 hours 57 minutes, knocking more than 1 hour 15 minutes off the previous winter record, set by Finlay Wild and Tim Gomersall in February 2016. 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. Also, it misses out most of the best rock pitches on the route. Ames proposed Vine Maple Valley, but Russell thought Maple Ridge to be a better name. Firstly you have a less strenuous start and secondly you can abseil many of the technical sections. They placed their choices on slips of paper, and placed them in a hat. Each one is a climb from sea level to 3000 ft. Kids are natural climbers, and scrambling as a family can be great fun. In February 2016, Wild and Tim Gomersall made a winter crossing of the Cuillin Ridge in a time of 6:14. Not a great distance but a fair amount of height gain. They also decided to name the voting precinct after the first child born in the new community. Vine Maple Valley received two out of the three votes, so they made it unanimous. Also the recommendation of a north-south traverse in the summer is strange. A decision has been made between some friends and I that during May 2016 we will make an attempt on the infamous ridge on the Scottish Isle of Skye. After a failed attempt on the Skye’s Cuillin Ridge traverse in 2019, Caroline returned this year to have another go. Stash the food you want for day two at the bivi site to save carrying two days worth of hill food on the first day. Bag the summit then double back to your kit and follow Harts Ledge to the start of the 'North Ridge (mod)' of Sgurr Thearlaich. Here's how to stay safe on the grade 1s. Scottish runner breaks speed record for Cuillin Ridge. In summer it is doubtless a classic, but in winter it has a near-mythical status where skill, fitness and good conditions must all align if one is to succeed. It included six of the most northerly Munros on the much-revered and gnarly ridge. To be successful you have to be feeling 100% on top of your game and performing at your fighting weight. Water, there has got to be some somewhere? This can be in a small way or in a larger package that includes discounted products from our sister-publishing company Rockfax. Don't worry I'm not going to suggest you carry a tent and hang frying pans from your rucksack. On Sunday 16 June, Finlay set an impressive time of 3:14:58 - coming in just under Es Tresidder's 2007 record of 3:17:28. The words above may read familiar to those who have attempted the Cuillin traverse. One of the few people out on this set of hills who also happened to be running with his dog – hi again if that was you. Rock n Ridge runs a number of the most requested Cuillin Ridge trips and uses experienced, friendly and knowledgeable Mountain Guides for your trip. 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. Book one of our Skye Cuillin Munro courses to help you make the best out of your time on the ridge. upon reaching the Tooth's summit I got a pleasant surprise. You still ascend the Munros, climb the Inaccessible Pinnacle, do a few abseils and… Map: The best map is currently Harvey's Skye, The Cuillin, though if you can find a second hand copy of the SMT map The Black Cuillin, that is worth buying too. But with scrambling comes risk, and there's a lot to consider when you add children to the mix. They made the journey from south to north in a day, having taken a little over 12 hours between Gars-bheinn and Sgurr nan Gillean. Leaving the village of Rhyd Ddu I ran up beside Y Garn and then out to summit Moel Lefn, Moel Yr Ogof and Moel Hebog, at any time of year a gorgeous circuit and one that I don’t feel is all that popular with walkers. Much better than cotton. See the equipment list on the right and the top tips and handy hints below. From this point dump your kit and proceed to bag the north section, consisting off Sgurr nan Gillean and Am Bhastier. 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