That is, on top of the already emotionally difficult and tricky six Munros. Comprised mainly of hard, rough gabbro rock and smoother basalt the ridge was sculpted into its current form by glacial activity and subsequent weathering over the millennia, which created the unique jagged character of the Ridge. 5 of the best long-distance trails in Scotland, More people want to forage for wild food, reveals survey, Inspiration / Outdoors & adventure / Running / Ultra running, 11 great reasons to sign up to Blair Castle Trail Weekender, Activity / Cycle Routes / Cycling / Mountain biking / Road cycling, I recommend: Ben’s bike repair service in Glasgow, Helmet law leads to drop in bike-related injuries. The Four days will be planned around the weather to help you achieve the Munro summits. I told G I couldn’t go on. The Cuillin Ridge on Skye is hoime to 11 Munros. A handful of short rock climbs are encountered along the route but these are not a problem compared to the physical and mental effort required. Any views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views on this website. I was so frightened of what was around the corner, the next section of narrow ledge with horrible exposure, the next climb, the unknowns. T he Cuillin Munros are a challenge for many walkers and scramblers, and undoubtedly the major stumbling block in the way of any dog owners looking to make a canine completion. Snap happy: A shiny new camera for my birthday! Skye Guides on The Cuillin Munros Ridge Traverse; Cuillin Munros; Winter; Water. I can’t fathom how some people feel so afraid, while others relish the ridge and the heights. The Cuillin Ridge courses explore the ridges and summits, including many of the Munros such as the Inaccessible Pinnacle (In Pinn). Of the 283 Scottish Munros, 12 are  in the Black Cuillin on Skye. The ridge can be hot, cold, wet, snowy and sometimes all in one day. Spend 4 days with us on Skye's famed Cuillin ridge; Reach superb vantage points from where vast views can be savoured. The Munros are named after Sir Hugh Munro, who produced the first compilation of such hills, known as Munro’s Tables, in 1891. The Four days will be planned around the weather to help you achieve the Munro summits. Our good friend David joined us. I confess I have no idea how I made it to the end of this huge and terrifying walk-climb on the Cuillin Ridge, Isle of Skye. 8 miles (13km) of walking on footpaths across moderately and very rough terrain (block fields). While Cuillin rock is very grippy and I found I could trust my feet (I wore Salomon Speedcross trail shoes), there were also sections of loose path and scree. It offers 11 ruggedly beautiful Munro peaks, often a nemesis for hill-walkers due to the exposure, complex terrain, and difficult route finding. Yet, I still had eight more Munros to summit on the Cuillin Ridge if I wanted to finish my Munro round of 282 mountains. There are 282 Munros in Scotland, and many agree that these 11 are perhaps the hardest. It’s an excellent guidebook to a traverse, or sections of a traverse, on the Cuillin Ridge – and I will be reviewing it soon. My method, in a bid to keep my head, was to look only at the next move and only at the next climb or section of traverse. Not only do they require technical skills to reach their summits but navigating through this tricky and sometimes hazardous terrain takes patience, experience and without prior knowledge; visibility. Your guide will show you a way along this complex and involved scrambling ridge, the longest in the United Kingdom. I mark these as such. There is then 12km of continuous scrambling mostly along a narrow crest with concentration required on every step. This version took in the 11 Cuillin Munros, but bypassed many of the unnecessary pinnacles and more technical sections along the ridge. Main route summary. There were times when I could smile because I felt safe enough away from an edge or the awful drop-offs and climbs. I also had a harness, Petzl Meteor helmet, carabiner and belay plate. The companies and brands receive no guarantee of endorsement. We knew this before we set off and we took as much water as we could carry. Skye Basecamp is in the heart of  Broadford & will be home to our guides over the summer months. That said you’ll still need to have a good level of fitness – hopefully around our Silver level – Click here to find out more. I recall one time, halfway along the traverse between the two sets of three Munros, when I had a total meltdown. Other blogs many also include a link to this disclosure page because they are commissioned posts. But it was a very hot day and we did not have enough water and we ended up dehydrated. Bag all 11 Munros on the Cuillin Ridge, including the famed 'Inaccessible Pinnacle'. Our booking process will include suggestions on good practices during your visit. I think that after several outings of multiple Munros, such as the Cairngorms 4000fters and the Lawers Seven, I thought that it made sense to have one long day instead of two shorter days. It’s vital that you have the right kit and clothing with you. The Munros of the Skye Cuillin are some of the most prized and challenging summits in Britain with some of the most spectacular mountain scenery anywhere in the UK. Two years ago, I ticked off three of the 11 Munros on the ridge, the In Pinn (Sgurr Dearg), Sgurr Alasdair and Sgurr Mhic Choinnich. Take the book: Skye’s Cuillin Ridge Traverse. Skye's Black Cuillin ridge Munros (south) Routes on Sgurr Dearg 'In-Pinn', Sgurr Alasdair & neighbours The southern section of the famed Cuillin Ridge contains some of the finest ridge walking and scrambling in the country. Of the 283 Scottish Munros, 12 are in the Black Cuillin on Skye. Email: [email protected] Last week, time off work and a good weather forecast combined to give Hubby G and I hope of reaching some of the Cuillin Munros. Gordie descends the final Munro, Sgurr nan Gillean. The Cuillin Munros are acknowledged as the hardest to attain and linking them is even tougher, with