Kendal Mountaineering Services regularly run successful Cuillin Ridge Traverse trips to the Isle of Skye. We ran our most recent trip in May 2016 in perfect conditions with three persons getting to traverse a considerable length of the Cuillin Ridge and gaining all of the eleven Munro summits.
We will now be running our next residential Cuillin Ridge Traverse trips to the Isle of Skye during May 6th - 13th & May 13th to 20th 2017. There are six places available on each trip at £450 per person.
This is an excellent opportunity to experience the Cuillin Ridge of Skye. Participants often have differing objectives for attending, some may wish to bag the 11 munros on the Cuillin Ridge, others may want to complete a traverse of the Cuillin Ridge. Here, both can be done together.
Our package allows for considerable flexibility. We will have six full days of which four will involve being guided by Iain Gallagher, Mountaineering Instructor, with the ultimate aim of a complete traverse. There are also two rest days allowing us to be flexible and make the best of the weather when choosing our four Cuillin Ridge traverse days.
The price is £450 per person and is excellent value for what is on offer. This package includes 7 nights self catering accommodation in a comfortable cottage, a guided traverse of the Cuillin Ridge of Skye from end to end done, if possible, over a maximum of 4 days. Please note that we cannot guarantee a complete ridge traverse as it is often weather dependent, but we will do our best!
As the accommodation is not too far from the Cuillins, we make daily forays into the ridge allowing us to complete the traverse section by section but spending each night in a comfortable bed and getting a good meal at the end of each day - this itinerary has been proven to work well. There are a maximum of six places available on these Cuillin Ridge traverse trips and all of these places are allocated on the basis of deposits received. First come, first served!
To achieve success on this trip, you need to be a fit and active hill walker, able to carry all of your own personal equipment for each day out on the mountains and you will be expected to carry additional climbing equipment such as ropes as well.
Everyone must be equipped with a helmet & harness which can be provided as part of the course fee. You will need plenty of liquid each day and high energy food is advisable.
Clients also need to be aware this is a committing and sustained 13km alpine style ridge traverse often on scrambling ground of grade one standard but also frequently with sections of grade two & three ground where roping up is essential. There are also sections of rock climbing such as the Thearlaich Dubh Gap (severe) and the Inaccessible Pinnacle (an optional but polished Diff) and a number of abseils to be made. Therefore previous experience of scrambling is a must and some knowledge of ropework, preferable. In addition, you will need a good head for heights and be comfortable with a degree of exposure.
The Cuillin Ridge Traverse is the best of its type in the UK and Iain has a great deal of experience guiding on this ridge. Iain cannot guarantee your success in completing the full traverse, only the weather & your ability will allow us to achieve this, but with his help and your commitment to working together as part of a team, success is a real possibility.
With regards personal equipment for the ridge traverse; people must have good quality waterproofs and bring plenty of warm clothing plus hats & gloves. On Skye, even in May it can still be wet or cold (or both on occasion). On a number of previous occasions - we have even had snow to deal with!
Due to the nature of the terrain, please do not come expecting to traverse the ridge in approach shoes. They are inappropriate for this traverse; stout leather or fabric boots with good ankle support, a solid and preferably cleated Vibram sole are the order of the day for this mountaineering journey.
People have ignored this advice in the past and then experienced difficulties on the ridge - slowing down progress for all concerned and more importantly risking injury. If you are in any doubt about your kit, please ask us and we can advise.
If you would like any additional information about the Cuillin Ridge or would like to book a place on this fantastic Skye Cuillin Ridge holiday package, then please contact us and we will be happy to help.
To book a place we require a £100 deposit with the balance of £350 being due no less than 1 month before the start date of the trip.
NOTE Deposits and balances are non refundable once paid unless we are able to fill your place with another person. If we cancel the course - you are due a full, unconditional refund.
Photographs from top to bottom are:
Looking South along the Cuillin Ridge From Bruach Na Frithe
The Southernmost part of the Cuillin Ridge from the top of the Great Stone Chute
Reaching the top of the Inaccessible Pinnacle
Loch Coruisk From Sgurr A Ghreadaidh
Sunset over Loch Bracadale and McLeods Tables from our accommodation
We look forward to seeing you for a memorable week on Skye.
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