many narrow ridges to scramble and concentration required on every step. By the time I was convinced I didn’t want to do the six Munro outing after all, G and David were so keen to do it that I simply went along with the plan. Looking at the photos and film clips (see below), is interesting because I don’t think I fully allowed myself to really “see” where I was. The Cuillin ridge traverse is simply the best mountaineering route for shredding your footwear in the country! He also knows exactly how to handle my emotions and without him I doubt I would have finished all the Munros. You never know how long you will be on the ridge and a head torch is vital if you end up walking in the dark. It was simply that my emotions often overcame me. With our tailored course, we will make the best of the conditions and weather to give us the best chance of success. I did not have my normal clear lens specs with me and this led to a difficult walk out in the darkening landscpae. Please contact us directly by e-mail to mike@skyeguides.co.uk to discuss your situation. Somehow I made it through, but it meant that I was not keen to return to the ridge. There were so many unknowns and the build up of these made me anxious for most of this outing. ), Water is very hard to come by on the ridge. Tackling the Cuillin Ridge Munros over 3-Days When your take on the most technically challenging Munros you rely on expert Mountaineering Guides and I cannot recommend Ken and Dave highly enough. (What if the nut comes out, what if the rock falls off, what if I fall and take G with me? With our guided Cuillin Munro Bagging it is possible to tick off all the Munros in four days but you can take as long as you wish. I am not great with heights (actually, that is an understatement) and the long drops on the narrow ridge, as well as the massive feeling of exposure, were over-whelming at times. I am a widely published journalist and also a multi award-winning blogger. Fiona Outdoors receives free products for reviews from brands and companies, but I only accept products on condition of independence. It was an expensive taxi ride to re-find his van key at our van. The Cuillin Munros . The days are still long and will involve lots of Scrambling on mountainous terrain. Scotland and Skye have, touch wood, contained the virus and the focus is very much on keeping it this way. Sadly, when he was swapping to a larger rucksack (so he could carry a rope) at our campervan, he had forgotten his wallet and van key. These are peaks of which dreams are made - and nightmares! David, who is a much less experienced climber, doesn’t appear to have the same fear of heights as me. But, even still, my peripheral vision caught sight of the drop-offs on occasions. I specialise in writing about the great outdoors and adventure. The Cuillin Munros are acknowledged as the hardest to attain and linking them is even tougher, with many narrow ridges to scramble and concentration required on every step. I have never experienced midges at such a height. Both inspired confidence with their knowledge and professionalism and made the challenge an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. I require to monetise my website on occasions and so I choose, with care, some paid-for posts. I didn’t imagine we would be out for so long and I was wearing prescription sunglasses. Take both types of specs. I am good at doing this but even so it can be difficult when you are feeling tired and emotional. Its an amazing challenge for lovers of narrow ridges, massive exposure and exciting climbs. Tackling the Cuillin Ridge Munros over 3-Days When your take on the most technically challenging Munros you rely on expert Mountaineering Guides and I cannot recommend Ken and Dave highly enough. A lack of food and energy affected us all by the end of the walk. Even as we descended the final Munro, on a much easier section of ridge – although still with airy drops to contend with – I could not relax. Complex navigation, exposed scrambling, technical rock climbing and an abseil mean many Munroists put off these tops to last - and most dog owners will probably leave their pet behind. I am incredibly proud that I managed to finish the half traverse; that I fought to overcome my fear. With our tailored course, we will make the best of the conditions and weather to give us the highest chance of success. I’m a widely published journalist, a knowledgeable and engaging web copywriter and a professional blogger. Many of their summits require scrambling or even rock-climbing to reach. I was drained both physically and emotionally for days afterwards. Experience of scrambling is preferable for the climbing courses. Back; Book Online; Contact; Cuillin Munros “I regret to say that not one of us left the Cuchullins without irreparable damage to our knickerbockers ” Ernest Maylard SMC Journal Vol II, 1893. Our priority is very much to safeguard the health of our guests, staff and the local population of Skye. Cuillin rock is sharp and rough. They are advertorial, although I still monitor the content to ensure it is of a good standard. (Without his encouragement, I would never have even ventured on to the ridge). I completed a half traverse of the terriftying ridge and summited six of the most northerly Munros. This means that I may have received payment for the posts. The eleven Munros on the Skye Cuillin Ridge are among the most challenging mountains the UK has to offer. It was his first time on the ridge. Complex navigation, exposed scrambling, technical rock climbing and an abseil mean many Munroists put off these tops to last - and most dog owners will probably leave their pet behind. A Munro is a Scottish mountain with a summit height of more than 3,000 ft (914.4 m). If you are doing an A to B route, remind your friend to take his car key. 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. It was so warm that we sweated a huge amount and when you are on a ridge the sun exposure can be high. 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